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Get Published!

February 29th, 2008

As most of you know, I have been tinkering with writing for some time. I have about 70 articles published on Associated Content, and I continue to write for that site. Hopefully I will have a couple more articles published there in the next few days to tell you about. Recently, however, I have wondered about further possibilities. A couple of posts back, I mentioned the need for literature (such as comic books) designed by hunters for kids or young adults. Well, another Idea I have had is to try to write either a series of short stories, or a book centered around hunting, fishing and other outdoor endeavors.

The problem with a major writing project like this is getting published. Realistically, it is nearly impossible to get a manuscript into a major publishing company. Establishing a market for the book before hand would be necessary, and difficult to do. We, being virtually unknown to either the market or the publisher, would have a very difficult time getting anything past the planning stage.

This is where self publishing companies come into play. I came across one today, AuthorHouse, that makes getting your book published easy to do. From scanning their website, it looks like the company will work closely with you through the entire publishing process. You start by signing a contract, and then upload your manuscript. You maintain constant contact with representatives of the company through the whole process, including design, layout and final publication.

There are 3 levels of publishing to choose from: paperback, hardback, or full color paperback. Prices start at $698 to get the book published. that may seem like a lot of money, but it is really not much, compared to going through traditional publishing services. Once the book is published they will help market the book by putting it in their store, as well as selling through Amazon and Barnes and Nobel bookstores.

This publishing is done on demand, which means that one book at a time can be published. Each book is published, and then distributed at the time of the order. You as the author can order the books at the discounted (wholesale) price, so that you can distribute as many as you want to yourself.

This service may certainly be the answer if I ever get to where I can sit down and organize my thoughts into a coherent book. When I get to that point, I’ll dig a little deeper. Maybe some of you folks are a little farther along than I am. So, check out this Book Publisher!

EDIT:  Special Thanks to AuthorHouse for sponsoring this post…

5 Responses to “Get Published!”

  1. I am a professional writer, editor, and marketer, and I recently published my first book, “Hunting The First State: A Guide to Delaware Hunting.” I had previously written articles and thousands of pages of online help content, technical manuals, and marketing materials.

    When researching publishers, I had a couple bites from publishing houses, but the timeframes were ridiculous. I wanted my book out in time for the beginning of the 2007 hunting season, but the publishing houses were telling me it would take 12-18 months to go through their process. Instead, I chose the print-on-demand (POD) publishing route. I researched all of the POD shops at http://booksandtales.com/pod/index.php and found Lulu.com to be the best for my needs. It only took about 45 days total to get the book printed and ready for sale!

    Lulu.com published my book, and the results have been tremendous. There are only small upfront fees involved (so I caution you against using that $698 service you mentioned). My Lulu-published books are currently for sale at my site (www.HuntingTheFirstState.com), Amazon.com, Borders.com, and all of the other major online booksellers. Plus, I negotiated my own deals to get the books placed in local book stores, gun stores, and hunting and fishing supply centers.

    Good luck. Feel free to contact me for advice.

    Steven M. Kendus

  2. Thanks, Steven, for the recommendation. I was under the impression that other services with lower rates required a commitment for a certain number of books. I will certainly come knocking for advice if I ever do get to the point of being ready to publish a book. POD is definitely the way to go, from what I can tell, and I am sure the competition is starting to add up!

    Thanks for stopping by! Stop in any time, and let us know how the book sales are going!

  3. I think writing a book would be cool, but I have to be honest and say that I am not at a point to write an entire book. Sounds like a cool project though and keep us updated on where you are in the process.

  4. Lulu is a good choice is you already have your book designed and laid out. AuthorHouse offers the full design package-front cover to back cover-along with distribution through Ingram as part of the $698. No doubt, Lulu is a good solution for many, but unbeknownst to many, AuthorHouse also has a “do-it-yourself” solution called http://www.WordClay.com that rivals Lulu for people looking to self-publish a book.

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