Our prompt is to share with you something we have to offer. Hmm. I had to think about this for a while. Then, I realized that I haven’t finished telling you the story about my experience in publishing my first book.
I shared about how I needed to hurry to publish my book in my post, 10 years. What I didn’t tell you is how I ended up with my new publisher, Prevail Press.
My first publisher made my book available, but I had no help in the marketing aspect of the book, other than ideas on how to tell others about it. It was discouraging to say the least. All that work yet no one could find it. I ended up giving away lots of copies with the hopes they would tell others which would lead to more sales.
Mind you, I never wrote this book with making money in mind. I just wanted to recap how much money we spent on the initial print, which was significant. And I wasn’t anywhere close!
I have been a part of a Writer’s Group for nearly 20 years. It was my involvement and growth in this group that led me to the next step in my publishing journey.
Rob Swanson, who leads our writer’s group got the idea to begin a publishing company that doesn’t work anything like a typical vanity press or self-publishing company.
First of all, he is selective on the quality of writers accepted to publish through Prevail Press. He does this to protect the reputation of his company. Good books draw good customers. And a relationship of trust grows.
Secondly, by switching to Prevail Press I didn’t have to buy hundreds of copies of my book. My book was now available in a print on demand format as well as an ebook, so the overhead cost was minimal. An added benefit when you don’t have a lot of money to invest in the first place.
Thirdly, I make more royalties per book than I did previously. There really are so many more benefits with this method than my previous publishing experience.
Finally, Prevail Press is a micro-publishing company and is in my opinion the BEST OPTION for up and coming authors, unless you are able to secure an agent and go the traditional publishing route. Not all authors who make a submission to Prevail Press are selected, but you can begin the process by reading the Submission Guidelines.
We now have two books available through Prevail Press–Through The Eyes Of Grace, an historical fiction, and Cherishing Us – a book by my husband and me offering 365 healthy marriage tips to help your relationship grow.
In case you don’t know, Tom and I have had a marriage blog, The Romantic Vineyard, for the last 14 years. It has been our passion to help marriages grow strong to last a lifetime. We hope you’ll stop by and visit there when you have the time. We offer date night ideas, date night questions, and lots of resources to help you succeed at loving your spouse well.
I also encourage you to check out the other authors published through PP. There are some outstanding books you might really enjoy. Check out the offerings here.
This is my 15th post in The Ultimate Blog Challenge to post everyday in November.
Congratulations on your book! I hope you can sell many. – Danwil R.
Thank you, Danwil. Like I said it’s more about getting the story out there than it is for the money in my pocket. But hey, I’ll take it!
Way to benefit from your book club network.
That’s the thing about writing a book. It’s like pregnancy. You put so much effort and attention into prenatal checks, a healthy diet, charting your weight gain etc. and after finally giving birth you’re like “now what?” At least that’s what happened with me.
So congrats on not only delivering but *raising* your book babies!
Heading over to your marriage blog now.
Yes! Remember the transition part of giving birth? That’s when you have to push really hard to bring forth life. That’s exactly how publishing felt for me, except I was pregnant 12 years! yikes!!! That’s where the analogy breaks down. haha
Very cool. I am finishing up my first novel this winter that I am going to self-publish so I am always interested in learning about other people’s experiences with writing and publishing.
I hope my information helps you see the options available to you. The Prevail Press website does a great job of describing all the platforms. It’s under the About Us tab at the top. Good luck on your journey.
Interesting choice. Glad it works for you.