Publishing Behind The Smile
Not so long ago, once a writer had finished writing his or her book, it was time to present it to a publisher or
agent. At this point, your book either sank or swam and if it was rejected, there was only what is snidely called
'vanity publishing'. This has all changed in the 21st Century.
Nowadays, most authors still try to have their book published in the traditional manner, but it can take so
long. It normally takes about three months for a publisher to read the excerpt of manuscript sent to them.
If this were not bad enough, etiquette dictates that you only approach one publisher or agent at a time (in case
you are accepted by more than one, which would mean that at least one agency or publisher had wasted his time).
This means that the poor author could waste a year on just four rejections! It happens all the time. A dozen
rejections, and you are waiting for three years and for 1,000 days the anxious author is stuck, worrying and
When looking for help publishing Behind The Smile. I wasted the whole of 2011 waiting for agents to 'get back to
me'. Ididn't write any more, what was the point, if I couldn't publish my work. I wasted 2% of my life 'waiting'
for stuck-up publishers, who did not give a rat's arse about me.
If an author dared to self-publish, that is, pay to have 500 copies printed to sell himself, he was lampooned as
a 'vanity publisher'! As if wanting to get on with your life were something bad.
When someone buys a franchise, say, a MacDonald's or a 7/11, no-one calls it a vanity business, so why is
self-publishing called vanity publishing? It is meant to ridicule the small, unknown author.
This has all changed, or at least, is changing. Nowadays, authors have five routes they can take:
* the traditional route with a traditional publisher or agent
* publish their work as an ebook
* self-publish at no cost to themselves
* traditional 'vanity publishing'
* a mixture of the above
The least popular by far is traditional vanity publishing, whereby the author pays up front for several hundred
books to be distributed or sold by himself. This might suit someone who has traced the family genealogy.
The traditional route with a traditional publisher or agent is very difficult to get on, unless the writer is
already famous as a writer, a politician, sports or TV personality. Very, very few unknowns are accepted because
the potential for financial loss by the publisher is too great.
Besides, more and more readers, especially the younger ones, prefer electronic reading devices now to physical
books. Amazon sells more ebooks than paperbacks.
This means that many authors now choose to publish their work through Amazon. There are two routes a writer can
take with Amazon and both are completely free to use:
* Kindle - Amazon's ebook publishing arm
* CreateSpace - Amazon's paperback publisher
These companies employ simple-to-use automated software to allow the author to upload the book and get it
printed. You can upload the book to both companies in a morning or even in an hour or two if you are good at that
sort of thing. Your book will be ready for sale as a paperback and as an ebook after it has been checked, which
usually takes less than 72 hours.
I am very glad that I found the route to publishing Behind The Smile through Amazon and its subsidiary companies
Kindle and CreateSpace.
by Owen Jones