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CONTRACT REVIEW

MENTORING

PUBLISHING RESOURCES

FIND an EDITOR, DESIGNER, ILLUSTRATOR, PHOTOGRAPHER, PROOFREADER, INDEXER, and other useful resources.

REPUTABLE PUBLISHERS we've worked with:
Bridgeross       Baton Press  

The best way to self-publish your book is with SmashWords
It costs nothing, and they don't try to upsell with extra services.
BUT you have to pay to have your book professionally edited first,
and create (or pay for) an excellent cover design. Then you can upload your book in Word to Smashwords, and they create the ebook in all formats, and distribute widely.

Red Tuque Books is a Canadian distributor for Canadian small presses 
and self-published Canadian authors. 
The 40 page annual catalogue is compiled in the spring, then printed and shipped to
bookstores, libraries and schools in the fall.
The online version of the last catalogue produced is available for download from the website: www.redtuquebooks.ca
Mewsings/Musings  has been in the catalogue since 2013.

A book’s cover represents 73% of the buying decision; price represents 17%; rating represents 10%.

               The New York Times reviews about 1% of the books that come out in any given year.

Canadian authors now have an organization of agents to consult. Collectively, they represent  represent more than 1,000 writers and illustrators, allowing authors to communicate with the majority of agencies through one officially designated group when it comes to industry issues. The Professional Association ofCanadian Literary Agents  will work closely not only with book publishers but also with federal and provincial governments, prize granting organizations, writers associations, booksellers, literary festivals, review media, and educational institutions.

BOOKS that discuss Publishing Options

Terry Whalin is the author of more than 60 books from traditional publishers, a former literary agent and still works as an acquisitions editor. He points out that editors and publishers don't read manuscripts; they want a solid proposal. Whalin's book, Book Proposals that Sell, offers 21 secrets to writing a winning proposal. He also offers courses and seminars to help you through the process. Go to http://SimonTeakettle.com/nonfiction.htm

The Self Publisher's Ultimate Resource Guide lists more than 850 curated and verified resources in 33 Categories, compiled by Joel Friedlander and Betty Kelly Sargent. Endorsed by all the top names in the field, including Dan Poynter, Joan Stewart and Patricia Fry, the surtitle of this book describes it perfectly, as every indie author’s essential directory, to help you prepare, publish, and promote professional looking books.
Order from http://www.thebookdesigner.com/

Dan Poynter’s Self-Publishing Manual is in its 16th printing. Poynter died in 2015, but his last book was Volume 2 of the Manual, bearing the subtitle, How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book Employing the Latest Technologies and the Newest Techniques. It explains how to write your book faster, publish it for less, discover more economical ways to distribute your book, and earn more profit by cutting out the middlemen. This book covers print books, e-books, audiobooks, and others.

The Savvy Book Marketer, Dana Lynn Smith, offers guidebooks and courses for authors and independent publishers. Check the URLs below for her guides, which are available in  PDF format:
How to Get Your Book Reviewed - $17
    https://secure.bmtmicro.com/servlets/RIP.DemoDownload?PRODUCTID=72140001&AID=2707971 
How to Sell More Books on Amazon - $15
    https://secure.bmtmicro.com/servlets/RIP.DemoDownload?PRODUCTID=72140006&AID=2707971
Virtual Book Tour Magic - $17
    https://secure.bmtmicro.com/servlets/RIP.DemoDownload?PRODUCTID=72140005&AID=2707971
The Savvy Book Marketer's Guide to Selling Your Book to Libraries - $19
    https://secure.bmtmicro.com/servlets/RIP.DemoDownload?PRODUCTID=72140004&AID=2707971
Facebook Guide for Authors - $15
    https://secure.bmtmicro.com/servlets/RIP.DemoDownload?PRODUCTID=72140000&AID=2707971
Twitter Guide for Authors - $15
    https://secure.bmtmicro.com/servlets/RIP.DemoDownload?PRODUCTID=72140002&AID=2707971
Pinterest Guide for Authors - $7
    https://secure.bmtmicro.com/servlets/RIP.DemoDownload?PRODUCTID=72140003&AID=2707971
                      Dana also offers AUDIO/VIDEO training programs:
How to Promote Your Novel - $21
    https://secure.bmtmicro.com/servlets/RIP.DemoDownload?PRODUCTID=72140011&AID=2707971
Ultimate Book Marketing Plan Workshop - $97
    https://secure.bmtmicro.com/servlets/RIP.DemoDownload?PRODUCTID=72140009&AID=2707971
Make Money with Teleseminars and Webinars - $37
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Ebook Publishing Success - $47
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Author Jane Friedman offers a wide range of advice and experience with all kinds of publishers:
http://janefriedman.com

