Business of Writing

Traditional vs. Self-publishing is a False Dichotomy by Nathan Bransford

June 7, 2012
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I really like Nathan’s take on this. Go read it! Us vs. them is fun. It gets people’s blood boiling. It instills fear. It’s thrilling to be on a team, especially when you feel like your team is winning. These days it seems like traditional and self-publishing are increasingly pitted against each other on blogs […]

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Is an ebook only publishing offer worth it?

June 6, 2012
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Hi LDS Publisher! A smaller, but quickly growing, publisher has very recently offered to publish my book (yay!). Because I am a new author, they want to publish it first as an e-book. If the book sells, then they would publish the book more traditionally. Is this a new trend in publishing? What are your […]

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Author Platforms

March 21, 2012

Everywhere I look on-line I read that an author needs a platform if he/she expects an agent or publisher to accept the writer or the work. Now, I can see that if you have a published work to tout. A platform helps get a book the publicity it needs to be successful. The internet makes […]

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Nine Month Manuscript Approval Process???

January 30, 2012

I stumbled onto your blog tonight while searching for LDS publishers, and I think you might be able to answer my questions (or just put my mind at ease, at least). Here’s my situation:I submitted a manuscript to [ABC Publishing] last winter, and in May the editor told me they loved my book and went […]

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A Little More on Giveaways

January 10, 2012

This post doesn’t deal with the legality of giveaways but rather the logistics. Tracking entrants can me a real pain—especially if you want them to do more than comment on a post. For this site, I decided to try out a simple form system. I tested quite a few of the free ones and decided […]

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Sales Tax on Book Sales

February 9, 2011

I have a question. Do you know if, as a newly published author with a lovely new website, do I have to get a Sales and Use Tax number [from my state] to be able to sell books right off of my site? I’m not sure who to ask about sales tax on the web. […]

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October 15, 2010

I’ve gotten a couple of complaints that comments aren’t posting. So I tested it. Sure enough. My comment was hijacked and sent to my “Spam Inbox”—which I didn’t even know existed! This is what Blogger has to say about that: Spam Inbox Blogger now filters comments that are likely spam comments to a Spam Inbox, […]

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Book Wars! Currently playing at a Wal-Mart near you!

October 19, 2009

Did everyone see this article? Book wars! Wal-Mart, Amazon slash costs I’m proud to say that my first reaction was very professional: poo! poo! and double poo! Wal-Mart and Amazon, in their fight to rule the world and having already killed a lot of the mom and pops, are going to bring down the rest […]

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LDS Agents

February 19, 2008

Say there was someone silly enough to work for chicken feed, and they decided to become an agent for LDS authors in the LDS market. What are the odds that the publishers would work with them? Standard agenting fees are 15% of royalties (paid by the author), so unless you were really, really good at […]

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How I’m Getting Filthy Rich Off Gullible Authors

February 14, 2008

What is the average printing cost of a copy of a typical $15.95 LDS fiction book? I always hesitate to answer questions like this because: I’m not privy to the numbers for any publishing company other than the one I work for, Some of my colleagues are gonna’ be ticked that I’m giving out this […]

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Because Nice Matters…

August 23, 2007

A publishing company needs to have a working calendar where we schedule due dates, press dates, release dates, etc. When I start a calendar year, I usually have a pretty good idea of which projects I’m going to be publishing during that year. I calendar their release dates according to a specific list of criteria. […]

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ARCs and Galleys

July 25, 2007

What is an ARC? An ARC is an advanced reading copy. They are usually printed before the regular print run is done, either using a short run printer or a POD service. They often have a plain cover with just the title and author info. They are usually perfect bound, although I have seen some […]

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My How Time Flies

July 19, 2007

What’s the general time frame from acceptance to finished product? Two months to two years. Depends on so many, many things. Average for me is 6-8 months.

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Behind the Scenes Acceptance Process

July 3, 2007

Can you tell me what happens when you receive my manuscript? Do you have a first reader that sifts through all the manuscripts and then passes on his/her picks to you? When does a manuscript go to outside readers? Do all publishers use committees to decide the fate of a manuscript? Who has the final […]

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