“I’m moving my book from CreateSpace to BookLocker. How come BookLocker’s prices are so much lower than the other companies?”

“I’m moving my book from CreateSpace to BookLocker. How come BookLocker’s prices are so much lower than the other companies?”

Q –

I am moving my book from CreateSpace to BookLocker. Silly question, but I imagine that you get asked this a lot?  How come BookLocker is so much less expensive than all other companies?

Marc


A –

Yes, we DO receive that question a lot and, unfortunately, some people look at our prices, and move on to a firm that costs far more because of “perceived value.” But, the value is NOT less and, in fact, since BookLocker’s inception 19 years ago, we have been known for our excellent customer service, quality, and advocacy activities for the rights of authors and freelance writers. We and almost all of our competitors use the same printer and distributor so quality and distribution are the same.

The reason our prices are so low is simple. At BookLocker.com, we break even on setup fees, and earn our profits on book sales. That way, we and the author have a vested interest in the success of their book. The “other guys” get as much as they can out of authors up-front, and then don’t seem to care if the books sell or not because they’ve already made plenty of money on the front end. Of course, that doesn’t stop them from upselling authors on worthless services even after the book has been published.

At BookLocker, we don’t do business that way. According to Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing:

BookLocker.com is “as close to perfection as you’re going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I’ve ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and has put together a package that is the best in the business. You can’t go wrong here. Plus, they’re selective and won’t publish any manuscript just because it’s accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors’ books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know.”

If you’d like to know more about BookLocker, or if you have any questions at all about publishing (even traditional publishing), I’m RIGHT HERE  to help. 🙂

– Angela

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About The Author

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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.

BookLocker.com - According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is: "As close to perfection as you're going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I've ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and have put together a package that is the best in the business. You can't go wrong here. Plus, they're selective and won't publish any manuscript just because it's accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors' books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know."

Abuzz Press offers FAST and FREE book publication, but only accepts a small percentage of submissions, and only works with U.S. authors.

PubPreppers.com - "We Prep, You Publish!" Print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish. Offers formatting and design services only, and then provides simple instructions for authors on where to sign up to have the print and ebook editions printed/listed/sold. Cut out the middle man. Keep 100% of what bookstores pay for your book!

Angela's POD Secrets Revealed Series can be found HERE.

Have a POD Book with another publisher? See if BookLocker can give you a better deal. (BookLocker offers "disgruntled author discounts" to those who want to move from other POD services.)


See BookLocker's publishing packages HERE.


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90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book's Daily Marketing Plan by Angela Hoy and Richard Hoy



Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!

 



Writing FAST: How to Write Anything with Lightning Speed


A systematic approach to writing that generates better quality quickly!


Chock full of ideas, tips, techniques and inspiration, this down-to-earth book is easy to read, and even easier to apply. Let author Jeff Bollow take you through a process that brings your ideas to the page faster, more powerfully and easier than ever before.




Read more here:
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Recently Answered Questions:



I am not a CPA and this is not tax advice. Please consult with your CPA or a tax professional for advice on your specific needs. 

Q –

Angela,

In talking to many independent authors, there is a growing awareness of the penalties of not collecting Sales Tax. In several states, if you exceed the tax threshold, you must register and file financial documents with the tax authorities of those states.

It is extremely difficult to stop filing reports later, even if sales slow down or stop completely. If you do not collect and file, there are very significant tax penalties and fines that far exceed any revenue the book sales may have produced.

Who is responsible for reporting and paying those taxes to avoid the penalties and fines?

– M


A –

The company (or person) selling the product is responsible for collecting and remitting sales tax…in some instances. Things have changed quite a bit in the sales tax realm. After many years of the Internet enabling tax-free purchases, states started getting antsy. Then, federal law was passed permitting states to jump their borders when collecting sales tax.

“Economic Nexus legislation generally requires an out-of-state retailer to collect and remit sales tax once the retailer meets a set level of sales transactions or gross receipts activity (a threshold) within the state. No physical presence is required.”SalesTaxInstitute.com

In other words, many states now require persons and companies located out of state to collect and remit sales tax if the product is shipped to someone in that taxing state. However, most of those states have sales thresholds that must first be met before you’re required to start collecting and remitting sales tax for that state. For example, if you’re an independent author shipping a book to California, you’d need to have generated $500K in sales to CA residents before you’d hit the threshold. But, other states have lower thresholds. Some have thresholds based on the number of transactions. Other states use a combination of sales and transaction thresholds. I.E. $100K in sales or 200 transactions.

You ARE required to collect and remit sales tax in your own state for books sold in and shipped to addresses in your state, and there are no thresholds for those.

If you don’t want to deal with all of that, refer your buyers to your publisher’s website, or Amazon, or elsewhere.

If someone buys a taxable product, and is not charged sales tax on that item, they are supposed to report and pay “use tax” on that purchase to their own state. However, most people do not do that. That’s why so many states have enacted these new sales tax laws.

If you want to see a chart detailing different states’ sales tax requirements, and their thresholds, the best resource for that is RIGHT HERE.

If you have questions about collecting and remitting sales tax in your state, go to the department of revenue website for your state, and then find the sales tax link. There’s a handy list of those websites RIGHT HERE.

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At this moment, thousands of would-be authors are slaving away on their keyboards, dreaming of literary success. But their efforts won’t count for much. Of all those manuscripts, trade book editors will sign up only a slim fraction.

And of those titles--ones that that editors paid thousands of dollars to contract, print and publicize--an unhealthy percentage never sell enough copies to earn back their advances. Two years later, most will be out of print!

Acquisition Editor Tam Mossman shares seven essentials every book needs to stay in print, and sell!



Read more here:


http://writersweekly.com/books/5635.html







Writing FAST: How to Write Anything with Lightning Speed


A systematic approach to writing that generates better quality quickly!


Chock full of ideas, tips, techniques and inspiration, this down-to-earth book is easy to read, and even easier to apply. Let author Jeff Bollow take you through a process that brings your ideas to the page faster, more powerfully and easier than ever before.




Read more here:
http://writersweekly.com/books/3695.html







90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book's Daily Marketing Plan by Angela Hoy and Richard Hoy



Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!



 

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Q –

I just finished my new book and I’m going to be creating how-to videos to post online (and to promote my book). Should I post these on my own website or should I use YouTube. I know YouTube gets a lot more traffic than I ever will.

B.H.


A –

Kudos to you for using videos to promote your book! Having how-to videos that provide even more information for your readers is a fantastic idea!!

I have previously written about not giving control of your business to other companies. For example, Facebook is removing accounts left and right. You could lose all of your followers and friends in one fell swoop. Instagram (owned by Facebook), Twitter, LinkedIn…all of them have the power to kill your online presence on their platforms.

How do I know? I lost my personal Facebook and Instagram accounts last year after I posted the cover for our managing editor’s book. The book is called Blue Lives Matter: The Heart Behind the Badge. It contains numerous stories from Brian Whiddon’s days as a cop, including the story of how he lost his entire police career after standing up to his department after he watched the wrongful arrest of a black man.

Of course, Facebook and Instagram didn’t read the book to get the real story. They didn’t even read the back cover. They simply didn’t like the title. I lost more than 15 years worth of photos and correspondence with friends and family – with no warning whatsoever. I appealed over and over again and they ignored me.

Likewise, if you use a third-party hosting website for your blog or your website, if they go out of business, or if they decide they simply don’t like your content some day, you could lose all of your hard work with the click of a button.

So, first, make sure YOU own your URL outright. That means you need to BUY YOUR DOMAIN NAME. Do NOT use something like yourname.freewebsitehost.com. You will NOT own that URL.

Second, never, ever use a free hosting service, even for your blog. That makes you far more susceptible to censorship. Only work with a reputable, fee-based website/blog hosting service.

Third, while posting your videos on YouTube is fine, also post them to your own website, and direct people to that link first. It’s okay to use YouTube in the hopes that you’ll get some business from their viewers, but never count on YouTube as your sole source for online video publishing.

Like Facebook, YouTube has a reputation for tearing down videos, and even entire channels, if they don’t like your beliefs, opinions, politics, or advice.

Remember to NEVER give another company the power to put you out of business.

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Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!



Q – 

My book contains speeches by foreign heads of state that, when translated, have grammatical errors. Is it appropriate or necessary to somehow note that somewhere in the book? I do not want to change their words. 


A – 

The appropriate way to note an error, or what might be confusing text, from someone else is like this:

“She were [sic] in her car at the red light.”

This not only preserves the original person’s actual quote, but it also lets the reader know that the error was not the author’s.

For more info., see:
https://archives.cjr.org/language_corner/language_corner_080914.php

Different style guides have different formatting requirements for this so be sure to check your particular style guide before using “[sic]” in an article or book.

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33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Blind Characters



I admire any writer who wants to tackle a blind character. But so many writers take up this challenge and FAIL. They research blindness by reading other fiction books, by observing their blind colleagues and acquaintances, and by tying on a blindfold and pretending to be blind themselves.



I understand the challenges your characters face, their triumphs, their hopes and their fears, because I've lived them. I work with people who have varying degrees of blindness every day, so I've seen every challenge, every situation you could imagine.



