For Those Thinking About Self-Publishing

Although this isn’t new, I figured I’d post it. I wanted to do it earlier but there have been a lot of things going on.

However, it is interesting and it is another choice for authors.

New Service for Authors Seeking to Self-Publish E-BooksBy JULIE BOSMAN
Published: October 2, 2011
The Perseus Books Group has created a distribution and marketing service that will allow authors to self-publish their own e-books, the company said on Sunday.

The new service will give authors an alternative to other self-publishing services and a favorable revenue split that is unusual in the industry: 70 percent to the author and 30 percent to the distributor. Traditional publishers normally provide authors a royalty of about 25 percent for e-books…read more

First Self-Published Author Shout…Myths of Gods by Leigh M. Lane

Earlier this week I posted that I’d love to do a few blog posts about some of the wonderful self-published authors out there. One of the first responses came from an author I know, Lisa Lane. I read one of her books in print, which was part of a collection of romance novels for a special event. I fell in love with her writing style. She’s a pro, and a perfect example of the kind of talent who is self-publishing nowadays. And she was nice enough to send me the information below about her self-publishing experience.

I am in awe of these authors who have taken control of their careers and who have worked so hard to produce quality books.

Thank you, Ryan, for allowing me to guest blog about my recently self-published release, Myths of Gods. Some readers might have read my erotic writings published through Ravenous Romance, but this book is neither erotic nor romantic. In order to distinguish Myths of Gods from my erotic romance books (and not at all to confuse readers, I assure you), I published this book under the pseudonym Leigh M. Lane.

My Self-Publishing Adventure: MYTHS OF GODS

I remember the moment I decided I was going to self-publish Myths of Gods. The decision was liberating, as much of a gamble as I knew it was going to be. The main deciding factors were:

· Myths of Gods tackles religion and political corruption head-on, which is timely, but also makes the book anything but a mainstream sell;

· Although technically a work of dark science fiction/fantasy, it is a literary work, and dark, literary science fantasy is not going to be on any agent’s list—especially when it’s also a religious allegory and biting political satire; and

· Because of the many literary details in the book and the care I took to ensure that no scene, no line, no word was without purpose, I wanted full editorial control. I have no problem working with editors on my books—just not on this one.

In lieu of high-paid editors, I was lucky enough to have the help of my younger sister, who is a published author and has her Master of Arts in English, and my husband, a published academic writer who is working on his second Master of Arts agree, to spend whatever time it took to get the book ready for publication. Between the three of us, we went over the “final draft” at least a dozen times, over a period of several months (I had already redrafted it numerous times over the previous six years). Toward the end, we had “editing parties,” in which the three of us read the manuscript together over the television screen, carefully sifting through every line for editorial issues.

In addition, a small handful of friends were willing to beta-read as a favor, and they offered valuable feedback that helped me to sharpen and tighten the story. My husband typeset the interior for the paperback and I typeset and formatted the Kindle/ePub copy. I’m also an artist, so I was able to design my own cover. I’ve heard that professional services are popping up all over the place, which I think is great. Self-published books should not look . . . well, self-published. With Myths of Gods, I just got lucky that enough talented friends and family were as enthusiastic as I was about seeing it get published.

About Myths of Gods:

Myths of Gods is a story about good, faithful people and the leaders who would use their collective faith to their own selfish and destructive ends.

In a time and place before the world as we know it, an infant god comes to the people in the form of three boys and two girls. Follow their baby steps through an exploration of human nature, eternity, and sacrifice, taking critical look at religion, dogma, and social/political hierarchy.

You can check it out and buy it here on Amazon. in digital format. Or you can find it here on Amazon in paperback.

Please check out my web site, here.

Thanks for letting me stop by!

Lisa “Leigh M.” Lane

Dinner With an Agent Last Night…

I had dinner with an agent last night. But not my agent. Someone who has been my good friend for many years. We’ve been through times of crisis and many great times. We’ve shared our birthdays and the birthdays of other good friends. He has a weekend place out here in Buck County and his office and apartment are in New York.

But, like I said, he’s not my agent. We decided years ago that if we were going to be friends we would separate business from friendship. I have gone to him for advice from time to time, and I’ve become a fan of his clients books. But we keep it simple and rarely discuss publishing at social events.

However, last night he told an interesting story. Evidently, an author sent one of his associates a copy of her new self-published cookbook and his entire office went wild. When he saw the book, he loved it so much he brought it out here this weekend to show friends how in-depth it was and how detailed all the recipes were. And he made no bones about mentioning the fact that it was self-pubbed, he’s going to offer representation to this author, and shop it to publishers.

I thought this was interesting. I read many publishing blogs that focus on queries and what to do when querying. I’ve seen authors slave over writing query letters, to the point of making themselves sick with worry. I’ve read blog posts written by agents, anonymous assistants, and even anonymous interns who’ve built a large following offering potential authors advice about how to write a query letter. One anonymous intern once actually offered her query services for hire. But I’ve never once read a story about a self-pubbed author sending a book to an agent and getting representation. If anything, I’ve always read this is absolutely taboo.

So I thought I’d share this post with other authors today. It’s not urban legend. It happened last night during a dinner party and I was there and saw it with my own eyes. I have no reason to lie; I’m not self-pubbed and I’ve never contacted an agent with anything other than a query letter. But I thought it was interesting for other authors to read, so they can grasp the concept that what they read on blogs and see in comment threads is simply the tip of what constitutes the publishing industry, how books are acquired, and how agents differ from one another.

If this self-pubbed author hadn’t sent out copies of her self-pubbed cook book, my friend would not have paid attention to her query. But even more than that, I can’t help but wonder how many of the grand Internet blogging agents who seem to enjoy this query business so much have already rejected her because she didn’t follow normal protocol and stick with just the query. I’m sure there are plenty, too. And while they are laughing at her for sending a self-pubbed book instead of a query letter, my friend will undoubtedly be laughing all the way to the bank after he sells this book.