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message 1: by Melisa (new)

Melisa (Melisa-Poley) | 1 comments I am currently working on my first novel and was wondering if anyone had any advice on getting publish that does nto involve a boo-coo of money? Every publishing company Ihave looked into wants to charge me like 1000 dollars to help me and that does not include promoting the book itself. PLEASE HELP!! Thanks in advance for any help that you can give me!


message 2: by Riley (new)

Riley (booksarecool) Well, I haven't been published, but there's a lot of options. First, I would do some research. Lots of it. Find out the rates everybody charges, etc. Look for small town companies, they shouldn't charge you too much.
Second, consider self publishing.
The advertisements on goodreads, if you go to any writers' groups, should say something about publishing, through an agent, whatever.
Third, find every publishing company you can and send a copy of your manuscript and how much you're willing to pay.

Happy Publishing! :D


message 3: by Rosemary (new)

Rosemary Search out small and mid-sized independent traditional publishers. They do not charge the author fees and may pay some sort of advance as well as royalties. ForeWord magazine (paper and online at http://www.forewordmagazine.com) reviews books by such publishers and is a good source of info about them.

If you self-publish, shop around. There seems to be lots of competition, and you may not really need the "deluxe" package if you're prepared to make your own marketing efforts, esp. on the 'Net and through networking.


message 4: by Robin (new)

Robin (RobinSullivan) | 14 comments I just recently wrote a post on just this subject .. check out....

http://write2publish.blogspot.com/200...



message 5: by Roni, What the neck!? (new)

Roni (v_a_b) | 2889 comments Mod
Sounds cool. It's nice to have advice from somebody who has been through the whole publishing thing, as many active members of this group are teenagers and unpublished.


message 6: by Robin (new)

Robin (RobinSullivan) | 14 comments Just posted today on my #1 piece of advice - Avoid PublishAmerica. Here is the link....

http://write2publish.blogspot.com/200...




message 7: by Massie (new)

Massie | 11 comments yah--well ive looked into publishing and some pple dont charge u money, they make their profit off of the money tht the book itself makes when its being sold at bookstores and places


message 8: by Brigid ✩ (new)

Brigid ✩ | 5857 comments Mod
i'm looking into createspace ... anybody know anything about it? :-/


message 9: by Mimi (new)

Mimi (mimibird) i did... a loooong time ago....


message 10: by Brigid ✩ (new)

Brigid ✩ | 5857 comments Mod
yeah ... ? ><


message 11: by Mimi (new)

Mimi (mimibird) ...and have long since forgotten. sorry...


message 12: by Brigid ✩ (new)

Brigid ✩ | 5857 comments Mod
*sigh* okay. lol


message 13: by Mimi (new)

Mimi (mimibird) sorry....


message 14: by Seth, The plan is simple--stay alive. (new)

Seth (ninjaaaaaofwritingbooks) | 2205 comments Mod
don't do it brigid. self publishing isn't worth it. unless its free.


message 15: by Brigid ✩ (new)

Brigid ✩ | 5857 comments Mod
it is ... i think.


message 16: by Brigid ✩ (new)

Brigid ✩ | 5857 comments Mod
well i haven't chosen a particular one yet.


message 17: by Seth, The plan is simple--stay alive. (new)

Seth (ninjaaaaaofwritingbooks) | 2205 comments Mod
its free?


message 18: by Brigid ✩ (new)

Brigid ✩ | 5857 comments Mod
no ... wait idk why i said that. lol.
but the point is that you spend some money but then you get more money when you sell ... if that makes sense.


message 19: by Kenzie (last edited Feb 16, 2009 04:00PM) (new)

Kenzie | 2838 comments Eh, I'd rather let them profit from my work and not spend anything in the beginning.


message 20: by Seth, The plan is simple--stay alive. (new)

Seth (ninjaaaaaofwritingbooks) | 2205 comments Mod
but lots of ppl don't buy books from self publishers. and its more than some money.


message 21: by Kenzie (last edited Feb 16, 2009 04:02PM) (new)

Kenzie | 2838 comments The one I looked at was $299 to get it bound, and sold at Borders.com and Amazon.com. If you work through a publishing house they'll put it on shelves and online, rather than just online.


message 22: by Kenzie (new)

