WHAT DO PUBLISHERS ACTUALLY DO ?
Generally speaking, the main difference between self-publishing and traditional publishing through a publishing house is the division of labour.
Only you can finish your manuscript. But once that is done, oftentimes your publisher will carry out every aspect of publication. This will include responsibilities to do with editing, designing, printing and marketing your book. They may delegate tasks to specialists or liaise with other companies to fulfill their promise to you.
However, this is not always the case.
Depending on the size of the publishing house, their workload and other factors, they may elect to take you on if the division of labour is more agreeable on their end.
If you accept, this will of course be reflected in their charges and the projected royalties you will earn as the author.
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LET'S TALK MONEY
"Royalties" is the industry term used to refer to any money an author earns when a copy of their book is sold.
This will always be a fraction of the selling price, as several costs will be deducted before you are able to access any profit. These costs typically include any editing, designing or marketing services, but also the tangible side of printing your paperback or hardback copies, or even hiring voice actors for your audio-book.
If you decide to go through the traditional publishing route, you will be requesting professional help in some or all of these fields and therefore receive a smaller percentage of royalties.
There is a lot to consider, and there is no right or wrong decision. Some people prefer to focus on their art and leave the boring stuff to people with more experience, while others are excited by the thought of getting their hands figuratively covered in ink!
At Milestone Press Ltd we want to give both types of creative individuals the opportunity to follow their dream.
" People respect books that
have been traditionally
published more so . . . "
" I won't have a say on how my books are sold if I decide to ask a publisher to help. It is nigh on impossible to have full rights to my work . . ."
" I CAN MAKE
MORE MONEY BY SIGNING ON WITH A PUBLISHING
HOUSE . . . "
" I shouldn't trust publishing firms.
They don't care about my work.
They just want to make money . . ."
" Self-publishing is
too difficult . . . "
WHAT SHOULD I DO ?
CONSIDER YOUR OPTIONS
Take your time. This is an important decision and every circumstance is entirely unique. You may be aware of the process other authors have taken and feel pressure to follow in their footsteps. But every journey is different.
It's about finding the right one for you.
TAKE A RISK
Follow your gut! At the end of the day, you have spent countless hours building your own literary world. If you have reached a point in which you would like to share that story with others, only you know how best to do this.
We can't decide for you, but we can sincerely advise you to take a course of action, regardless of what that may be. If you don't try, you'll never know.
VOICE YOUR CONCERNS
If you're stuck - ask for help! Talk to your loved ones and trusted confidantes who know you best. But also seek objective advice from experienced writers, bloggers, literary agents, published authors and publishers. Use every tool in your tool box. Go online. Look up articles, get involved in forums - whatever it takes to give you the confidence to say, "Yes! This is my decision."
NOW WHAT ?
WHAT WE OFFER
If you are interested in traditional publishing and would like Milestone Press to be your book's publisher, you will need to send us a query (instructions on how to do so can be found on our home page).
If we are interested in your project, we will get in touch with you in due course (be sure to provide us with up-to-date contact details).
Terms will be negotiated based on the extent of help you feel you need and the services you would like us to provide.
Have your say.
Be in control of your own journey.
Whether you've just started or if you only need to clinch those last few steps - Tell us what you need help with.
For a one-off payment, we will provide you with extensive materials containing expert advice on every area you will need to investigate during your pursuit to become an independently successful self-published author.
WHAT WE GUARANTEE
Unfortunately, both co-founders of Milestone Press have recently misplaced their crystal ball. As such, we cannot guarantee "success", provide specific figures or even estimates. (Sorry about that!)
However, what we can guarantee is your satisfaction with your interactions with us.
Our promise to you is simple:
We will always act fairly and with integrity.
At Milestone Press, we understand and identify with your position.
This is because both Company Directors were struggling authors before
deciding to explore the publishing industry.
We don't know everything, by any means, and neither do we purport to.
But we know enough to offer up our experience with the hope of offering you the opportunities we wish we had been given.
We understand how daunting the process of self-publishing is, because we have done it. And we also know that it is not as difficult as some publishing houses make this out to be. So, don't be fooled. You don't need us. But if you choose to receive help from a publisher, avoid being taken advantage of.
With Milestone Press, you can feel safe in the knowledge that we are sincere and genuinely care. We love books and we are excited to receive every query we do.
We are on a constant quest to find that next amazing piece we'll struggle to put down.
If you'll let us, we'll try our best to share that feeling with the world.