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Am I a Publisher?

Well, it seems I am.

Having tried for an age to get regular literary agents and publishers to give me the time of day (admittedly many did reply, but all negative, and not one wanted to review my work) I decided to go it alone. After much thought, and not having any cash to speak of, I decided that Lulu would be my best bet. So, I’ve posted a free eBook called The Cookie Tin there for download, and applied for an ISBN for my novel, PRISM – Exiles. The cost to me (so far) is around £80 STG. Of course, the biggest expense will come when marketing.

Anyway, I now have a Lulu storefront, http://www.lulu.com/nigeledwards. You can download the free eBook there, and next month, with luck, PRISM – Exiles will be ready to buy, in both eBook and paperback format.

I’m going to publish under the banner of Let’s Get Published (http://www.letsgetpoublished.com) If this venture has any success, I may offer the banner to other members of Let’s Get Published. It would be beneficial to many, since our books could contain a page of references, something like: “Titles also available through Let’s Get Published are: blah, and blah, and blah.” That way, every book purchased also advertises other books, thus promoting authors in a cheap and easy way.

I’ll let you know how it’s all going.

April 21, 2008 Posted by | author, book, books, fantasy, fiction, Literature, novel, publish, science fiction, Words, write | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Am I a Literary Agent?

A colleague asked me a question the other day.

“Are you a literary agent?”

“No,” I answered.

Later on I thought: or am I?

My initial conception of a literary agent was someone who sits in an office (whether at home or somewhere else) and receives submissions from prospective authors, then wields the hand of God in determining who is suitable for promoting to the publishers, and then receives a nice commission for their efforts. I think that is still the case, or rather a case.

You see, when I reflected on what LGP does, it dawned on me that I actually am a literary agent, though not one in the traditional mould. I receive submissions from authors, yes, but instead of picking some to focus on, I promote them allequally. I write or email literary agents and publishers directly, inviting them to review the authors who display on our website. That’s one difference. I don’t charge any fee for this (though any voluntary contributions would be very gratefully received!). That’s another difference. I don’t dictate what any author should write or the style it should be written in. There’s a third. But despite those differences, I really do seem to be acting as an agent, in a very general sense.

Then I thought, could I act as a publisher? It seems a natural progression, after all. The answer was ‘yes’. With the technical expertise of my good friend Yann, LGP will shortly have the ability to publish e-books online. So, if any of the authors who currently use LGP (and any authors who currently don’t!) want to try this route then LGP intends to offer them the opportunity. The way I look at it is, every author really wants to be published and sold through a bookshop, but there are a very limited number of vacancies. To get into a bookshop you need to be ‘discovered’ (or pay for the privilege). The secret to getting discovered is to be visible, and publicizing yourself by selling some of your work in e-book format is a pretty neat way of achieving this. There are a number of authors now resident on the bookshelves of the world who have helped themselves to success by publishing electronically, and getting their names known by that method. If they can do it, why shouldn’t anyone else?

So, for those of you who are thinking about the e-book option, watch out on the LGPwebsite in the New Year. There’ll be a new look, a new feel, and a number of enhancements, including the option for genuine publication via e-books. I hope to see you all there.

In the meantime,

Keep Writing!

September 25, 2007 Posted by | author, books, ebooks, publish, Publishing | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment