As a Independent Publisher which is a Limited Company, I always tell my author friends and clients to make sure they don’t pay first and to look at prices…some are horrendous. A deposit is one thing, full payment…Hell no… they tend to be Vanity Publishers. Needless to say if you have a set of standards for one then you need them for authors as well. Not all authors are great to work with. I’ve had some damn right nasty ones who nearly made me give up helping others.
It does cost to get published. It doesn’t matter if you go trad or Indie. Traditional take part of your royality for the life of the book, which could be millions and they will only publish you if they can make a profit from you work. Also remember they have control of your manuscript – you don’t! Indie Publishers get paid a one off amount so if you make millions you don’t need to pay them anymore.
What I would like to see is a list of or group of Indie Publishers who assist each other like Indie Authors do. They must have at least five 5 star reviews/testimonials …remember we all have to start somewhere.
In fact, I’ll start a group on Facebook of LLC companies with 5 or more positive testimonials. Let people know and we will build this together for everyone to look at and use.
What information I will need.
Proof of LLC
Proof of your reviews and testimonials.
Genre you work with
Royalty Share – if you work that way
Deposit Amount – if needed
Companies without Reviews/Testimonals will be added as pending
when they start up.
VOTE FOR US
We need more votes for two of our Anthologies – Childrens Anthology & Ghostly Writes 2017, both which are available FREE as ebooks, and I’ve apparently been nominated for Best Formatter.
If you know me and all the work we do for and with others, many times free – like the Indie Publishing News and the Three Anthologies I do each year, then you will see my formatting.
Here are the links. Thank you to anyone who votes.
Thank you to anyone who can and does vote for us. This means a lot 🙂
I never name call anyone. I am always polite and rational with anyone with any discussion. If or when a person earns my ire I tend to grumble a lot, though I do step back and think about the situation which has arisen. I will help as much as I can or as the client will let me…One thing I am clear about is when a client has approved a final file then they will need to pay for extra work, whether the original job was a swap of skills, paid or a package.
2016 was a big year with a lot of changes. It wasn’t a good year on many fronts though I did have a favourite. Needless to say this year was filled with bullying clients and gossip in the local writers group which I didn’t know about for nearly two years. I was devastated by both of these. Luckily for me I have stong family support from my husband and children and some really great friend. Many of those friends were students from my Business Management Course and my Incubate Course.
What I wonder now is if the second book was better set out than the first due to the growth in my learning…Would you redo a client’s book for free because you’ve learnt more about interior design?
One thing I will advise everyone with a small business…
MAKE SURE YOU KEEP ALL YOUR EMAILS FOR EACH CLIENT SO THEY CAN’T BITE YOU ON THE BUTT/ASS AT A LATER DATE!!
Even in those days, I insisted all clients to proofread their own books for any formatting edits. Bits that need changing or taking out etc. This person approved the final file. Six months later they complained I’d left their home address in the back of the book and I have the synopsis in the back as well. EXCUSE ME…YOU APPROVED IT!! Fed up with the ongoing emails, I redid the formatting which was once again APPROVED.
Now we come to the end of 2016. They had decided to sue me…I presume at small claims court. They were going to win and take all my business/money etc.
WOW. Not only this, I had another client who disparaged my name (Yes I can still sue them for defamation of character) They contacted me for a meeting. I went into a deep depression and fog for three weeks…It was one of the worst time in the year for this to happen due to course work for Business Management along with trying to claw my way out of the fog and stabilise once more.
With the bully I was still getting emails. In the end I sent them an offer which most folks wouldn’t refuse. I got a unpleasent email stating I was to re-do the book, and upload it to createspace, and purchase 5 or so copies to be sent to them by a certain date. They had gone a step to far. I was now furious.
Offering them one last deal. It took several weeks to prepare and over $500 out of my business…which is still a loss to this day. I printed off all their emails I met with my business admin who I had to pay ($75) to go through them and advise me if I was correct with my assumptions. That was another $300. Yes I was correct. If they sued me I could prove they were in the wrong, not only that, I could re-sue them for defamation of character.
