Self-publishing Roadblocks Solved
by Molly Barrow Ph.D.
Funny and self-esteem building, Ages 6-8
The author used Barringer Publishing/Lightning Source.
My first book was with a print on demand publisher who was not pleasant to work with and retained my rights for several years.
I found out too late that the book stores and libraries will not order a self-published book. I'm not sure why they are so biased against self-publishing, but it was like a brick wall. I think they are afraid they can not return a self-published or print-on demand book.
I left that old publisher, and I moved my my children's books Malia and Teacup: Awesome African Adventure and Malia and Teacup: Out on a Limb books to Barringer Publishing, a small, full-service publishing house that distributes through Ingram.
As a cooperative publisher, Barringer Publishing is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association, and so far book stores and libraries have ordered freely.
My book, my way
by Tom Cantwell
The Seminole and the Slave
I went for it, and it worked. I won honorable mention in the Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Contest - finishing in the top 5 out of over 500 entries. My book is called "The Seminole and the Slave" - a young adult novel set in Florida in the 1830's. I really enjoyed being completely in control of the entire creative process, from cover to layout to not compromising any of the content. I started my own business - Terrapin Press - and published through a local printshop which unfortunately went out of business. I transfered my account to Minuteman Press and so far so good. One thing I've learned is that I still have a lot to learn about running a business. I'll pursue traditional publishing with my next book, but it's nice to know this option is always there for me.
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