All posts tagged: Traditional Publishing

Do You Know a Good Book When You See One? Self-Published Authors Want to Know!

In the ever-changing world of publishing and book marketing, there is still a stigma attached to self-publishing, even by authors who are established with mainstream publishing companies. As big box bookstores like Borders close their doors, and at a time when e-books are outpacing print books, why is it embarrassing for an author or a publicist to announce a book as being self-published? Is it the perception that in order to be a credible author you must have the “blessing” of a traditional publisher to feel you have created something successful; and do readers really care anymore? Authors continue to have their works rejected by traditional publishers and find that to get those works into the hands of readers, self-publishing is the alternative. Although there are no prepaid advances and an upfront investment is made by the author, there must be a consensus that self-publishing has worth. A good book is a good book, and readers want to read a good book, period.  Moreover, success stories of first-time authors making a good living on a .99 …

Jeff Mudgett, Bloodstains, ImaginePublicity

A New Literary World: Success of Self-Publishing, BLOODSTAINS and Jeff Mudgett

What defines success of a first time author? For Jeff Mudgett, author of BLOODSTAINS, his first published work, success comes in various forms; book sales, recognition, and cold hard cash! His foray into publishing his first book took many turns, including turning down an offer by a traditional publisher. To self-publish was his decision, it was good for him, and for his book, which is currently being developed as a major Hollywood movie, the dream come true for most authors. Taking his words from the page to Hollywood, Mudgett has a lot to share and teach, and is willing to do it so other new authors will be able to duplicate his successes, and avoid  his pitfalls and mistakes. He speaks to writer’s groups, classes and conferences, not only about the information contained in BLOODSTAINS, but his process in becoming a successful, self-published author. Anyone who seeks to make a living as an author knows it’s a long stretch to reach a form of success for your first book, especially with the competition which is now engaged, and the …

The Truth About Your Book Publishing Deal

  If the bookstore sells them – the publishing house get paid money.  If the bookstore doesn’t sell them- they can return all the books if it’s ok to hold the books for several months and then send them back. Archaic? You bet. And still, the vast majority of New York houses embrace the model; and authors scramble to enter into these medieval contracts for the “prestige” of being “under contract.” Authors literally give their rights and souls away for the “honor” of being published by a “real” publisher. Here’s the truth: it’s very, very difficult to get a deal that has any bones to it today. For every Tim Ferris breakout (The Four-Hour Work Week), there are 10,000 wannabes that have books fall on their written faces. Unless you, dear author, land in the top five percent, your big time publishing experience will most likely be one big time let down, sucking wind. Deals are hard to come by; every major publisher is downsizing and editors are downright fearful. We suggest you breathe deeply and consider …