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Postby LONGBOW » Fri Jul 16, 2004 12:17 am

I am making slow progress on the first Ainunor book so does anyone where I can find some steroids?(high :arrow: :P )

no only kidding,but does anyone know if it's a good idea to publish it or sell it written down on pieces of paper stapled together that costs a certain amount of colored paper(that's the cost from a hitchhikers guide perspective)
what do you think? official and expensive or black market cheap moneymaking
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Postby doctorsparkles » Fri Jul 16, 2004 12:42 am

Maybe this belongs in the publishing area? Not too sure...
Perhaps it would be better to get it officially published. I think people would be more likely to purchase a book that looks nice and has been edited professionally... at least I would be more likely to. If a book has been published, that tells us that somebody read the book and liked it enough to distribute it. If you release it yourself, all we know is that you, the author, think that your own work is good enough for other people to read. Not only that, but if you actually have it published and sold, it will be available to far more people than if you were to sell it yourself.
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Postby Formendacil » Fri Jul 16, 2004 2:15 am

Dunno if this belongs in this forum, but anyways....

Self-publishing (paying other people to publish) is NOT recommended. You will very, very rarely make enough sales to meet your costs, and you have to do ALL the work.

As for finding a publisher, and selling your work (which is what almost all authors have done), if its good enough, they'll buy it.

If it's REALLY good enough, you can live off the profits.
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Postby wlister » Fri Jul 16, 2004 3:55 am

Formendacil has the gist of it. Essentially write your story, have it edited from grammar, spelling continuity etc... then submit it typewritten and bound to some publishing companies.

If it is a book with graphics, spend the money and have your pages with images printed at a Staples/Kinkos type place. I would recommend only printing color pages at a retail outlet. Print the rest yourself and then have the retail outlet bound the manuscript. Personal printing can cost you 100's of $$$ with little or no return. You could probably print off color pages and have your manuscript bound for about $15.00 each depending how many color pages you have. No color pages should run you less than $3.00 each to have bound. Once it is finished and looking professional, then you could shop it around to publishers.

Aside from that, good luck and this topic belongs in Publishing not stories. Perhaps an ever so helpful Admin could move it. :D


Edit Would you look at that, they did move it. Isn't that special. :wink:
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Postby cnelson » Fri Jul 16, 2004 1:22 pm

There are several books on Amazon written about getting published--try one of them.

Also, you may have better luck by getting an agent. That's usually done by submitting a treatment of a chapter or two to the agent rather than the whole book.

Be VERY careful about following manuscript guidelines meticulously. Most submissions are double-spaced in a fixed-width font with specific header & footer requirements. Many editors will summarily dismiss anything that's not properly formatted without even glancing at the content!

Good luck!
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Postby Loneranger » Tue Jul 27, 2004 2:48 pm

Trying to be a J.R.R tolkien I see ;)


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Postby Robin Hood » Tue Jul 27, 2004 7:31 pm

Can't help you but good luck. Will we ever see this book? :wink:
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