The email was sent. It wasn’t accepted. I still don’t understand why. The email was sent via my business admin. Their reply. “All I wanted was to have it edited”
If a client has approved a final file then they need to pay for any further formatting edits. They also need to use the final file I sent them. I have about 4 different files with different words counts on my computer…Which is the right one? Why should I continue to edit their work for FREE when they had approved final files.
From this time one I went quiet on Facebook which of course, affected my business badly. This person was still on my friends list and in two groups I ran. It wasn’t until mid 2017 that I finally deleted them, unfriended and blocked them. This was all thanks to another online friend who is like a sister to me. The relief was immense, though with them still living locally I was real nervous going up town. Call it anxiety of thinking they’d verbally attack me in the street. This is also another reason few of my friends online know I went back to England.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU KEEP RECORDS FROM ALL YOUR CLIENTS AND ALSO ALL YOUR REPLIES. IT MAY SAVE YOU ONE DAY.
This same person also emailed saying they had paid for a membership to the Chamber of Commerce…NOPE they didn’t because I have my receipt. However I still wonder today if they paid for a second year – without my permission due to the fact I still received post from this group. I have never been able to find out.
SAVE ALL YOUR RECEIPTS!
As for the second person…They are still in the background, pottering along with life, asking me for coffee…well until they found out I was back in the UK…
The strange thing is that the only clients I’ve ever had issues with were all local males to were I used to live. All my online clients have been amazing and I have loved working and growing with them.
As for the Writers Group. I gave the then chairperson – who is an Editor, a printed out copy of my book to look through and advise. She came back that it wasn’t her style and a bit rude. Ok yes she is an older lady. What I didn’t know was that she’d told the rest of the committee and god knows who else that I wrote Erotica. The book at that time was called Malachy’s Unit – it is now called Hidden Secrets. It is not erotica or even erotic. It is murder, mystery romance with a bit of spice.
Nearly two years later I took my children’s book in to sell and show to the writers group. Girlie and the War of the Wasps. One of the gentlemen who approached me to buy a copy said. “Oh, I thought you only wrote erotica.” to my reply. “I don’t write erotica.” Once again I was as mad as hell. I never went back to the group. The thought they were all looking at me a a nonsense smut writer (yeah they were that bad) was beyond a joke.
The Best Part…
The best part of 2016 was assisting a client with three children’s book. ‘The Pottontots’ is a set of three books with wonderful art work by the author. Keith Broad was awesome to work with and his stories are a great read for any child.
So Headtalker is over and done with and another one moves in. I’m not sure how new they are to the crowdspeaker idea. What I will say is it is looking good.
We did our first campagin, got a tad lost and deleted it. (Don’t you love a learning curve) We did the same campagin again and got it correct. You can find it here. Please support if you can.
Anyway Daycause is slightly different from both Headtalker and Thunderclap. This time you don’t have to gather a certain amount of supporters for the campagin to be published. You can set a term limit of up to 60 days in advance and it also has different social arenas to choose from. The campagin goes on Twitter, Facebook & Google Plus and you raise awareness by sharing the campaign to get supporters. So far we have 11 supporters for our next book release – Enchantments with covers 19,000 plus social media folks.
What we do like about this site is you can write a blurb and add images as well. There isn’t some many words or letters to use like Twitter though they do ask you for a short blurb as well for Twitter
Lets all hope this takes off. It is totally FREE so get in there and give it a go. Let us know what you think.
Indie Publishing News Magazine Issue 8 OUT NOW
This months Magazine had Tory Gates as our Featured Author. A Man of many talents. We also have antoher five interviews from Indie Authors around the world who you need to know about. New Releases, Poetry, a short story…. and much more.
GET YOUR COPY HERE TODAY
Reflections of the past twelve months. What have we done. The highs and lows. The requests and even the chat.
