Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Crowdfunding a Picture Book 101

My friend, fellow writer and editing client, Julie Foster Hedlund, is conducting a unique experiment in hybrid publishing – a process that may well become a model to help small publishers increase their lists and authors and illustrators find opportunities beyond self-publishing.  She’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to pre-fund the production, publication and printing of one […]

The ONLY Guide to Self-Publishing You’ll Ever Need

When I decided to independently publish my book Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment in 2008, I read everything I could get my hands on about self-publishing. I ordered Peter Bowerman’s The Well-Fed Self-Publisher mostly because I loved the title – but it turned out to be the only resource I truly […]

Independent Publishing – Pros & Cons

Independent Publishing essentially has two definitions. In the commercial publishing world, independent publishers (also called “indies” or “small presses”) are small publishers that publish a limited number of books per year (usually less than 10). Their status may also be determined by an annual sales figure (i.e. less than $50 million, after returns and discounts).  Small […]

Subsidy Presses – Pros & Cons

A subsidy publisher takes payment from an author to print and bind a book, but also contributes a portion of the cost and/or provides adjunct services. Some subsidy publishers may be selective and/or screen submissions before committing to publish.  Subsidy publishers generally claim at least some rights, though these may be non-exclusive. Completed books and […]

Vanity Presses – Pros & Cons

Last week we touched on the three basic forms of self-publishing: vanity, subsidy and independent publishing. Let’s look at the pros and cons of the first item on that list. A vanity press prints and binds a book at the author’s sole expense.  Sometimes the author maintains all rights, owns the books and retains all […]

Traditional Publishing – Pros & Cons

It may be hard to believe there are any cons associated with being published by a traditional, commercial publisher – after all, that’s the gold ring all writers are aiming for, right? Certainly there are many advantages to having one’s books published by a commercial publisher. But in exploring self-publishing as we are at the […]

Self-Publishing 101

We’re going to be exploring self- and independent publishing this month on the Children’s Book Hub, so I thought I would kick off the discussion with an overview on the various forms of publishing, especially self-publishing. In subsequent posts I’ll get more specific as to the pros and cons of each: Traditional Commercial Publishing: A […]