You've written your novel, now it's time to locate a publisher. Let's look at your options:
It's because of those 'publishing costs' that many self-publishing turn to Amazon.
But 'free' isn't always better. With Amazon, you lose too many of the benefits of a regular publisher.
Unlike traditional publishers or vanity publishers, Amazon offers nothing to ensure your books is as professional as it can be to ensure maximum marketability. Moreover, the enticement to enroll into KU (Kindle Unlimited) is a ploy to pay authors even less. That 35-60% royalties they offer doesn't apply to books read using Kindle Unlimited. What do you get for KU? Less than a PENNY a page. The 35-60% only comes to you if someone purchases your book. Great for the reader, not so great for the author.
Publishing solely on Amazon also creates a stigma because so many self-published authors are throwing their books up on Amazon without first doing their due diligence. Let's start with one of the biggest mistakes by Amazon-published books: the book cover. Below is just a small example of some self-published books listed on Amazon.
No, having a great book cover doesn't guarantee that the writing will be worth reading, which is why it's so essential to let an editor go through your work - not just to correct missing or incorrectly used punctuation or grammar, but also to close those plot holes, discuss your character development/interactions, and the dialogue believability. At least that's what a good editor should do and it's definitely what we do here at Literary Adventures.
Why should you have to pay anything to get published?
I'll let you in on a little secret, something many people aren't aware of, or choose not to take into account - publishing a book for worldwide distribution costs money. Let's break down where the money goes when working with publishing companies: * Editor * Illustrator * Agent (if you have one) * Publisher * Printer * Book stores (in the way of wholesale discounts) * Distributors * Advertisers * Marketers * Copyrighting * ISBN *Overhead
That's why royalties for traditional and vanity publishers are so low - because there's so many people to pay. That is why even traditional publishers have moved to charging unknown authors a fee for publishing. Before, they simply took a majority share of the royalties, but that wasn't working because not all books are going to become best sellers. Picking up an unknown author carries great risk for publishers of not seeing any return on the investment.
At Literary Adventures, we keep that overhead low, so we can pass the savings on to the author, plus we want to make it as painless for the author as possible.
Will you help market my book?
Yes, we will do everything we can to get your book out there and noticed. You'll also need to do your part and promote you work on every site you can think of. The harder we work, the better the results will be.
One way we start getting the word out, with guaranteed purchases and reviews for authors is through the Global Bookworms Monthly Reader Challenge. We'll put your book into the challenge for three months as part of your service. If you are seeing positive results and want to continue, it certainly would be encouraged.
What if I've already published my book on Amazon?
Not to worry, we can still help broaden your market.
How can I know you won't steal my idea?
At Literary Adventures we accept that any work submitted is the intellectual property of the author and acknowledge our sole interest in the work extends to what is needed to publish it.
Before uploading your manuscript, ensure to add on the cover page, the following: 1) your name, 2) pen name, 3) email address
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