Kenzie | 2838 comments Oh, and then for $499 you could get someone to 'edit' it for you before it's sold and help without layout/design of book--cover and pages and all.


message 23: by Seth, The plan is simple--stay alive. (new)

Seth (ninjaaaaaofwritingbooks) | 2205 comments Mod
hmmmm


message 24: by Brigid ✩ (new)

Brigid ✩ | 5857 comments Mod
not on createspace ...


message 25: by Kenzie (last edited Feb 16, 2009 04:09PM) (new)

Kenzie | 2838 comments No, it was a 'publish your book through Borders' thingymajig. I was thinking of doing that, then I realized your book doesn't get put on the shelf. That turned me off. I want to see my book on the shelves. :)


message 26: by Seth, The plan is simple--stay alive. (new)

Seth (ninjaaaaaofwritingbooks) | 2205 comments Mod
me too haha :D and you totally could kenz! :D


message 27: by Kenzie (new)

Kenzie | 2838 comments Totally could what?

You'll make it there, Seth. Your stories are so good! I love the ideas you come up with. :)


message 28: by Seth, The plan is simple--stay alive. (new)

Seth (ninjaaaaaofwritingbooks) | 2205 comments Mod
You could totally see your books on the shelves!


Bleh. Whatever. At least you have actually finished something . . . though book proposals might be good :D


message 29: by Kenzie (new)

Kenzie | 2838 comments Oh, okay. I get it.

Yeah, but the thing I finished is nowhere NEAR ready to be published. I'm never getting it published. This one ... yeah. I'd LOVE to see it on shelves. Or just on my shelf even. Printed. *fantasizes*

What do you mean 'Whatever'? Your stories are great! I love them!


message 30: by Seth, The plan is simple--stay alive. (new)

Seth (ninjaaaaaofwritingbooks) | 2205 comments Mod
my ideas are sometimes okay but they never turn out how i want them


message 31: by Brigid ✩ (new)

Brigid ✩ | 5857 comments Mod
i want to see one of my books on the shelves someday ... but starting off w/self-publishing is fine w/me. i figured it would be a good way to start off, and then i can work my way up to real-publishing.


message 32: by Seth, The plan is simple--stay alive. (new)

Seth (ninjaaaaaofwritingbooks) | 2205 comments Mod
ugh i would never pay to see my books on the shelves




message 33: by Brigid ✩ (new)

Brigid ✩ | 5857 comments Mod
*tries to interpret that sentence*


message 34: by Paige (new)

Paige Miller *is confused*


message 35: by T.O.L.I. (new)

T.O.L.I. (Taleoflostink) | 1770 comments wait what?...confuzzled


message 36: by Brigid ✩ (new)

Brigid ✩ | 5857 comments Mod
idk ... i didn't understand what seth said. lol


message 37: by Kenzie (new)

Kenzie | 2838 comments He means he'd never pay to have his work bound and put on shelves. I think.


message 38: by Brigid ✩ (new)

Brigid ✩ | 5857 comments Mod
ohhh


message 39: by T.O.L.I. (new)

T.O.L.I. (Taleoflostink) | 1770 comments O.o


message 40: by [deleted user] (new)

Kenzie wrote: "Oh, okay. I get it.

Yeah, but the thing I finished is nowhere NEAR ready to be published. I'm never getting it published. This one ... yeah. I'd LOVE to see it on shelves. Or just on my shelf ev..."




*gasp* did you say you were never getting it published???



message 41: by Kenzie (new)

Kenzie | 2838 comments I think I was talking about Finding My Father. I didn't finish Reawakened Soul until a few months ago. I'm trying to get that published.


message 42: by [deleted user] (new)

okay, that makes much more sense. :D lol


message 43: by Kenzie (last edited Jun 06, 2009 05:59PM) (new)

Kenzie | 2838 comments Yeah, I DEFINITELY want Reawakened Soul published. I don't mean to sound conceited, but I ♥ Reawakened Soul! I loved writing it, and I love reading it. :)


message 44: by [deleted user] (new)

I love it too! You've got the suspense thing down!!


message 45: by Kenzie (new)

Kenzie | 2838 comments Thanks, Cali. :) I'm glad it turned out like it was supposed to.


message 46: by [deleted user] (new)

You're welcome


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