Signing a hybrid contract would be worth it if it meant my book would be distributed in bookstores. It`s not something I can do as a self-editor. But would he? What`s really happening is that hybrid publishers are making the books available to bookstores to order, which is a whole other matter. There is no guarantee that bookstores will actually place an order for my book. In fact, they are more likely not to. After all, traditional publishers know what bookstores want, and if they had thought it would sell, they would have offered me a deal. Book contracts subsidized by publishers of companies like iUniverse, AuthorHouse, and Xlibirs may look like commercial publishing contracts, but there`s no reason for you to waive your rights if you pay them to publish the book. Don`t fall into the trap that the fees you pay only offset part of the cost of production, blah, blah, blah. A good subsidized publisher offers a short contract that outlines the publisher`s responsibilities, a royalty plan, and how the author can (quickly) terminate the contract, not a three-year ban.
Some grant publishers hide the details of their contract until the last minute, hoping you sign just because you`ve gone that far. Don`t even consider a subsidized publisher who doesn`t have their book contract available on their website where you can read it before contacting them. Unlike specialized publisher contracts, I have never heard of a subsidized publisher willing to negotiate their contracts. It`s a volume business, if they don`t get your book, they`ll get it from someone else. They may have different publishing agreements for their different packages, such as iUniverse with their different license agreements. In this contract, an unsuspecting author is offered a “traditional publishing contract” – meaning that the publisher pays the publishing fee and offers industry standard royalties for sale – but the contract includes a “mandatory marketing agreement” (or addendum) that requires the author to pay the publisher (or an affiliated marketing company) thousands of dollars to market and promote the author`s book. Let`s say you`ve been publishing your book on Wheatmark for some time and you have the option to have thousands of copies of your book printed cheaply by another printer, such as . B as a printer in Hong Kong, or even in the United States.
You still want to sell your book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble through Wheatmark`s book distribution system, but you just don`t want to miss the opportunity to get thousands of copies at a better price. The good news is that you can do both: publish your book with Wheatmark and have additional copies printed by different printers. Since our publishing contract is not exclusive, you have the freedom to do so. Yes, it sounds like vanity to me. 🙂 Look again, that`s exactly how I feel. If you feel that it works for you, then you definitely do. Just ask them about the budget for marketing and post-release support. The other problem that most authors have pointed out is that of pricing. But really thank you for sharing your story. Please share your story as you move forward with them. The answer, of course, is none – and publishers who use mandatory purchase agreements usually make little or no effort to sell the books they publish (except to authors). Mandatory sales of authors generate all the profits that the publisher needs.
You`re absolutely right when traditional print contracts are filled with hiding places (even if they`re “good” deals). Hi Vinay, After reading your comments. I submitted my manual script a few months ago and yesterday I received this email from Suzanne Mulvey, they will not receive a message from me. As I was once bitten by a publisher on my first book, I wrote and submitted it, and the image they painted on the introduction was taken away in the form of the contract and lack of publicity for the book. I`m counting on the day they decide to give me back the rights so I can turn to a publisher where you don`t have to help get your book published. I`ve listed Suzanne Mulvey`s answer below. I would like to thank you for your patience during the submission process. I am happy to announce that “Trouble At The Fair in Dairydowns” has been accepted for release and we would like to offer you one of our inclusive contracts as I believe the work is well written and has a good chance of success in the market. Although this contract requires a portion of the production costs that must be provided by the author, it is no different from our traditional contracts.
We receive several hundred new submissions every month, of which on average only 10% will move on to the final phase of review, there are many that we unfortunately have to reject. As a hybrid publisher, we are able to offer the option of an inclusive contract with increased royalties and ancillary rights for the author, which offers the possibility of publishing the work instead of having to reject a high-quality work. Our highly professional and motivated teams from the production and marketing departments work closely with you every step of the way. Please read our Publishing Guide here for more information. If you want to see a contract, please let me know and I will send you one in the next few days. I look forward to hearing from you. Honestly, Suzanne MulveyCommissioning Editor @trjcNo denigrates the quality of the books published by Vanity Presses. What offends us are the business practices of Austin-MacAuley and his ilk. They mention that profits drive the market, but the difference between Austin-MacAuley and Penguin Random House are the target markets. The Penguin Random Market is a reader. They make money by selling books to readers. In this way, they can offer advances to the authors and not demand a penny from them.
Austin-MacAuley, on the other hand, targets authors. By forcing authors to pay for expensive packages, they benefit. You don`t need to sell your books. They`ve made their profit from the beginning, and honestly, they don`t care if they`re selling a single copy of your book. They call/send an email/message to the next author to offer them a publishing contract with a price tag. trjc, I understand why you are angry with my post. I am glad that you are satisfied with your experience. And I don`t want to be mean. But your comment is insightful in a way you probably didn`t intend to do. AM charged you considerable fees (at least that`s how I interpret “not a small amount” – sorry if I`m wrong), but two of its publishers have ruined your work and your book is not advertised.
This is the reality of the pay-to-play business model, which invests as little as possible in the production process. This is not what authors should expect from an ethical and responsible publisher. The hard truth about well-known publishers is that they acquire almost exclusively through agents. I`ve long said that footprints like Tor and DAW do writers a great disservice by promoting agentless submissions, even if they give them top priority. In my opinion, they should either be honest about the extreme improbability of authors selling a book through this submission channel, or end the practice. Criticize Amazon as much as you want, but when it comes to publishing, it`s the economic and environmental option. Amazon prints paperbacks as soon as they are ordered. This is called print on demand.
When you order a paperback on Amazon, the digital file is sent to your nearest depot and printed before being delivered to your door. This print-on-demand process means that there is no need to pay in advance for 2000 books written and printed in the traditional way. Every year, millions of unsold pounds are crushed, thrown into landfills or dissolved in a milky liquid and converted into recycled paper. This is not done with Print On Demand. Each printed book was ordered and paid for by the customer. Zero waste on paper. Zero waste in terms of money. I have – a writer`s friend may never “catch up” with what she paid. Companies that “exploit” people`s hopes and dreams are crazy. Many non-fiction publishers try to get an author to commit to a non-compete obligation. As part of a non-competition obligation, the author undertakes not to produce any other work competing with the contractual title without the prior authorization of the publisher.
It is usually not in an author`s interest to write books that compete with each other, as this divides the market and can lead to the failure of both books. Experienced writers won`t sign a non-compete agreement, and publishers don`t promise not to publish books that directly compete with the author`s, so it`s just a bad deal. If the publisher insists on a non-compete obligation on the part of a new author, it should at least be reduced so that the only way to violate it is to write an essentially identical book. If you`ve signed a book contract with a non-compete clause, it`s worth talking to a lawyer to find out how limited you really are. .