Children’s books? Sooo hard to get a publisher. But wait – there’s hope

Hundreds if not thousands of people have great ideas for children’s books and many of them are absolutely brilliant.

Trouble is, there is so much good stuff around that in the first instance, children’s book publishers AND relevant literary agents have the pick of crop dropped into their laps and can afford only to take on what they think will be not just good, but utterly sensational.

Children's books? Sooo hard to get a publisher. But wait - there's hope

The books are all based on the adventures of her dogs

Plus, these publishers think, at least, that they know what’s fashionable where in the children’s books market and to an extent can influence that according to their own whims. It’s a tough, tough market to crack.

However in this exchange between me and a friend whose friend has written some amazing stories for 7-10 year-olds, there may be light at the end of the tunnel…

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Book publishing – scams are alive and well and living in the USA, part 1

by James A Rose

Please welcome James Rose from InstantPublisher.com, based near Memphis, Tennessee. In this two part series he walks us through the publishing choices available for authors in the USA – and the book publishing scams you need to be wary of. Are they as rampant over there as they are here in the UK? James says:

“Unfortunately there exists an army of unscrupulous players in the publishing industry just waiting to pounce on the inexperience of new authors. Just like with any other industry, these publishing vampires feed off the confusion and perhaps vanity of the uninitiated.”

Book publishing scams are alive and well and living in the USA

Want to publish a book in the USA? Like anywhere else, you need to watch for scammers.

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Book publishing in India: self-publishing grows there too

Please welcome Dr Hiten Vyas, founder and MD of the very popular publishing journal in India, E-Books India. Hiten brings us up to date on the book publishing industry there and how self-publishing is growing rapidly in that market, as it is in many others worldwide.

Book publishing in India: self-publishing grows there too

“Authors who self-publish an e-book can get royalties of up to 75% of the retail price of every title sold.”

Usually, as an author in India, if you want to publish a book you can submit your manuscript directly to a publisher. Another method is to find a literary agent to act on your behalf to find you a publisher, and negotiate a favorable contract for you. These two approaches are both associated with the tried and tested traditional publishing model. [Read more…]

Why traditional trade book publishers drive me up the wall

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It’s time traditional trade publishers dragged themselves out of the 19th century

In a recent discussion group someone was sounding off about traditional trade publishers and how wonderful they still are. My own experiences suggest otherwise. Here is a compilation of the points I made (while foaming at the mouth with indignation…) [Read more…]

Self-publish a basic eBook: the quick and dirty recipe

medium_4826939037Someone in one of my communities on Google Plus just asked me how to go about self-publishing a simple eBook as cheaply and quickly as possible, and I thought rather than write her a long answer on there, I should share how I do it as an article here on HTWB.

It’s really easy – trust me, if I can figure it out, anyone can. So here goes… [Read more…]

How to publish a useless nonfiction book

HTWB serious catWell, yeee-hah … these days all you need to do to magic up a nonfiction (e.g. business, self-help, etc.) book is to scribble some stuff down, or perhaps just chop your blog posts together (or buy some software that does it for you), upload it or pay some kiddie to set it up and voilà – you’re a respected, admired “published author.”

Since people published books in tablets of stone, it has never been easier for just about anyone to become a “published author” and use that handle to enhance their status and prestige.

A poor quality book is about as useful to your reputation and marketing as a conviction for shoplifting… [Read more…]

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