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Publishers Expect Authors to Pay More

Untitled1If you’ve attended one of our workshops covering publishing options, you will have heard Jane and me tell aspiring authors that even traditional publishers expect you to market your books and will often ask for a marketing plan that includes your marketing budget. Well, we’ve just discovered some publishers now expect you to pay for more than marketing your books.

A teleseminar is being offered by the editor of a very well known publisher of business books on how to get a business book published.

Two of the six bullet points promoting the seminar under “You will learn how to” are:

  • Know when you will be expected to pay for editing, illustrations, and promotion
  • Market your book pre-publication

Okay, the marketing part we know they expect of their authors, but now authors are supposed to pay for editing, illustrations, and promotion too?!?

Seems to me this is another reason to go with indie publishing. If you’re going to pay for a good percentage of the costs anyway, why should you settle for a pittance of a royalty?

Learn about publishing options on April 26 at our ABCs of Publishing a Children’s Book workshop.

Learning about Self-Publishing

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We had a great group at the University of North Florida last night in our class on The Business Side of Self-Publishing. It’s very rewarding to share what we’ve learned with such enthusiastic writers.

The Business Side of Self-Publishing

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Wondering how to start a publishing company?

Frances and Jane will be teaching a class on The Business Side of Self-Publishing on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, from 6:00-9:00 pm at the University of North Florida.

In this class, you will learn how to start an independent publishing company. Topics include naming your business and licenses, bank and merchant accounts, software and hardware, taxes and record keeping, shipping and fulfillment, promotion and marketing, as well as outsourcing the jobs you don’t want to undertake.

To register, go to the University of North Florida’s Learn Jacksonville website.

Reasons to Write a Children’s book

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Thinking about writing a children’s book? John Kremer, author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books wrote an article that gives you 18 Reasons Why You Should Write a Children’s Book.

Authors Network

Jane R. Wood and Frances Keiser with writers during a Get Book Savvy Authors Network Event at Applebees Restaurant in St. Augustine

Jane R. Wood and Frances Keiser with writers during a Get Book Savvy Authors Network Event at Applebees Restaurant in St. Augustine

A group of writers met with us last night in the meeting room of Applebees Restaurant in St. Augustine for an evening of networking, socializing, sharing tips and opportunities, and getting answers to their publishing and marketing questions. It was a fun and educational evening and we look forward to the next event

Aspiring Authors Learn about Publishing

Frances and Jane with some of their “students” at their UNF class, The ABCs of Publishing a Children’s Book, on Tuesday evening.

UNF class Oct 2013There’s a lot to learn when a writer is contemplating writing and publishing a book.

We hope to see some of their books on store bookshelves one of these days!

Our next UNF class, The Business Side of Self-Publishing, will be held on November 19.

 

Networking at Florida Writers Association conference

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Jane Wood attended the Florida Writers Association conference last weekend in Lake Mary, Florida. She and illustrator Mark Wayne Adams were sharing information about the Florida Authors and Publishers Association where they are both board members.

Joining these organizations is a good investment of your time and money. Both organizations sponsor annual conferences, distribute newsletters with timely and informative articles, and offer good networking opportunities.

Tips For Writing/Publishing Your Picture Book

If you’re thinking about writing a children’s picture book, like our friend Marianne Berkes’ new Moonbeam award winner “What’s in the Garden?”, keep in mind that all picture books are 32 pages, including front and back matter, such as your title page, copyright page, and about-the-author page.

To learn how to publish and market a children’s book attend our class: The ABC’s of Writing a Children’s Book at UNF on October 22nd, 6:00 – 9:00 pm. More information

The ABCs of Publishing a Children’s Book

unf logoFrances and Jane will be teaching a class on The ABCs of Publishing a Children’s Book on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, from 6:00-9:00 pm at the University of North Florida.

Do you or someone you know have an idea for a children’s book, but don’t know how or where to start? Turn your story into a book. Course topics include: writing objectives and genres, book essentials and credentials, publishing options, and marketing strategies.

To register, go to the University of North Florida’s Learn Jacksonville website.