Call it POD, Self-Publishing, but SP is trying to Rock it.
Hey guys, I would appreciate you taking the time to read this rather "long" post. I read a lot of comments made by people concerning Print On Demand and Self-Publishing and stuff that I would like to give you some information and maybe let you see that not all publishing, whatever the label, is not the same.
ATTENTION: This is not a "brag fest." I would just like to explain that someone, like me, is trying to do it as right as possible. I am trying to make a difference. I am trying to bang a drum loudly that there are good people out there doing what I do.
I started Sleepytown Press back in January 2010, after a very bad experience with a small publisher in Florida. A lot of people were taken advantage of by this publisher. I will not go into details because it is past and what is happening now and in the future is more important than living in the past.
I wish that I could be a traditional publisher, but I just do not have the money to do that. I wish. if you know of anyone giving money away, let me know.
I do charge a "fee" to publish books through Sleepytown Press. I do format the text and prepare it for publishing. I do design the covers and get them formatted for publishing. I use Lightning Source as my printer. They are also Ingram. I do manage the accounts and I pay out money that authors make, when their books sell online and anywhere else for that matter.
I also format the books, for FREE for sale as an eBook for Kindle. I monitor those sales, too.
I do not STOP there! I activly look for ways to promote my authors. Yes, they do have to work hard to promote their books, but I do the same and more.
1. I look for ways to advertise their books.
2. For the past two years, I paid $500 for a booth at the Decatur, Georgia "Book Fair" and allowed my authors to come for FREE and sit at the booth and sign and sell their books for FREE. They did not pay me a percentage.
3. I do not charge a percentage, when authors want to order copies of their book. They always pay their cost + handling + shipping. I do not tag anything extra onto the purchase of the book.
4. I do a newsletter and I send it out to a lot of people. I promote my authors in that newsletter.
5. I am currently working on a catalog to send out.
6. I mail out announcements to the local book stores in the towns of my authors, if they provide names and addresses.
7. I subscribe to online web sites so that I can keep SP as well as my authors visible.
8. I help my authors with a Press Release.
9. I design bookmarks for my authors for FREE.
10. it goes on and on. I just do more than publish a book. I "AM" their publisher. I want it to be more that I ever got from the publisher that wronged me. I just do not what that kind of bad thing to happen to anyone else.
*Please, check out www.sleepytownpress.com and see that WE are not ALL alike. I am trying to make a difference in the publishing world.
I get ridiculed by Traditional Publishers. Recently, a place that promotes their writing courses really said some nasty things about publishing to me, but they did not refuse my money, when I emrolled in a course on "writing for magazines" so that I could learn more and hopefully pass the information along to someone else.
I am one of the "nice guys" out there. We really do exhist.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post that almost became a mini series.