When it comes time to publish your book there are some items to consider;
When it comes to supplies needed, do some research. In many cases you will need to send a digital copy and a printed copy. In both forms, the text will need to be double spaced. This can be accomplished in Microsoft Word by selecting the text, hover over "Line and Paragraph" spacing (located on the home tab under the category "Paragraph"), and selecting spacing 2.0 within the list.
Amount of time varies per company, but it can take several weeks or months before you receive word on acceptance.
Finally, the percentage you receive tends to be around 3% of retail price. If you sell many books, 3% adds up quickly, however if you do not sell a lot of books...
Other items to consider;
Time to wait can be tedious if you want instant results. The wait time can be from a couple of months to a year or more. Remember, the busier the publisher the longer it can take. To help speed up the process, Make sure you include a brief description of the book (like a cover letter). This will help the publishing house in what order to place your book for reading.
The other factor is that you will only receive 3% of the sales. These are items to consider when making your decision. Review Self-Publishing before making you decision.
Considering Self-Publishing? Consider the following:
Moving forward with self-publishing offers many rewards, however there are upfront costs. Depending on who you work with, your costs will vary from $60 to $200 or more depending on the package that you choose. This cost covers getting your book title into production and then setting the book up to be recognized by the book stores like Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.
The amount of time varies for the bookstores to receive the books availability in their computers, about 6 weeks respectively. When completing the setup for "The House", both Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble had it available within a couple of weeks; however Barnes and Noble did not have the book in their store system till much later.
Just because you can find it online does not mean you can tell someone to go to the store and order it. On the upside, using Print on Demand (POD), you can order a copy for yourself and have it in your hands within a couple of days. Createspace.com is the company that I use and it sent me a copy of my book to review before completing the process.
With percentage, you can receive anywhere from 50% and higher on the retail price. Compared to traditional publishing, this is a vast improvement.
As I mentioned in the Pro's section, the upfront cost is minimal, until you consider selling copies from home. There will be a minimal cost to purchase books for you, but like anything, it will add up quickly. You will also need to keep an inventory of your stock so the amount of books can be calculated in your taxes. Be sure to check with your accountant.
The hours never end. You must do all of the work. You have already written the book (get a professional to proof read it) and now you just want to relax. With POD you cannot sit back and watch the cash roll in. You must promote and market your book. Check out our services page for more information on how RDG Publishing can assist you.
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