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90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book's Daily Marketing Plan by Angela Hoy and Richard Hoy



Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!

HOW TO REMEMBER, WRITE AND PUBLISH YOUR LIFE STORY


Angela Hoy's popular online class is now available in book format!


Remember Your Past
Write It and Publish It
in as little as 12 weeks!



Angela Hoy's book will get you started!



  • Using Angela's MEMORY TRIGGERS, recall memories that have been dormant for years
  • Record those memories in chronological order in your memory notebook
  • Using the memory notebook as your outline, write your autobiography!
  • Also works for biographies and memoirs!

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7.625 STRATEGIES IN EVERY BEST-SELLER - Revised and Expanded Edition


At this moment, thousands of would-be authors are slaving away on their keyboards, dreaming of literary success. But their efforts won’t count for much. Of all those manuscripts, trade book editors will sign up only a slim fraction.

And of those titles--ones that that editors paid thousands of dollars to contract, print and publicize--an unhealthy percentage never sell enough copies to earn back their advances. Two years later, most will be out of print!

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TRAVEL WRITING 2.0: Earning Money from your Travels in the New Media Landscape - SECOND EDITION


Completely revised edition of the ground-breaking travel writing book that provides a road map to success in the digital age. It dives headlong into the entrepreneurial world of blogging and digital books, while still acknowledging the real money to be made in declining print forms.

Drawing on interviews and survey responses from more than 100 successful travel writers and bloggers, this is the definitive guide to creating success instead of waiting for permission. Written by a veteran, award-winning writer with two decades of experience as a book author, online publisher, freelancer, and blogger.

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Q –

Amazon removed an abusive review that accused me of racism (it was obvious that person didn’t even read the book), and then put it back up again. At the same time, they removed a legitimate 5-star review!

What to do about trolls? I’ve written Amazon twice now; am awaiting their response.


A –

I read the one-star review of your book on Amazon. This person clearly has some sort of score to settle with you. His (or her) use of the words “privilege and opportunity” tell me that he or she is jealous of the traveling you were able to do in your life, and certainly envious of your ability to write about your adventures.

Is it possible that someone you know has a beef with you, and posted that negative review twice?

One of our authors once had an ex-neighbor post horrible reviews about his book. And, they weren’t even about the book. They were about the author himself. Amazon would not remove them.

If an author has any enemies (or suspected enemies), I recommend he or she remove those people from their social media friends’ lists, as well as their email lists long before marketing of a new book begins.

I once had a so-called “friend” on Facebook report me for one of my posts and my entire personal Facebook account got banned without warning. What did I do? I posted the cover of our managing editor’s new book, Blue Lives Matter: The Heart Behind the Badge. It is a book of stories of his days as a cop. That same person reported his Facebook account that same day, too, and he was permanently banned as well.

What that person didn’t know (because they didn’t read the book) was that Brian lost his job as a cop after witnessing the wrongful arrest of a black individual. He knew, before walking into the chief’s office, that what he was about to do would end his career. The police chief told him to mind his own business so Brian then met with the Public Defender who was representing the victim. The charges were dropped but Brian was still fired from his job as a police officer for insubordination, and no other agency would hire him. The career he’d dreamed about since childhood was over. But, Brian would do it all over again because it was the right thing to do.

Keep your enemies close…but not when promoting your own work, or that of a friend or family member.

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7.625 STRATEGIES IN EVERY BEST-SELLER - Revised and Expanded Edition


At this moment, thousands of would-be authors are slaving away on their keyboards, dreaming of literary success. But their efforts won’t count for much. Of all those manuscripts, trade book editors will sign up only a slim fraction.

And of those titles--ones that that editors paid thousands of dollars to contract, print and publicize--an unhealthy percentage never sell enough copies to earn back their advances. Two years later, most will be out of print!

Acquisition Editor Tam Mossman shares seven essentials every book needs to stay in print, and sell!



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Q –

Dear Ang,

My new publisher highlights their services for me to be MARKETING my novel. I have not been a successful marketer. They got me some reviews of my book but I had to pay several thousand dollars for those.

Concerning me is that I believe they see me as their “cash cow” now. They’re now wanting me to pay to have my book considered for a movie. They do have my fantasies churning; that’s their job. They want to promote my next book, too.

My question for you, Ang: They want me to agree to pay almost $3,000 for 2 years of “insurance” that will encourage bookstores to purchase copies of my books This will reassure stores that they can return unsold volumes without expense to the stores.