The Fine Print of Self-Publishing, by Mark Levine, which compares and ranks more than a dozen companies in this growing field. Full review HERE.  This is an area where things change very quickly, companies are purchased by others, terms change, and there are new additions all the time. So you need to have the most current edition. The fourth edition is out now. Mark has two other websites with useful info. Start with
www.Go-Publish-Yourself.com.


 Self Publishing: Writing A Book and Publishing Books and eBooks For Yourself and Others
is a  workbook containing 22 chapters of detailed instructions and more than 140 screen shots illustrating every step in the writing and self-publishing process. A. William Benitez, whose company, Positive Imaging, LLC, offers writing, publishing, distribution and web design services, has provided the first clear, comprehensive guide I've come across. Best of all, he describes how to use  free and/or inexpensive software, offering step-by-step instructions for using each one. Read my full review HERE. There's also a complete description of the book, with ordering information, at:  http://selfpublishingworkbook.com  Benitez also offers a free self-publishing eCourse at:http://publishingsimplified.com/FreeSPCourse/SPeCourse2012.pdf


If you want to use Word to prepare a professionally-formatted book for Amazon's CreateSpace, you might want to take a look at How to Publish Your Book on CreateSpace and Kindle. Russ Crowley, a freelance technical author and Word template consultant, offers easy publishing using versions of Word from 2007 on. The book is heavily illustrated with helpful screenshots, and there's online support from him at Red Dragon Publishing. Order the book from  http://www.1clickbookcreation.com.


 A blog which discusses the problems with Author Solutions (owned by Penguin) and how to control your book's future without succumbing to scams: The Value of Control by David Gaughran. Don't be mislead by affiliations with top brand names. Penguin Random House owns the world’s largest vanity press – Author Solutions – which is currently subject to a class action for deceptive business practices, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and violation of business statutes in California, New York, and Colorado. Author Solutions and its parent company, Abbott Press, were also listed as a "Writer's Digest Company" until spring, 2014.

Before you sign with any publisher, check Writer Beware

Choosing A Self Publishing Service 2014: The Alliance of Independent Authors Guide, compiled by the Watchdog team at The Alliance of Independent Authors, draws on recommendations from ALLi members, warnings from their Watchdog Services, other community word-of-mouth and in-depth research, comparing the most significant self-publishing services -- from single service suppliers to package providers; from large big brand names to smaller sole traders; from off-the shelf providers to bespoke services. The guide evaluates these players, compares one to the other, tells you what they do and don’t do, what they charge and for what. Offerings are categorized, prices examined, royalty structures broken down, terms and conditions trawled, small print scrutinized, and claims checked against the experience of real-life authors who have actually used these services. Using these twenty examples, the guide shows you how to do such a comparison yourself: the good and bad signs to look for, the questions to ask. The aim is to demonstrate all the options you are likely to encounter and show which services are doing a good job — and why you might avoid others. Most importantly, in a landscape where things change rapidly, the Guide provides the criteria by which you can evaluate any author service. This is updated annually by ALLi's Watchdog team, so all the information is bang up-to-date.