I have met some amazing people over the last twelve months. Many who have helped to improve my love of learning, friendship, sisterhood and much more. With business growing I find it is now time to thank everyone who had helped make this a great year. Thank you for your comments, chat, shares, reblogs and support. Without you I would not be where I am today. A fine spot with more highs than lows. THANK YOU
Clients of 2016
We have assisted EIGHT AUTHORS with NINE books – ebook and print. We have also assisted these authors along with another FOUR to learn the ropes of Publishing. Some wish to do as much as they can, others like assistance each time. Some of these authors have several more works to be published and we are looking forward to working with them again. We have also worked with twenty-five authors for our Anthology…More on that later.
We set up a Sponsorship earlier in 2016. Our WINNER was J B TAYLOR with his Sci Fi novel called DISCOVERY. J B Taylor was Awesome to work with. We’d also like to thank Limelight Literature and Fantasia Covers for been part of this Sponsorship.
Indie Publishing News
Last month we introduced the Roving Reporter idea. This is for those who write or find interesting articles they wish to bring to attention of other Indie Authors and supporters.
As from January 2017 we will have a BACK PAGE ADVERT. For next year this will be Advertising GOINDIENOW an wonderful company who supports Indie Authors with marketing and video discussion – plus much more.
Anyone who else who wishes to support the Magazine to keep it FREE is welcome to place on-going adverts (the same one each month or bi-monthly for a small fee. This Magazine is not out to make money! It is there to help. However at 40 plus pages it takes time, so assistance is always welcome.
Ghostly Writes Anthology
Join the Group today: – Ghostly Writes Anthology Group
On going Training
As the Director of Plaisted Publishing House I have continued my Business Training with a Diploma in Small Business Enterprise – Level 5. I graduate in 2017. I will continue to grow and learn to make my company one of the best, if not the best out there for Indie Authors. I love being a Small Press Publisher. I love to chat and see how I can help. Please dont’ hesitate to contact us.
There have been a few lows, through seeing people in a positive light and them coming back to bite you due to living in a negative world and thinking they know what we should be doing as a company. Even we are still learning the ins and outs, though there are many out there who know – WE KNOW OUR JOB. I’d like to thank those who have given us the love and support we have needed, mainly from friends and clients worldwide – we are proud to say we pulled through – taking the bull by the horns and growing stronger than ever before.
WATCH OUT 2017
Hello and welcome. As you may have noticed we have a magazine called Indie Publishing News. This is a FREE Magazine for Indie Authors and small businesses who support them – Cover Designers, Editors etc.
It has been decided to open up this popular magzine to various submissions. At this time you can submit an article for:
Short Stories – 500 words only
Blogs with interesting articles or advice for Authors.
We are open to ideas, to make this magazine the best it can be. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You need to join the Indie Publishing News Group on Facebook and Sign up for the magazine if you are an Author or Small Business. To get approved you need to sign up HERE
You are asked to share the magazine on social media and in emails. This is to grow everyones fan base. If you have readers interested we have a sign up for them HERE
We are also offering businesses several Advertising spaces which will be either by-monthly or monthly. Costings will be advised for those interested.
Ghostly Writes Anthology 2016
It is that time of year again when authors love to haunt you with our scary, horror filled books that will thrill anyone who loves Halloween.
Ghostly Writes Anthology, presented to you by Plaisted Publishing House, Ltd, New Zealand, with a selection of 26 Indie Authors from around the world. This eBook will be available wordwide from the 31st October. (KINDLE will be late due to getting PERMA FREE established) Each story has its own focus, be it a haunting or not. There are creepy cottages, houses and creatures. Some you won’t want to read at night.
One thing you will notice is that we have left the English Grammar and Spelling in the country of origin – like it or not, it is what it is – English from around the globe.
This year our authors and their stories are:
Here are a few of the teasers to enjoy.
If you wish to have more information you can find me at www.plaistedpublishinghouse.wordpress.com
Our offical book trailer will be out soon on YouTube along with two others made by authors who are participating in this years anthology.