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DesertRose 
Posted: 28-Dec-2005, 03:06 PM
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Hey Allen, sorry to take so long to get back to you on this. I told you my SIL is a published Christian author herself. I sent her a copy of your post and this is what she wrote back to me to tell you.

"Yes, I have a red flag that they want to split the profit. The way publishing
works is that writers are offered an advance and royalties, usually 14% to
18%. Tell Allen to be very careful and never, ever pay anyone money to
publsish your work or for someone to be your agent. The real publishing world
doesn't work like that, and if people want money upfront they are probably
scam artists. Lots of those out there"

Hope that helps, Allen.

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Posted: 28-Dec-2005, 06:48 PM
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QUOTE (CelticRose @ 28-Dec-2005, 03:06 PM)
Hey Allen, sorry to take so long to get back to you on this. I told you my SIL is a published Christian author herself. I sent her a copy of your post and this is what she wrote back to me to tell you.

"Yes, I have a red flag that they want to split the profit. The way publishing
works is that writers are offered an advance and royalties, usually 14% to
18%. Tell Allen to be very careful and never, ever pay anyone money to
publsish your work or for someone to be your agent. The real publishing world
doesn't work like that, and if people want money upfront they are probably
scam artists. Lots of those out there"

Hope that helps, Allen.

Hugs!

I have one question about that. A lot of larger, established, publishing houses such as Xelebris and Random House tend to have deals where the author basically pays for the first printing up front. Matter of fact, any offer of the sort I've recieved and investigated (mostly via snail mail) has been that way.


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Posted: 28-Dec-2005, 09:12 PM
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Grats! Hope things are working out and progressing along.


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Posted: 29-Dec-2005, 06:44 AM
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Posted: 29-Dec-2005, 07:20 PM
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Allen !!!!
There is no way you should accept an offer like that. It's such a slam!

If you seriously had something to offer them that was print worthy they would be offering you a check with provision's of royalties based on sales.
So tell em to take a hike!


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Posted: 30-Dec-2005, 02:51 AM
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QUOTE (Aaediwen @ 28-Dec-2005, 06:48 PM)
QUOTE (CelticRose @ 28-Dec-2005, 03:06 PM)
Hey Allen, sorry to take so long to get back to you on this.  I told you my SIL is a published Christian author herself. I sent her a copy of your post and this is what she wrote back to me to tell you.

"Yes, I have a red flag that they want to split the profit. The way publishing
works is that writers are offered an advance and royalties, usually 14% to
18%. Tell Allen to be very careful and never, ever pay anyone money to
publsish your work or for someone to be your agent. The real publishing world
doesn't work like that, and if people want money upfront they are probably
scam artists. Lots of those out there"

Hope that helps, Allen.

Hugs!

I have one question about that. A lot of larger, established, publishing houses such as Xelebris and Random House tend to have deals where the author basically pays for the first printing up front. Matter of fact, any offer of the sort I've recieved and investigated (mostly via snail mail) has been that way.

Hey Aaediwen! Well I just happen to know an author who sells her books through Random House. I will forward your question to her as well and get back to you! wink.gif
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Allen,

How's it going with the book deal?


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Well, I've pretty much decided to pass on her offer. I can't find any information on her, and most every published author I've asked has either told me to be VERY VERY cautious or flat out told me to tell her no, so I think I'll bow to their experience. Besides, if its good enough to get one offer, hopefully it will be good enough to get more later. It sure was flattering to even get the offer though! smile.gif


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Take a look at www.publishamerica.com...They are an on demand publisher that will allow you to get a book into publication in limited quantities and help you with advertising and promotion. I know several authors who have published through them and were happy with the experience.
These days when everyone with a computer is writing a "book" it is quite difficult to get picked up by any major publisher unless you have a proven record. Even Stephen King had trouble in his early years.
There has been a big growth in the so called "self publishing houses" to meet the demand of the many people clamoring to get published.
Publish America seems to be sort of a cross between the two types of publishers, one being the traditional publishing houses where you have to be a known author or have an agent to get in the door and the other being the "vanity" publishers who will literally take anything and put it in print for a fee. A large fee at that.
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