Publishing Suggestions?

Quick Question…

Some of you have a little insight into the differences between self-publishing and somebody else-publishing. A few of you are either already published authors, or are in the process.

What are the reasons you chose to take the route you did? Would you do things differently if given the chance?

Trying to Look Edumacated.

I am going to begin working on a book very soon, and I would appreciate any advice you have.

Have any of you had any experience with either Crossway Books, or Xulon? I have talked with both, but have not come to any conclusions (both publish Christian authors).

Thanks!

Oh, by the way…Am I only deceiving myself, or do you think my writing style is bankable? Go ahead, it’s OK to tell me you love me.

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23 responses to “Publishing Suggestions?

  1. jomaidment

    I am looking into self publishing with the help of my partner doing the editing and friends. Why Self-publishing as the costs are reduced in the publication and using Amazon self publishing, they can help with ISBN, and offer the option of both hard copies and e-copy versions. There is a small fee but I feel what you would lose out on compared to self-publishing companies and publishers the cost is worth it. I have also noted that if the books do well, you stand a chance of being picked up by companies anyway. Other routes are to use things like Authonomy who are linked to Harper Collins.
    Hope this helps and is not too waffley

  2. Whatcha writing a book about?

    I think your writing style is very prose-oriented and would appeal to a wide audience. Have you ever read anything by PJ O’Rourke? In a way, your writing reminds me of his.

    Anyway, good luck!

  3. I am a very picky reader, and I like your writing style very much. I’d read 60,000 or so of your words all strung together. šŸ™‚

    That being said, I had a good experience writing a book and uploading it to authonomy.com. My editor found me there.

    I have nothing against self-publishing per say, but I will attest that my editor has done amazing things with my manuscript. She makes me sound much more coherent and intelligent than I actually am. So if you have a market to sell your own book and want to self publish, don’t skip the outside editing step.

    And finally (are you sorry you asked yet?), I thought about self-publishing, but every time the Holy Spirit has pointed out to me that option would be ME taking control instead of letting God have his timing. But that’s just been my spiritual journey; yours may be very different.

    Whew! I’m out of words!

  4. If you’re thinking of publishing an ebook, you may want to give Smashwords a try. Here’s a post I wrote about it http://beyondmyimagining.blogspot.com.ar/2012/08/smashwords-and-self-publishing.html, if you’re interested. I’ve already published a short story and I’m quite pleased.

  5. I chose the self-publishing route for my book, because I felt that is what the Lord led me to do. It was fairly easy. The hardest part was formatting the book for print to have it come out looking decent. There are plenty of articles and books out there which explain the process.

    On the other hand, being published by a company increases exposure and lends an air of better quality to some people.

    If you would like to discuss the issue with other Christian writers, check out http://christianwriters.com . They can also help with other aspects of writing and publishing.

    btw, I think you are a very publishable writer.

  6. kzackuslheureux

    The best advice I received is worth passing on. This advice came from an Editor of Time Magazine (years past), a family friend, and a well published author. Get an idea, write a book, finish it, finish it again and again, then re-edit it again and again. Then, look at your options with a finished and polished piece. In other words, wait and put the cart on after the horse is ready. I can understand why my respected friend offer this advice, now that I’m still only half way through my novel. When it’s complete, you’ll know just what your options really are, and in the mean time, things can change, so don’t set a path before you know where you’re going. Good Luck, Friend!

    • Excellent advice! Hopefully it will be a well-crafted cart attached to a stinking-fast horse.

      • kzackuslheureux

        You never know what may fall into place. Sometimes you just have to show up to work.. the Wind blows where it will, you can’t tell if it’s coming from or going to, so is everyone born of the Spirit.

  7. I’m just starting my own book, and have no idea. So I’m going to read the comments to this post to get good advice. Thank you for posting!

    • Oh yeah…I’d read your book, since I like interesting books, and your writing is interesting.

      • Want to pre-order? šŸ˜‰

      • Any publisher would be dgelihted to publish your work *if* they thought they could make a profit by so doing. That means your stories have to stand on their own merits against published stories written by adults. Being merely good for your age isn’t going to cut it.As an aside, most of the major publishers (the ones who can get your book into bookshops) won’t consider your book unless you have an agent. An agent’s job is to sift through the thousands of mostly-unreadable manuscripts that wannabe authors send him every year and forward the ten or twenty that he thinks stand a chance to whichever publisher(s) he thinks will be most interested in them.

  8. Way to be optimistic! However, my husband frowns when I send people money and say “surprise me”.

  9. Anthony,

    A few months ago, I read several authors’ first-hand experiences with Xulon. Not one report was favorable. According to these reviews, Xulon markets itself well, but promises one thing and delivers another. Xulon is essentially a scam publisher with a Christian marketing scheme.

  10. On behalf of Crossway, let me say that we offer the ability to help craft a project that is near and dear tot he authors heart, and second, to reach an audience that we serve effectively. There are plenty of other advantages to publishing with an established publishing house, but these are the two I would mention initially.

    Ultimately, I would follow God’s leading in this regard.

    • Thanks, Geoff. Now, can I go one step further and ask a couple of questions of you? Give us your best sales pitch, cause plenty of people will be reading, ok? Here it goes.

      First, how do you address the credibility issue of publishing your own works, as opposed to being picked up by a publisher? Just today I was advised to first seek a literary agent, then go the route of self-publishing, if I needed to. This person’s concern was that when it comes to being accepted among one’s peers, self-publishing is not as respected.

      Secondly, do you have folks who could work with an author to determine the market best suited for a particular work, and if necessary, suggest changes that could be made to appeal to a certain market?

      I would appreciate your continued input on this subject. As of yet, at least for me, the jury is still out on which way I should go.

  11. Chris Jordan

    I think what road you take depends on what you hope to gain from your writing, whether you hope to speak to a limited audience (self-publishing could help you accomplish this goal) or a wider audience (someone-else publishing). There are benefits to both I suppose… for myself, I have self-published two of my Christian non-fiction books and am pleased with the products… one of the challenges of going through established publishers is that many of them will not accept an unsolicited manuscript, and then you need to go through the tedious process of getting an agent, etc. With self-publishing, you also have to put out the money upfront, and do your own marketing and distribution. With someone-else publishing, they do that for you, but your book has to be chosen by them first… so, good luck as you’re trying to make a decision on this one – keep us posted!

    • Thanks, Chris. I want to market toward open-minded legalists looking for a change, people with a sense of humor, theologians who need a sense of humor, average-looking people, and anyone who thinks they have to do something in their own strength to better themselves. Also, I want to market to people who like short sentences. How’s that?

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