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2003-12-05 11:41 AM
Editorial Standards at PublishAmerica
Here are some passages from the official AuthorsMarket.net website. They are reproduced here for educational and critical purposes.
I assume PublishAmerica's clients can expect the same standard of editorial excellence.
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- Then there were the few that chose to become their own publisher. They self-published their book, and mostly got nowhere because book stores do not deal with non-established publishers. To be sure, there is always still an occasional money shark out there reminding people that they can all become the next Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, or James Redfield who also were forced into self-publishing when they first began, but that's like saying that any nextdoor girl can become Princess of Monaco, just because Grace Kelly did it, too.
- Take a chance, mail those manuscripts their way. Try Random House, Putnam, Penguin, HarperCollins, Knopf, Time Warner, a University press or two. The odds are tremendously against you, all the cards are stacked the wrong way.
- Meanwhile, prepare yourself for a long, long wait, and for a string of desillusions.
- The major league of publishers accepts less than .5 (that's right, less than one-half) percent of all submissions.
- Only younger authors are more comfortable than middle-aged authors with also revealing what they think their true self is.
- Are all fiction books difficult to market? The short answer is, "yes". The nuanced answer is, "not always."
- They have no clue about what it is to write real-life stories, and how to find them a home. Unless you are a sci-fi or fantasy author yourself.
- There is a variety of options for you. First of all, check out one of those publishers listings. Your local library carries them.
- Last time we checked, their most favorite midsize publisher with an open-door policy for new quality talent was PublishAmerica.
- Remember Jack Nicholson's character in As Good As It Gets?
- Publishers know this, therefore they don't invest in efforts that they know will be wasted. They wish it'd be different.
- Such is the attitude of the writer who ain't seen nothing yet. They are under the mistaken impression that once the writing is completed, all the hard work has been done.
- Let's look a little closer at those self-anointed "experts", the ones who call themselves author advocates, or watchdogs. You won't find too many of them, but they are usually loud. Their writing is typically characterized by the use of an overkill of adjectives, and by references to you being a victim of something. Their own book genre is almost always Science-Fiction or Fantasy.
- SciFi [spelled inconsistently throughout] and Fantasy are among the easier genres, requiring no believable storylines, and no believable every-day characters. Not the sky is the limit, but outer space, and there everything goes.
- SciFi and Fantasy abounds with literary parasites and plagiarists.
- The millions of Star Trek afficionados will read just anything as long as it says Star Trek on the cover.
- There are others who, particularly in the field of Fantasy, rewrite all but everything under the sun that has already been written before. They rummage through books on mythology, steal a character here, borrow a plot line there, throw in a wizzard from King Arthur, and literally loot all the mythologies ever written.
- All these folks are unassuming, unpretending, and unbiased. When in doubt what to do or who to trust, check out their web sites.
- Who not to trust? Every one who effectively attempts to keep you from being published. That's right, that's what they try to do, keep you away from their ranks. They congregate at places where they sometimes do a smart job. They list scams and scammers, as well they should. There are a whole lot of bad guys out there in the industry, people who take your money and run. So-called agents, book doctors, guys who promise and never deliver, publishers who say one thing and do another, etc. Nothing wrong with listing those low-lives and issuing warnings against them, or even suing them if possible.
- If doing this were the "advocates"' only agenda, they would actually do the novice writer a favor.
- The more remarkable it is that we know so very little about printing and, not any less important, binding processes.
- If a family's son was admitted to be a printer's apprentice, everyone celebrated.
- Computers were initially used mainly for text processing. The old-fashioned, bulky linotype machines were relegated to the dumpsters, and they made place for tiny desktop units that look much like your home pc. These computers fed the plate makers which, in turn, fed the presses. Then, in the late 1990s, also the plate makers had to roll over. Digital printing had been invented.
- Most folks don't enjoy staring at their home computer screen for hours on end. And if they possess a hand-held reader, they're not that keen either, despite the mobility of those gadgets.
- We are simply not used to reading books in any other way than from old-fashioned paper. We all grew up with using a book product that has basically remained unchanged ever since book publishing came to America in 1639.
- According to the American Forrest and Paper Organization, paper consumption rose during the very years that America's homes and offices were stacked with computers and other electronic simplifiers of life, between 1990 and 1998, from 80 million tons to 92 million tons, and we're still counting.
- And until then, the printed book will remain the main carrier of story telling.
- Author Stephen King pioneered the technology by selfpublishing his "Riding the Bullet"in e-format a few years ago, and sold a few hundred thousand copies, but this has remained an isolated incident, and not a very indicative one.
- It is no one's dream to write a book and only see it published on the internet.
- Because that's what being published is all about, plus they know that a printed book reaches a much larger audience, and finally, it does not hurt to know that presently more than 50 percent of all books are printed on recycled paper, and that this percentage is growing every year.
- If your publisher is smart, he will wait at least six to twelve months before he considers to also release your book in e-format, much like they used to release paperbacks after hardcover sales had run their initial course.
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