After the good people at PDMI crashed and burned without publishing my book, I needed some way to publish again. I wanted to repeat the experience I had at I-Universe and I wanted to do it for significantly less money. So I went in search of another Print-on-Demand publisher to do my second Rosetti Awards
contest novel which also made the final round of judging and lost, though this time there was more final round competition, some by some books that have done quite well in the marketplace since the contest in 2016. I finally found a publisher offering print for a price I could actually afford. (I hadn’t been forced into bankruptcy at that point, and had rebuilt my credit rating.) Page Publishing was its name. It was only half the price of publishing with I-Universe. Unfortunately, you got far less than half the services for the price.
Here’s a decent review that didn’t exist when I was searching; Page Publishing reviewed.
The resulting book will be good, but here are the reasons why I should never have gone down this forest path to publishing with all the weasels hiding in the brambles just off the pathway.
- The money is paid up front and they don’t really do anything for you until the payments are done.
- Nobody actually reads your book. The “editor” working on my book was no more than a proof-reader, and not a good one at that. They didn’t actually read the book. The primary quibble which led to 157 changes in the manuscript was substituting “Ms.” for “Miss”, even in the title of the goddam book. I spent months working to undo the many mess-ups in my story, dutifully citing every line number and instance of me changing things back to the original. Only about three proofreading changes were acceptable.
- The company ignores you for long periods of time, taking weeks to respond to e-mails, being unavailable by phone, and dragging their feet on every change to the next step in the process.
- Everything they did for me I was able to do for free for myself later with Amazon. Any real work on the content of my book was done solely by me. There is no call to be paying people for work done by me.
So, after two years of paying and publisher-initiated problems and foot-dragging, I vowed never to ever in a thousand million billion years pay someone to publish my work ever again. It should be noted, I think it will be a marvelous book when published. I love the story and the characters in it. But I resent having to pay them for the privilege of doing all the work myself.
I finished the writing of an experimental novel in segments on this blog in the meantime, and decided to experiment with publishing through Amazon’s free self-publishing service. That got me a book which I already have a finished copy of, Stardusters and Space Lizards.
You can find that book on Amazon right this instant by clicking here!!!
Once that was successfully done, I didn’t waste any time getting my best baby into print. The next publishing project was Snow Babies.
I now proudly own a paperback copy of my best novel too. I am delighted. You can find my masterpiece on Amazon by clicking here!!!
So, what advice do I have to give after 3 whole posts about the terrible, icky, horrible experiences I have had in the publishing realm? Do you really believe after all my confessions of missteps and wrong-headed doofus-decisions that I have any wisdom at all to offer on the subject? Even one single worthwhile syllable of advice? Well, of course I do. People all learn best when they learn the hard way. So here are Mickey’s rules about stupidly publishing your novels;
- Never pay for publishing.
- Be prepared to do everything yourself.
- Learn from every misstep.
- Learn to laugh about every embarrassing mistake.
- And never stop writing… at least until you are dead… and maybe, not even then.