Publishers, Going Outta Business - A Piece Of My Mind
“I am, by any reasonable measurement, old. And yet, more often than not, I feel ageless. Not young, mind you. Ageless. Without age. Nevertheless, the two things create a sort of cognitive dissonance -- when the fact of something doesn't sync up with the experience of it. Of course, it's possible that what I'm feeling is the fact. Ageless is some kind of basic spiritual truth, and being old is simply an experience that we choose to have. We could, for instance, pee often and slowly; make odd, involuntary grunting noises while getting out of a chair; have difficulty seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, copulating, remembering, bending our fingers and breathing, while remaining a field of awareness that exists outside the illusion of time. We also could complain all day and take lots of naps. As I said, it's a choice.” -- Producer / writer / Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory, Mom, Mike & Molly, Two & A Half Men) Vanity Card Archives #527.
“I suppose whenever you go through periods of transition, or in a way, it's a very definite closing of a certain chapter of your life - I suppose those times are always going to be both very upsetting and also very exciting by the very nature because things are changing and you don't know what's going to happen.” -- Actor Daniel Radcliffe
The question of the month is...What does Indy book publishers Secret Craving Publishing, Rebel Ink Press, Silver Publishing, and Booktrope all have in common? All are publishing house that are no longer in the publishing business.
Someone asked me when Secret Craving went out of business, “do you think the publisher took the money?” I replied to this writer, “Don't be ridiculous. I seriously doubt it.”
Know this, it costs a lot to publish and promote books. Plus I trust Sandy Gilbert as a publisher. About six month later, Sandy was my guest on my ANYTHING GOES radio show. I asked her directly about Secret Craving’s demise. She told me everything. “An Indy publisher does not need to blame themselves.” I told her. The show is available and is archived on the Blog Talk Radio web site. If you cannot find it, message me and I will give you the link to the show.
Note, when a publishing house (Big or small) goes out of business, some of its writers are angry. Especially those writers with books to be released. I understand.
Years ago, a smaller trade house closed down (this was not an E-publisher—it was a trade book publisher), the publisher closed its doors in July 2008, my book was to be released in October 2008. WAS I ANGRY? Let’s say, YES and leave it at that. The book was contracted and they could not raise the kill fee per the contract we signed. The house filed bankruptcy. They returned my manuscript half edited back to me in March 2009 with a personal note saying SORRY.
Know this, publishing is hard. Every author wants their book published. You may not be happy with the current state of things, and that's understandable. I caution you, however, about put into writing and sharing publicly anything that could hurt your future career. Handle what you can behind the scenes, and move on. If you don't want people all up in your business, don't make it their business.
Reach for the Stars
Note: This meme is from a writer which best explains E-publishing.
Columnist: Bennet Pomerantz has covered the Audio medium for the last 20 years. He has syndicated newspaper columns, AUDIOWORLD and "Movies of Your Mind", in Affaire De Coeur Magazine. In which he showcase his vast and diverse knowledge of the spoken word medium.
He is also known as a media review critic (books, music, graphic novels, DVDs, CDs) in his weekly syndicated newspaper column "A Piece of the Page". He also is a ranked media reviewer for Amazon.com. http://www.facebook.com/bennet.pomerantz1 / E-mail: email@example.com