I had a Book Signing at Barnes and Noble on November 11, 2017, and will have another tomorrow December 16, 2017, in Silverdale, WA. So far, good response! As Kitsap Publishing is affiliated with Ingram-Sparks, B&N gets books through that major distributor. So, I keep Plugging along, as I do with the KLAW/Kitsap Literary Artists and Writers Public Access television interview show.
Now, the Rants. First, after signing a contract with a Publisher called SOUL MATE PUBLISHING, because they had a “falling out” with the Editor they had been employing and who had been dealing with my book, they had a case of Amnesia and forgot they had signed with me. When I called them on it, “Debby” the Manager/Owner went so far as claiming I was trying to “extort them” by demanding they publish based on the contract THEY SENT ME. They are in New York, so a lawsuit is probably not realistic. So, instead, I have posted on Facebook the whole story and will also do it on Angie’s List.
A few days ago, I tried the same manuscript with another small Publisher. After a very positive response, the young man on E-mail began to cool when I said I did not need to contract with them for another Web Page. So, my impression they are not a real publisher in the sense of wanting to put books in print, but rather want to sell internet marketing services. This despite the fact their webpage says they want no money up front, etc. I guess when I told him everything I was doing to push my books, he decided I was too experienced for him. He told me book signings were a waste of time. I guess all those people like Hillary Clinton and Best Selling Authors are wasting their time.
Bottom line is that a lot of people who claim they are book publishers are either not really trying to sell books or are disorganized business models who like the title of Publisher. We Writers are the Great Unwashed to be used and tossed away as our writting is NOT real work.
In today’s writing environment, I think all these so-called Publishers forget we can now all Self Publish. It takes more effort, but we can do it. Just as Hollywood is losing its monopolistic clout to HULU, NETFLIX, Indie Films et al, the big Publishing Houses are losing theirs. So to all you Authors and Writers, do it YOU way! Form your own little group to publish, help each other. Never Give Up, Never Surrender.
See you all in the Funny Papers.