My publisher told me they have a commitment for 500 printed books by “a large bookstore company” but, to close that deal, I have to buy the insurance. A business friend told me that sounds bogus.

I am told I am being scammed. I am suspicious, too, but they’re appealing to my “dream-life” comparable to an addiction.

Could you tell me if you are familiar with “book return insurance” that reassures bookstores that they can return books they receive “on consignment,” which is what my publisher has pitched to me?

I would be very appreciative for your professional opinion. You have given me sound advice over the years.


A –

Don’t do it. That $3000 basically means you’re paying for all of the books being sent to those bookstores – and then some. Don’t count on getting anything back. You won’t…unless it’s a pile of dusty, bent, unsellable books. It wouldn’t surprise me if the publisher never printed and sent any books to any bookstore at all.

There is no “insurance company” offering such a thing. That company is trying to make you think bookstores will order your book if you pay the “publisher” (ahem, scammer) $3000. It’s unlikely any store will stock your book even if you do pay the $3000. It’s disgusting how they’re trying to scam you by giving you a tasty morsel of a possible future sale from a large “bookstore company.” (That’s a weird way to word it, am I right??) I’m glad you were suspicious. Believe me. After you paid the $3K, they were going to later tell you that the sale fell through for one reason or another.

Amazon outsells all bookstore chains combined now. With all the best sellers, backlist titles, and new traditionally published books (that publishers are paying bookstores to stock), there simply isn’t enough shelf space for the millions of new books published each year now, most of which are self-published.

(Note: I also sent this author links to numerous complaints about his publisher, which is running a pretty lucrative scam on numerous fronts.)

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We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!

Make Sure Your Marketing is Targeted at the Right Audience



How Many Copies Of Your Book Would You Have To Sell In Order To Break Even?








Q –

Angela,

What do you recommend for authors when they are creating a marketing website-their name or the name of the book, or something else?

Rich


A –

I recommend using your name so you can use the website to promote future books as well. Think about it. Imagine needing to create a brand new website for each book you publish. That would be a huge pain. It’s a much better idea to create an author website, and then create pages on that site to promote each of your books.

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33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Blind Characters



I admire any writer who wants to tackle a blind character. But so many writers take up this challenge and FAIL. They research blindness by reading other fiction books, by observing their blind colleagues and acquaintances, and by tying on a blindfold and pretending to be blind themselves.



I understand the challenges your characters face, their triumphs, their hopes and their fears, because I've lived them. I work with people who have varying degrees of blindness every day, so I've seen every challenge, every situation you could imagine.



Let me share my knowledge to improve your writing. You can create blind characters that readers will fall in love with.

~Stephanie Green



Writing FAST: How to Write Anything with Lightning Speed


A systematic approach to writing that generates better quality quickly!


Chock full of ideas, tips, techniques and inspiration, this down-to-earth book is easy to read, and even easier to apply. Let author Jeff Bollow take you through a process that brings your ideas to the page faster, more powerfully and easier than ever before.




Read more here:
http://writersweekly.com/books/3695.html









Q –

Angela,

I am confused. First rights means the publication is buying the right to be the first to publish the piece.

If they buy one-time rights, they are allowed to print it once, but not necessarily first.

If the piece has already appeared elsewhere, they can buy reprint rights.

I understand this except – 

If they do not accept the article, can the writer submit it to other publishers? Or, is the article dead to print again?

If they accept the article, but never print it, can it be sold to another publication?

If they print the article, can you send it to other publishers for them to print also, or is the article dead to print again?

To submit a query letter, do you only send the letter, or attach the article and photos?

I know this upsets you on repeating the same things over and over. If you are too busy, just ignore it until later.

Thank you,

D.D.


A –

No problem at all! I’m here to help!! 🙂

You have questions about two topics: Rights and Querying.

RIGHTS

On Spec
If an editor assigned an article to you on spec (meaning they would only pay you if it’s accepted), but then rejected it, and never paid for it, you own the rights. If you submit an article to an editor on-spec, without an assignment, and if they reject it, you own the rights.

Paid For…but Never Published
If an editor paid you for an article, they own whatever rights they purchased (check your contract), regardless if they end up publishing it or not.

If they purchased first rights, and then never published the article, they probably won’t care if you sell the article to another publication but you must still ask. Contact the editor to tell him or her that you are planning to allow another publication to publish the article since the first publication isn’t going to use it.

Reprint Rights
If you sell reprint/second rights to an editor, you are usually permitted to sell it again, and again. It would be unusual for an editor buying reprint rights to also demand all future rights.

