Publishers, Literary Agents and Scammers… Oh My!
With self publishing, traditional publishers, vanity presses, hybrid publishers and literary agents to consider, choosing which way to go has become confusing for every author. In the interest of keeping it simple for YOU (presumably the author) here’s the most notable differences particular to the children’s picture book industry (along with some myth correction):
Traditional Publishers: These are the “big guys” who will basically generate a contract to pay you a percentage of profits made from your manuscript without you investing into the illustration, formatting or printing from your own pocket.
Vanity Presses: In my book these guys are “the big bad wolf” who basically take a lot of money from you and then leave you to fend for yourself when it comes to marketing and selling your book. They’ll publish for just about anyone who has money to spend. Their marketing will make you believe that they care about you and your book but really they only care to line their pockets.
Independent Publishers: Also known as “small press” are publishers that are independent from the influence of investors, share holders or partners and typically have a significantly lower volume of sales/income annually. They often specialize in a genre or niche.
Literary Agent: This is a person or agency that gets paid a commission to “sell” your manuscript to the publishers. They basically do some of the submission and follow up legwork to try to get your published in exchange for a sales commission.
And then there is Farm Dog Design & Publishing: We’re a further evolved creature in the publishing marketplace. We’ll explain below…
We’re the combination of:
- Niche or specialty publishing power of the Independent Publisher
- One on One Author Support of the Literary Agent
- Marketing of a Gorilla Marketing Agency
- Book illustration and design of Award Winning Professionals
- Merchandising program to up sell your title at the retail level
- Distribution to our network of existing and growing base of resellers
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