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To print or not to print..

 

Publishing method of choice is a big question for me at this time. There are a number of factors to weigh up in this decision. Cost, time, resources? Basically.. which way to proceed?

 

As I have mentioned previously, I have had a couple of poems published in anthologies by Noble House and the International Poets Library. But this was several years ago now and only involved me submitting my poems electronically to these literature giants and leaving it to them. I have since compiled a book or two that I would love to publish. It seems to be an issue that plagues me, i have at least one book of poems and now an unedited manuscript about my mother and her battle with disease – see my last post 'My mothers pain..'

 

The question is this: Do I self-publish in a limited run self-funded or do I send these manuscripts to the various publishing houses and await a response. It is a question for all first time authors. Considering 98 percent of manuscripts sent to publishers are rejected, can I handle the negative responses? I'm sure that JK Rowling (author of the famous Harry Potter series) and others had the same dilemma. I tried to get this question asked on Q&A for the writers festival special but it wasnt to be. See my post titled 'The show must go on..'

 

There are many publishing houses to choose from, Random House, Noble House, etcetera. In addition to the online publishing sites and e-publishing options. According to an article I read a while back by Les Hender of Hender Publishing, “the solution to the problem is e-publishing.” Hender tells us that “E-publishing, or electronic publishing, is set to revolutionise the entire face of publishing by drastically reducing the costs and risks normally associated with conventional publishing. Waste will be eliminated; production costs will be drastically reduced. Publishers will no longer have to make a decision based on risk. Now anyone who has written a book or plans to write a book has the opportunity to get published. Publishing is no longer for the elite few.” Of course this article was written a while back and since then we have seen the rise of e-books/e-readers and tablets etcetera.

 

This could be right for me in trying to get the story of my mums battle with a dreaded disease over a long period. I cant see how it could be a best seller but I believe it could be an interesting and motivational story for someone out there. As I previously stated, it is in an unedited state at the time of writing this piece so it may be a while before I have to cross the bridge from wannabe to published author. I feel the time is now to get the story out. With self-publishing and e-publishing there is a cost but the same can be said for the tradition of sending a manuscript to publishing houses. You still have the costs of copying and posting the stack of paper to these businesses.  We have even thought of overseas outsourcing of the printing but its a little difficult to liaise with printing professionals from so far away.

 

Should I go with the new technology or stay 'old skool'. I always think that there is nothing like the good old-fashioned book. Besides, you do not need a power source apart from the light above your chair or bed and you dont have to worry if the battery runs flat in a book – there is no battery, simple as that. Waste is an important issue for me too, as all this copying uses paper and ink.

 

Of course, this is ironic since I am writing this on a blog, which is completely electronic. Though I will say that most of my blog posts begin as notes on a physical page to which I then type up using a word processing package. Only then, once edited and refined do I paste it onto the blog site for further editing before release to my audience.

 

Talking about my audience, I sometimes wonder since starting this blog.. who is reading my blog posts? I do take feedback and thats why i wanted the comments section after each post. I wish i could hold a poll on what method of publishing my audience think i should use. So, what do you think is the best method for my writings? If you are reading this, then you may have read some of my other entries, so you be the judges and the voters.

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10.03 | 19:15

I have stood by and watched a with concern and love. I admire the way you have handled yourself and the situation. My love with you. In admiration. Fly

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10.03 | 14:07

Well, come back the TOG you old git. We will love you unconditionally there.

Seriously though, this is a good post. I am sorry for your pain mate.

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10.03 | 12:26

Spread your wings you dodo, you might be able to fly.

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