So I often receive emails from various people. Some of the mails are just to say congrats, ask where they can get my books, and so on. But a lot of the emails are usually asking about blogging or self-publishing, and I have decided to start a series here and share some of these information. While removing any personal identifiers, I believe that some of the questions and answers will be of use to a wider audience than just the person asking.
To start off, I’ll be answering a questions on Authorhouse. Read on and I’ll answer any follow-on questions if you leave them in the comments. This email is an early one I received in 2010 and I have since had some follow on experiences with Authorhouse which I’ll be sharing in coming posts.
Hi Myne, (I like this name)
My sis recommended your book, i am yet to read the book but i just wanted to congratulate you on actually finishing and publishing the books. I write childrens’ books as well, i have been writing them for about two years now and i am still unpublished; due to the fact that i just don’t “get” self publishing; don’t laugh :-) I see you have published through Lulu and Authorhouse; may i please pick your brain on which of these two is the better option for a first time publisher? I have approached Authorhouse and they are willing to publish my books even before reading it you see, that is part of why i don’t get it. I am confident that (by the Grace Of God) my books will sell, i just thought that they should at least read them first. Am i being old fashioned? Do tell me what you think please, i most definitly will appreciate your advise a great deal. Thanks for your time. See, just like you, i don’t know how to talk small, please pardon the long letter ;-) Regards,
Thank you for visiting my website and for your email.
Self publishing is really hard work and I’m not even talking of recouping my investment yet. I used Authorhouse because they’re more experienced and with wider reach. So they’re responsible for making the book available to online retailers, mine is to promote and keep it out there. I’m trying my best but it’s easier that I don’t have a full time job.
To your main question. You are the one who pays to publish your books with Authorhouse and that is why they are not bothered to read your manuscript before accepting to go ahead. They do publish children’s books but they will not pay you, you only make money when you sell the books. When you are ready, you send them the electronic copy, that is what they work with. And it has to be the complete manuscript.
I hope that helps and all the best in your writing efforts. Let mem know if you have any more questions.