All Rights
If you have sold all rights to an editor, and if they paid you per the contract terms, they own the entire piece forever and ever, whether they publish it or not. Even if they never publish it, they still own it. You can ask them later if you can sell it elsewhere. They may or may not allow you to do so. This is why I recommend writers demand more money for all rights to an article.

QUERY LETTER VS. COMPLETE MANUSCRIPT

A query letter is used to pitch an idea for a future article to an editor. This is typically a one page (or even shorter) letter or email. See: Query Letters That Worked

A query letter should NOT include the entire article and photos.

If you plan to submit an article and photo(s) on spec (not a query letter), you should first obtain permission from the publication before sending them an email with attachments.

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Writing is a constant dialogue between author and reader.



The craft of writing involves an interchange of emotions between an author and a reader. An author creates a story line, conflict, and characters, gives his characters words to speak, and then hands off these materials to a reader. This process results in a constant dialogue between the mental imagery produced by a reader and that proposed by the author.





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http://writersweekly.com/books/6712.html



How Many Copies Of Your Book Would You Have To Sell In Order To Break Even?




 

 

Q –

Angela,

What are the benefits of going with a hybrid publisher vs POD?

EK


A –

hy·​brid | \ ˈhī-brəd

“A hybrid is a mixture of two different things…” (Vocabulary.com)

Such a cool sounding word, right? But…

Be very wary of the term “hybrid publisher.” Many companies use that term to trick authors into thinking that the company itself is footing part of the bill for book publishing. However, when you look at the numbers, the author is the one paying all of the fees.

For example, a so-called “hybrid publisher” may quote the author $5K in fees, but say that the publisher is also investing $5K in the book publishing project. In reality, they are NOT. It does NOT cost $5K to publish a book. Not even close.

A true hybrid publisher is a firm that pays all of the up-front publishing fees, but does not lock an author into an exclusive contract for decades. However, a hybrid publisher will typically not set up book signings without charging the author to do so, they will not send out press releases without charging the author for it, etc., etc.

A hybrid publisher will take a chance on an author, and invest funds in the project, but they’re not going to risk going broke in the process if the book does not take off. That’s why the contracts for hybrid publishers are usually for much shorter periods of time than those offered by traditional publishers.

POD (print on demand) is simply a method of printing a book only when it is ordered. Many hybrid publishers, as well as traditional ones, use POD technology now.

Abuzz Press, which we own, is a true hybrid publisher. Authors pay nothing up front and the contract is exclusive for only three years. However, authors are responsible for book promotion. And, Abuzz Press accepts only a handful of submissions each year.

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I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice. Please consult with your attorney for any and all legal questions you have. 


Today’s post is not in Q&A format because, well, you’ll see…

It happened again. I had to cut another author loose for potential legal liability. Why?

1. The author shared VERY personal information about friends and family members, including the illegal activities performed by one of them.

2. The author claimed she changed everyone’s names…but she didn’t change her own.

3. The author would be promoting the book under her own name so anyone who knows her would probably be able to figure out who the other people in the book are.

4. She refused to get a signed release from those friends because she KNOWS none of them will ever sue her.

Yeah, she really wrote that.

I have previously written about this topic using different scenarios from questions I’ve received in the past. Those posts include:

What still always shocks me is when authors assume that someone who is their friend today will still be their friend tomorrow. We’ve heard of family members suing authors for what was written, even when names were changed. Heck, we’re pretty sure we’ve seen and heard just about every possible scenario with regards to libel in books just from our research for WritersWeekly’s In the News column over the years.

So, when authors come to me with these problems, I’m always gobsmacked when they flat refuse to take my advice even though I tell them they’re about to step into a big steaming pile of legal poop.

On a similar note, one author told me this week that he’d have never signed our publishing contract if he’d known there was a libel clause in it. Just…WOW.

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Q –

Angela,

I’m thinking about getting rid of the paperback version of my book and only offering the hardcover one. I make more money on the hardcover but most people are buying the paperback. If I get rid of the paperback, people will buy the hardcover one instead and my profits will increase.

Is this a good idea or not?


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That is a very bad idea. People are buying the paperback because it costs less. The hardcover edition will probably be out of most people’s price range, especially in the current economy. Lots of people are out of work. Book sales are at historic highs because people are looking for an affordable escape from the state of the world.

I guarantee you’ll end up making less in the long run because your book sales would plummet.

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Whether this is your first recession or you’ve been through this before, discover how to:

  • Boost your confidence so you can stay calm and focus
  • Stand out in a sea of freelancers so clients choose you
  • Make freelance marketing as easy as tying your shoes
  • Find high-paying clients that still need freelancers now
  • Create marketing that will attract those clients
  • Succeed in a recession even if you’re a new freelancer


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