Self Publishing (Pay Up Front)

In the twenty-first century the odds of getting a traditional publisher to contract to publish and market your book are not good. But, you might be lucky. If you choose this route expect to submit your proofed and edited manuscript to numerous agents and or publishers. It is highly recommended that you hire an agent as they have the contacts with the publishers. Maybe you just want to get your work into a book with a shiny cover to give to your family and friends. A Vanity Publisher will do this for you. "A vanity publisher prints and binds a book at the author�s sole expense. Sometimes the author maintains ownership of the rights as well as the books themselves, and retains all proceeds from sales. Sometimes the publisher claims various rights, owns the ISBN and pays the author a royalty. Adjunct services (editing, marketing, distribution) are usually minimal, or of dubious value. The fact that there is little, if any, screening or assessment process necessary for books to be published via these presses is one reason why there is often such a stigma in the industry against them (down to the fact that many bookstores and libraries will not carry vanity press publications.) Vanity presses derive their profits from the authors of the books they publish." (Source: Emma Walton Hamilton)

  1. The proliferation of home computers and rapid and on-going increase in the number of retirees, unemployed and under-employed workers have increased the desire and ease of writing a book.
  2. At the same time the consolidation of the publishing business by merger and acquisition has greatly reduced the diversity and number of staff editors at publishing houses.
  3. The general population in The United States is reading less and less from print. 1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives. 42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college. 80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year. 70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years. 57 percent of new books are not read to completion. 70 percent of books published do not earn back their advance. 70 percent of the books published do not make a profit. (Source: Jerold Jenkins)

Step-By-Step How To
Step One: Get Your Manuscript Read by Beta Readers.
Step Two: Edit Your Manuscript
Step Three: Find the Right Vanity Press for Your Genre and Audience.
Step Four: Format Your Manuscript as Instructed by the Publisher.
Step Five: Learn All you can About Intellectual Property Rights.
Step Six: Pay for Your Books; Receive Your Books; and Have Fun.........You are now a Published Author.