10 Responses to “Transition: From editor to author…”

  1. Keira Soleore March 16, 2011 at 11:52 AM #

    Angie, I wouldn’t give it away for free. I’ve heard from numerous people that it’s really helped them. With your built-in audience willing to spread news by word-of-mouth, a Kindle version or a smashwords version would work. However, I hope you find an e- or p- publisher to take your project on.

  2. Wynter Daniels March 16, 2011 at 11:54 AM #

    I got so much out of your class and I think there’s plenty of buzz on the net about how good it is. But, yeah, it sort of does make me feel a little better knowing some editors who hold lots of power over authors are also on the other side on occasion. Bwahaha! But seriously, I think the book would be a success and uber helpful to so many aspiring writers out there, however you get it published.

  3. Nas March 16, 2011 at 5:51 PM #

    I’m with Wynter Daniels here. I received so much out of your class and it’s all over the net about how your class is. So many people after taking it went on to get published!

    However you get the book published, it will be in great demand with aspiring writers out there. I’ve just joined a crusaders group with 200+ members. And all aspiring writers, so you can imagine if your book comes into their notice.

    BTW, I will be featuring a self-pubbed author on my blog from the 22nd March. Just check out what self-pubs say. You already have your audience and your platform!


  4. Kathleen Dienne March 16, 2011 at 7:10 PM #

    I was just telling one of my clients the old saw that in a gold rush, the people who get rich aren’t the little guy miners. The ones who consistently win are the ones who run out to sell picks and donkeys to the miners. The big strikes still mainly come from people with serious backing.

    I was talking about Facebook games, but the metaphor holds, I think. What I’m getting at is that all the stuff that goes into good self-publishing *is* overwhelming, which is why an entire industry of supporting services have popped up in the last year. At this point you can hire everything done, reducing your role as self-publisher down to “project manager.” You have the chops for that – not many writer types do.

    You probably already asked yourself this, but I didn’t see it in your musings – where do you think you’ll make most of your sales? If the answer is “the people who take your workshop,” self-publishing is still probably your best bet. If it’s “the people who have heard of and admire Angela James,” ditto. Each book is hand sold to an audience of people who’ve already seen the value of what you have to say. Hire an editor, hire a format guy (someone who composes in HTML), hire the artist, nom nom nom the lovely percentages.

    If you want it to be one of the standard books old hands recommend to new writers, and you think your book has some serious gold in the pages… welcome to the query-go-round (of course sending the queries directly to the editors who know and love you). πŸ™‚ I suspect you would do an amazing job. I know that I have a bunch of self-editing books, but I didn’t really put together the pieces into a working checklist until I went through your workshop.

    Yikes. I think this is my 42 cents, not two. This is why I have to have an editor πŸ˜‰

  5. Angie March 16, 2011 at 7:45 PM #

    I think maybe I didn’t express why I’ve chosen not go with self-publishing well. I work, at my actual job, often 10-12 hours a day. I love to read, I need to exercise and I definitely have to have time to spend with my family. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for extra things.

    I know exactly how the publishing industry works, the effort that goes into a book, and what a manuscript needs to help it shine. I don’t have the time, energy or desire to hunt down each of those services separately. I barely have the time, energy or desire to find one publisher who can do all of that for me.

    I know there are services for people who self publish, everything from editors, to cover artists, to formatters, but all of those things are not created equal, and I don’t have the inclination to figure out which ones come out at the top of the list for my particular needs, if that makes sense. I want a publisher who’s already done that for me.

  6. Kathleen Dienne March 16, 2011 at 9:18 PM #

    Whoops, wasn’t suggesting that you didn’t know what went into book production, and I’m awfully sorry if it came across that way. Considering you launched an entirely new epublisher last year, I thought it was possible you’ve been… busy?

    Having not been THAT busy, I have been watching the self-pub options, and as late as December 09, the only possibilities up to snuff were wildly unaffordable. Seems like the last six months has seen a mushrooming of incredibly professional and competitive options.

    It would still take time, and I totally get you on the time thing. I have several day jobs, and I write at night. There’s also taking care of my little guy and my big guy. (Exercise? Uh… I live in a split level, does carrying laundry up the stairs count?) You’ll note I don’t self-pub my novellas.

  7. Brenda March 19, 2011 at 2:31 PM #

    I think you’d do really well if you paper published because it would be a nice reference book to thumb through and highlight and have sitting on my shelf. But if you don’t want to do the extra work involved with that, ie finding the publisher and what not, why not put a package together and offer it as a download that costs a bit extra to those taking your class. or even just an option on your website for when you aren’t running the class. “Here download this at a price.” Vola, extra money coming in but no extra work going out. Maybe even someone would approach you with an offer once word of mouth got around. I am a newbie maybe it doesnt work that easily. But sounds good. Brenda L

  8. Lisaontheloose March 28, 2011 at 2:45 PM #

    It’s comforting to know even someone who’s so entrenched in the publishing business can still have questions about what to do with the information they’ve got! Thank you for that. πŸ™‚

  9. Evil Wylie April 13, 2011 at 3:59 PM #

    Writer’s Digest Books. Sounds like it would be right up their alley.

  10. Dan Marvin May 18, 2011 at 4:22 PM #

    I tried to be helpful. I searched through my LinkedIn contacts for someone who would edit and publish your book on a percentage of sales basis (as opposed to a ‘pay up front’ basis) and drew a blank. I looked through the Preditors and Editors database (you may want to add CarinaPress there, you aren’t listed) for recommended publishers of that genre and… nothing. If it were SciFi or Fantasy there are plenty, but then you probably wouldn’t need an outside publisher.

    I did a Google search for publishers of how-to books and came up with Frederick Fell Publishers in Florida. A quick search for horror stories didn’t turn up much, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any. The link is http://www.fellpub.com/

    I think you’re discounting self publishing too quickly. Believe me, I understand what you’re saying. You have a full time job and a kid who is a budding artist and dogs and cats and fish and a husband and no time to worry about designing a cover or buying ISBN numbers. With all of that said, it’s really not that hard and you’ll get a much better percentage of your sales if you do it yourself. If you do an e-book, you can get use Smashwords and get on the Kindle, iBooks, Nook, and Sony e-reader in almost no time. If you want a print version, you can set up shop with LightningSource for $150 and buy an ISBN number for $100 and they’ll walk you through it. Createspace is another option if you just want to go through Amazon with a minimum of fuss and decent royalty per book.

    Since your book is a targeted ‘How-to’ book, your cover can be to the point. I’m sure you know editors who would be willing to read through it (graduates of your course, maybe?) and help you get it polished.

    The other option is to jump into the pool with the rest of us, find an agent, and try to get a publisher interested through the process of queries and rejections.

    Good luck!


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