My timing for setting up a new publishing company could have been a bit better. By Christmas I had stayed a couple of months longer than I had originally intended in Whitehorse, and the weather really was getting colder than I like. When it dropped below -20 deg C I had had enough, and with a wedding invite in New Zealand in February it was time to hit the road and warm up a bit.
So as I have travelled I have written an occasional blog about the new publishing venture. I have also been at work on the new website, and it is almost ready. There are a few issues with it that need resolving, the main one being the contact page, which isn’t currently working – not sure why. If you have any questions, for now, please feel free to use the “Contact” page on the IanUsher.com website.
At the moment I am travelling down the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand in a small camper van I bought last week. Internet access is somewhat limited, and the library I am in at the moment won’t allow me to connect via FTP to change any of the web pages! Slightly frustrating.
Anyway, as I suggested in a previous blog post, I am changing the direction of the blog a little. I intend to do a lot less blogging about my travels from now on, and plan simply to enjoy the journey, without the self-imposed requirement to take suitable photos, and to write about it all.
The blog will now be much more about books, writing, printing, and publishing. You can follow my progress as a fledgling publisher, and hopefully I will have the pleasure of dealing with a few of you if you wish to see any of your own work in print.
Dog Eared Publications can offer the budding writer some significant advantages, I believe, over both traditional and self-publishing:-
The traditional publishing route can take a long time, with typical timelines being up to two years to see your book in print – that’s if you are one of the lucky few to be offered a publishing deal.
Self-publishing is now a viable option, but the learning curve can be very steep, and offers many challenges. This can take quite some time to figure out, and any mistakes can set you back by several weeks.
With Dog Eared Publications, you will have the first copy of your book in your hands in a matter of weeks, and see it on sale online a few days later.
As with self-publishing, profit per book will be significantly higher than traditional publishing, perhaps around five to six dollars per copy sold, rather than about a dollar or so. This will obviously vary from book to book, and on your retail price, which you choose yourself.
Your book will be listed on Amazon, and with hundreds of other online retailers, but instead of being tied to Amazon’s higher retail charges, you will only pay 20% of the retail price of your book on all sales, wherever they are generated.
All the hard work of preparing your book for print is taken care of by us, and your book will be a professional product that you will be proud to show off.
But our biggest advantage to you is that WE WILL PUBLISH (almost) ANYTHING. That’s right. We will publish any type of book – fiction, non-fiction – if you tell us that it is ready for print.
We charge a small fee for preparing your book for print, but in terms of the learning curve you would have to climb, and the weeks, or months, that it would take to learn what you would need to know, the fee is very reasonable.
How does this work? Well, we don’t do any form of assessment of the merit or sale-ability of your book. That is entirely up to you. We suggest that you employ the services of proof readers, copy editors, and designers, as you see fit. But when you tell us your book is ready to print, we’ll publish it. Simple!
How much does it cost? Well, take a look at the DogEaredPublications.com website for details on what we offer, what is included in the price, etc. The “Pricing” page can be accessed from the menu on the left of any of the pages on the site.
I look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions, or have anything you wish to see in print.