Well gang, my good friends on the LinkedIn Group Book Writing, Self Publishing, and Marketing for Business People have saved me from making a major mistake. They convinced me that I wanted to be my own publisher.
I am not ready to make that leap because I know what I don’t know, and a number of steps (and different companies) that I have to master to be successful. Here are a few of my questions:
I have not decided to be my own publisher.
1. I have decided that I want my own ISBN‘s
2. I want full ownership of a files and working copies, including vector file of the cover and print ready PDF’s.
3. That I will NOT be ripped off
4. That there is a fair balance of proceeds allocation
5. That I will not ‘poison’ the literary well by not choosing suspect package solutions
6. That I want a fair split of royalties/profits
7. That I will not pay twice for the same thing
8. That I want ISBN Registration
9. That I want Library of Congress registration and placement
10. That I don’t want my rights or ownership or flexibility compromised
11. That I do not want to make rookie mistakes
12. That I obtain custom work, at lower (will not compromise on Quality) cost
13. That I have full copyright protection
14. That I can go to ANY printer and have the data to do so, down the road
15. That I will design/build/manage my own sales website
16. That I will do my press releases
17. That I will do my marketing
19. That I can access as much of the distribution channel as possible
20. That I will not do what I do not know (Leaning towards Aventine as opposed to full self-publishing) how to do it!
21. That I will NOT be ripped off
22. That this is a pleasant experience for all involved, particularly Me
I’m still a rookie here (as you well know). At 64 years of age, I don’t want to learn an entirely new (Publishing) field, just to publish this book!
Is that too much to aspire to?
The quest continues on Monday