Create your own Publishing House to sell Your Book

Sometimes life takes a strange turn, not for the worst and not for the best, but for the different. My entire life has been all about writing. And the one thing I’ve realized, that while that dream will never change, the way I’m going about it has.

I have never send my writing into a publisher and so I have never had the moment when I’ve held that envelope in my hand and wondered if it’s a acceptance or a rejection. And while I may have doubted my writing over the years, I have never given up on it.

The more I read about the publishing industry, the less I want to pursue this course. The cons far outweigh the pros. The typical traditional published author receives a small portion of their book sales, but they have the backing of the publisher and sale more books. While the Self-published author pays out for their book printing and markets the book themselves, they may get the less sells but they keep more of the profit. For awhile I wanted to use a Self-publishing firm to publish my books, but the more I learned about the companies, the less appeal it had. Yes, they are a rapid way to publish work, but even they have their down side. So what is a writer to do?

I found an article that provided a more efficient and economically rewarding route, a true form of self-publishing rather than the facade that the traditional publishers and self-publishing firms have given us. Depending on your goals as a writer and your business experience this route can lead to greater freedoms, rewards, and it is surprisingly easy.

If the plan is to publish more than two books, then definitely look into the route of creating a publishing house for yourself. Over and over again I’ve read that the savings over time are tremendous and you can work directly with a POD service that deals with publisher instead of authors like Mill City Press and Lightning Source (Lightning Source seems to be the most talked about and reputable). These POD services do not provide design, file work, editorial, promotional or marketing services. These are solely the responsibility of the publisher.

Like we all haven’t heard that one before.

11 Comments

  1. Make sure to check the laws in your state. (I had to consult an accountant finally as everyone else – including the local Chamber of Commerce – seemed mystified about what self publishing was *rolls eyes*) This was the original plan I had, but in Missouri I needed a $250 business license, had to register for a Fictitious Business Name, and turn in quarterly tax reports and buy my own ISBN numbers. That’s why I settled for the Print on Demand through Create Space with Create Space as the publisher, because there’s no way I’m going to make $250 a year selling the books, let alone to cover the other costs! Someone who was good at marketing could probably do it, though! I’m just not that person, LOL!

    1. LOL I went to H&R Block this morning and the representative asked me, “What exactly is self-publishing?” She was really nice, but I’m surprised more people aren’t familiar with the term.

      1. LOL! Yes! I even had to call a lady at the local University and she was totally confused. the Accountant didn’t seem very sure of herself, but we did manage to get it explained where I think she understood it! So, I’m going with what she said!

      2. I was told by someone to use Freelance Author, then the same rule apply to you as they do a Freelance Writer (i.e. magazine writer, techinal writer, etc.) 😛

    2. I found if you called yourself a Freelance Writer/Author and that you want to set up a business as a Freelance Publisher, they seemed to understand it better.

      I’m glad Wyoming is better at that stuff. For what I’m doing, I don’t need a business license. It will cost be about $100 to file register a trade name, but its not mandatory. A lots depends though on if you set up a LLC, Incorporate, have a C or S Corporation, or selling you’re own books. Another thing I found for Wyoming is that the little town I’m part of isn’t incorporated, which seems to be a big deal to the business people.

      1. My head is spinning…and this isn’t even technical. When it comes to business, I don’t think I do so well. 😦

        I’m glad Wyoming isn’t a state full of red tape for that.

        How would things be if you had other authors on your site?

        I’ll use the “freelance author” next time someone asks because even as I tried to explain it to the H&R Block person, there seemed to be the glassy, “What?” look in her eyes.

        1. You might still get the look. 🙂

  2. Is the idea to publish only your books or other people’s too?

    1. Stephannie Beman says:

      I was thinking of publishing other authors, but that might be a little lucrative and dangerous to do. I might take on clients in my publishing house and work around it somehow. I’ll have to think about it.

      1. I think, if I were you, I’d definitely start with just your own and then maybe expand later once you’ve really gotten a feel for it. Who knows, it might turn out you like publishing more! I’ve read several blogs and such where small publishers say they started out just for themselves but loved it so much they made it their full time career.

        1. I love stuff that challenges me. I’m already fascinated by publishing, but writing is also in my blood. Not something I’ll every give up, found that out once when I was forced to leave it behind of 18 months. It lasted only about 8 months and then I was right back at it. Secretively of course. But that’s a different story.

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