Publish Your Book, Proven Strategies and Resources for the Enterprising Author  (Allworth Press, 2012) is the 35th book from Patricia Fry. Patricia's previous books include The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book,  A Writer’s Guide to Magazine Articles for Book Promotion and Profit, and Over 75 Good Ideas for Promoting Your Book. I've contributed to a couple of these, including her other 2012 title from Allworth: Talk Up Your Book, How to Sell Your Book Through Public Speaking, Interviews, Signings, Festivals, Conferences and More. Also check Patricia's excellent blog at:  www.matilijapress.com/publishingblog  Patricia, the Executive Director of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network), a networking organization which she helped form in 1996, is also an excellent publishing consultant.

CHECK COMPARISON CHARTS for e-book and POD publishers, showing costs and royalties at
www.publishyourownebooks.com (tiny URL for specific page at: http://tinyurl.com/3nh3o6y

Angela Hoy, of WritersWeekly.com and BookLocker.com, provides comparisons of how many books you need to sell to recoup your investment if you use any of the popular POD publishers. Read it HERE.

DOES YOUR EBOOK DESERVE AN AWARD?
I served as a judge in Dan Poynter's first Global EBook Awards, and the program was so successful it is continuing this year. This is a way to get recognition for your ebook, with significant publicity on the Global Ebook site and the ability to use certificates and award seals on your books and website. Check it out HERE.

POD PUBLISHING COMPANIES I RECOMMEND: 

CANADIAN: Five Rivers Publishing is an independent publisher of fiction and non-fiction, giving voice to new and established Canadian authors. They pay royalties of 10% of retail price on print, 50% of net proceeds on digital.

Baton Press: is a small publishing house that offers new authors an easy bridge between a manuscript and a completed book. By using print-on-demand technology, they offer economical set-up fees and a fair percentage of return on sales. Owner Bob Barclay welcomes submissions on any topic. Bob will also handle just cover design and formatting if you want to take your book to a local printer.

U.S.: BookLocker produces beautiful books for self-publishers. You can obtain your own ISBN or let them assign one (no charge). They format for a very reasonable cost, print via Lightning Source (the standard in the industry), and distribute via Ingram. Prices are among the most reasonable in the field.

If you're self-publishing, you need a professional designer for your cover (front, spine and back, properly layered and ready to print) as well as for the interior, in digital format, ready to go to the printer as well as to ebook outlets. I recommend Mike O'Reilly, who has been a friend for many years. Contact him HERE.

Another option for self-publishers is particularly helpful for first-time authors. Foboko is an online tool that allows anyone to write, design, and publish e-books. There's no charge to use their Publishing Wizard software, to access the community, or to publish your book. They offer free distribution via Free-eBooks.net, which attracts over 1,000,000, unique visitors every month to their online library. Developed by Paradise Publishers in Nevada, the company appears to be a viable option for those who want to "test-drive" a book, obtain comments and assistance from other authors, and earn a bit of revenue via advertising posted around their eBook. 

Order free PDF reports on writing-related subjects, including correct manuscript format, how to form and run a critique circle, how to identify weak writing and repair it, self-publishing versus traditional publishing, and much more. Go to http://zebraeditor.com/free_reports.shtml

Free barcodes: http://www.barcoding.com/upc/

Royalty-free images: http://www.gettyimages.ca/creativeimages/royaltyfree

If you use public domain material for content, check out this page of resources: 
http://provencontent.com/resources/ 

Check http://www.biography.com/ if you need information about famous people, including lists and statistics.

VIDEO TRAILER FOR YOUR BOOK

Canadian Printers:

Formatting guides for the major eBook formats:  http://mediabistro.com/galleycat

Go to http://www.beautebook.com/freebies/ to download a template that allows you to create your own six-by-nine book or e-book.

