I received the following email last week:
I’ve been in talks with (a Christian publisher) regarding publishing a compilation of my blog posts as a devotional. This was my original vision when I started blogging back in 2011
However, they have informed me that a 365-page book (a year of devotionals) is unfeasible, and will be way too expensive. They would have me do a 100-day book instead.
Their package is also quite pricey for someone of my means at present. I have everything in my head as to how I want it to look; title, cover, everything. And when I see novels of upwards of 400 pages, I think: How come my book can’t be that big?
That so-called “Christian” publisher is pretty well-known. After reading so many horror stories, we can pretty much predict what they’re trying to do with your book.
Once they’re certain they have an author in their clutches, they will do whatever they can to increase the amount of $$$ they can suck out of that author.
Their cheapest publishing package is more than $1,000. If they can convince an author to split one book into three, that author will then pay $3,000 instead of $1,000! Of course, that salesperson will triple their commission as well.
In my opinion, that’s a dirty trick. Remember, just because a company uses the word “Christian” in their marketing materials doesn’t mean they’re ethical. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m pretty sure God doesn’t want companies using his name in their advertising.
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Angela Hoy is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, the author of 19 books, and the co-owner of BookLocker.com (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), PubPreppers.com (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).
Angela has lived and traveled across the U.S. with her kids in an RV, settled in a river-side home in Bradenton, FL, and lived on a 52 ft Irwin sailboat. Angela now resides on a mountaintop in Northwest Georgia, where she plans to spend the rest of her days bird watching, gardening, hiking, and taking in all of the amazing sunrises.
WritersWeekly.com - the free marketing ezine for writers, which features new paying markets and freelance job listings every Wednesday.
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