(I’ve been trying to publish this post all afternoon. It is now 4:30 PDT and I’m going to try again. Wish me luck, and pray for me!)
While reading comments, questions, and other blog posts, I realize that more and more authors/writers and discouraged about getting published. One author even stated that a publisher told her that her book was very well-written and they hoped she would be able to get it published by someone else. She stated that it was the most positive rejection letter she’d ever received.
Most of us have not been that fortunate. Most of us have had our work – the blood, sweat, and tears of our life – rejected at one time or another. It’s not easy, but it’s supposed to build us up. Usually, though, it affects our self-esteem.
I want to share my experiences with you.
I have had two of my books published as “traditional” – paper and ink – books. I sold the publisher my rights to the manuscripts for $70 each. They created nice covers for them, had me write some “front” material, and then published them. They got about $3.50 for them. I got nothing. (Be careful about losing your rights to your materials.) I have seen them selling on the internet as collectibles priced as high as $14! (Ha, ha, Mr. Publisher!)
I had also been submitting a manuscript of a faith-based Christmas “pageant” titled Waiting for Santa. All the publishers rejected it as being too similar to “something else” in their catalog. Disappointing to me. However, at the same time I was offering these plays through the internet at a website I was running at the time. It turned out to be my most popular script for Christmas. (Ha, ha, Mr. Publisher, again!)
So, for many years I never tried to publish anything and my writing began to “taper off”. Actually, I pretty much quit writing altogether. Once I retired, though, I began to write seriously again. This is where we catch up with my current project(s).
I had sworn that the only “good” book was a “real” book; one made with ink on paper and a nice fresh feel to the cover and the binding. I still wasn’t getting too excited about what I was writing. I stumbled on BookRix.com. I discovered the e-publishing could be a good thing. I “published”/”posted” a number of books there and had a good response. I was encouraged and continued to write.
Now I have decided that e-publishing is the way of the future; or even of the present. I discovered Smashwords. I have published one books there already; The Adventures of Chris Mouse. It is a children’s Christmas book. Sales have been very slow because it was published in November this year, but it will still be there next year.
The best thing about Smashwords is it’s FREE! They help in all areas of the process. They have submission standards and instructions which, if followed to the letter, make the whole publication process almost fool-proof. I found it quite easy although it looked difficult, at first. (The only costs you might have are for proofreading/editing * or cover design.)
Smashwords also formats each book to be read on most major publishers and most major formats. I have been researching on Google, and I have found that my Christmas book is now for sale on Barnes & Noble (Nook), Kobo, Sony (Our Reader TM), Smashwords.com, and many others. I now have one or two new projects in progress and I am looking forward to publishing them the same way as well.
Come and read, comment, and purchase!
* I can proof and edit your book, if necessary, for a small fee. See my web page, TildenEditingServices.