Brooke Broadbent will write your family stories or help you do it, write articles about history and family stories, review family history books and articles, and provide free resources to help you research and write family stories.  His website is: www.telling-family-tales.com

Help with Contracts and Legal Issues:

Barbara Florio Graham will review your publishing contract, commenting on the contract terms, flagging problems, suggesting modifications, and letting you know if there are any clauses that you should refer to a lawyer. Barbara is not a lawyer, and she is not offering legal services. But she's had sufficient experience (having worked as a law clerk) to understand legal language, and has considerable expertise in contract terms and copyright.  A full explanation of this service can be found HERE.

Independent Book Reviewers: 

CANADIAN LIBRARIES DATABASE
90+ Canadian libraries with purchasing power, ready to print on labels

A comprehensive resources site: http://100kresources.com/

WEBSITES for Publishing Information

            The Alliance of Independent Authors brings together self-published authors for mutual support.

            Bibliocrunch.com - an online resource connecting writers with the publishing professionals they need,  
            such as editors, graphic designers and formatters.

            BookDesignTemplates.com

            www.authorronknight.com  Ron Knight is a co-founder of UpAuthors, and his site contains many free
            booklets on book promotion, including 71 Ideas to Sell Books.

http://abookinsideforum.ning.com/  a forum for self-publishers

SOURCES: a searchable, deep-indexed database of Canadian experts, media spokespersons, and other sources of information.

ISBN information:

AGENTS & OTHER SERVICES:

CONTRACT REVIEW - JUST $75/hour. Contact Barbara Florio Graham: bfg at SimonTeakettle.com

            QueryTracker.net: About 200 publisher listings and 1,000 agent listings. Basic service is free.

For a single list of 1,400 literary agents, including 250+ foreign rights agents, you can instantly download a copy in Word format for $30 at http://www.bookmarket.com/orderform.htm.

OTHER RESOURCES

BOOK PROMOTION & PUBLICITY

DOES YOUR EBOOK DESERVE AN AWARD?
I served as a judge in Dan Poynter's first Global EBook Awards, and the program was so successful it is continuing this year. This is a way to get recognition for your ebook, with significant publicity on the Global Ebook site and the ability to use certificates and award seals on your books and website. Check it out HERE.

LIBRARY DIRECTORIES

           http://www.travelinlibrarian.info/libdir 
           http://www.webpan.com/msauers/libdir

CANADIAN LIBRARIES DATABASE
100+ Canadian libraries with purchasing power, ready to print on labels

The Donohue Group, Inc. (DGI) is a library contract services firm with extensive experience in cataloging, retrospective conversion and publisher cataloging-in-publication.

A list of 2,224 U.S. public and college libraries, in various data formats, for $40. from 
http://www.bookmarket.com/orderform.htm   

Download a PDF Measuring Tool designed by Marko Mikulich to help authors build their self-published Book. The tool is cut out of an 8.5x11-in paper sheet and contains five different measuring rulers (inches, millimeters/centimeters, pica), type-sizing tool for determining lettering size from 6 to 72-points, decimal-fraction equivalent conversion, line widths, etc. This tool is from the Appendix of the new book, ILLUSTRATE YOUR SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK; The Author's Guide for Drawing, Photography, Typesetting & Productionhttp://www.erdc.com/meas-tool.pdf

BEFORE YOU CONSIDER PRINT-ON-DEMAND OR INTERNET-BASED SERVICES, PLEASE CLICK HERE

COPYRIGHT INFORMATION

CANADIAN LIBEL LAW

The Canadian Booksellers' Association

CLICK HERE FOR MARKETING RESOURCES

A NOTE RE DISTRIBUTION:
Ingram and Baker & Taylor are WHOLESALERS, not distributors. All they do is provide a way for booksellers to order the books. A distributor actively markets the books they represent to those booksellers, and most demand a higher discount--usually 65-75%.

RECOMMENDED SOFTWARE FOR WRITERS

CANADIAN LIBRARIES DATABASE
100+ Canadian libraries with purchasing power, ready to print on labels