Why Amazon has to win this Race!

Amazon is in the race of its life with ebooks.  It has to win.  Why?  Well, if you self publish and want to keep the big publishing companies on their toes, Amazon has to win.  Right now Oyster is trying to push harder into ebook sales only those ebooks are only from the Big publishing companies.  No self published.  No little publishing company.  Period.  It’s like Walmart wants to open for business in a small town where there are three home town stores.  Guess who wins that battle?  Most times Walmart which is why most small towns don’t want a Walmart these days.  Granted I can’t kick Oyster to the curb but I can promote Amazon and why it’s important to buy from them right now.

Or any other service which is for the little guy.  Oyster isn’t just going against the self published world, it’s going against any publishing company which isn’t the big five.  Please spread the word, Amazon and every other ebook service needs to win!  Or we all lose.

To read more on this story, click here.  Yahoo wrote and covered the story.

Doesn’t want to promote companies but feels this is one time we need to

Terra Ann Spencer

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IPA Annual Report

IPA stands for International Publishers Association.  They have a report out every year.  I’ll try to do a link to the PDF file but if you can’t access it, google IPA annual report.  PDF file.

Now why read it?

Well, first it contains some interesting information about publishers.  There is one article by Jens Bammel not liking the value of Amazon.  It goes on to quickly cover the idea Amazon is not caring enough about books so the customer isn’t getting enough value for the money.  I openly disagree with this.  I believe customers are bright people who over time will weed through the authors not worthy of their money by Goodreads and other sites.  I have enough fair in the customers to not worry about the huge amount of self published authors.

Second, it really gives you a sense the publishing companies are starting to get scared by the recent and upcoming changes to their once powerful hold on the book market.  Now it’s the authors along with the customers deciding who gets the big bucks and who gets left in the dust.  Publishing companies use to and still do not publish most of the books which land on their door step. Now with Amazon authors don’t have to be controlled or pushed aside for a publishing companies agendas.  This means more freedom of speech and less control at a company level.

It leaves me thinking if this isn’t already in place someone needs to start the ISPA.  International Self Publishers Association.  This would help to defend self publishers rights to publish and promote self publishers around the world.

If anyone has heard of anything like this, please let me know.

Supporting the ISPA in her head for now

Terra Ann Spencer

Larger Post about Baker & Taylor

Was looking around and found a Forbes article about a self published female who was very successful.  She listed as using Baker & Taylor for her print side of her  Estate Planning book.

Of course what did I do?

I went to Baker & Taylor to check it out.  First I had to register and that of course already started to bum me out.  Next I realized unless I planned to be a company including a SAN number, I wasn’t going to be able to register.  Off to the About Us section I went with a low hung head to boot.

I went from one page to another and felt lost so I went back to the original article.  Maybe I missed something or maybe she did go through a publishing company after all.

After looking it over, I found Workman Publishing is listed in passing and one of the people she worked with was from there.  I went over to their site and yes, the do take submissions without agents and have tons of self-help books.  I still wasn’t sure if she used this company or not as I lost interest in trying to find out.

What did I learn?  I learned read the article better, Baker & Taylor are great if you are with a publishing company (huge site) and this all still leaves the self published author very much alone in a vast huge world of publishing.

disappointed yet again

Terra Ann Spencer

Something cool and something not

First the cool thing.  Worlds without end.  If you are writing science fiction, this site is a must browse even for a minor second.  It lists out publishing companies of sci-fi and how many authors and novels they have with them.  Granted I’m not sure how up to date it is as the copyright was 2014 on the page.  I still like the fact it gives you something different to look at and compare companies on a different level.  There is more to the site but I’ll let you discover the good and bad the rest of it might offer you on your own.

Now to the bad which can be referred to as Vanity Publishing companies.  I found another one and this one is done through a major publishing company.  These sites I will not link here but let’s go over what it is and why they are go bad.  A Vanity Publishing company makes you pay up front for different packages, which include cover art, print books and more.  At first they seem like it could be a good deal until you realize a few key issues.  The lower price which can range around $1500 to $2000 doesn’t offer enough to offset the huge up front money.  Cover Art and professional editing can range under $1500 if you know where to look and how to be a smart shopper in the business.  These companies say they offer marketing but you will find most times you have to do the marketing yourself and with more money.  Save the cash, find an artist, an editor and self publish with Smashwords or Amazon.  Both of those by the way do not make you pay up front at all.  As a new author, you are going to find paying out your nose for a package deal is horrible when you can’t make the money back on your novel.

Wishes more self published authors or upcoming ones like her would speak out against the Vanity Publishing

Terra Ann Spencer

Endeavour Press

Endeavour Press is a UK publishing company which does only ebooks.  It deals in fiction such as historical, romance and crime.  They are taking submissions so if interested in going a less than traditional method of publishing but still wanting a publishing company this might work for you.

I do like they added on one page about not being a vanity press and they DO NOT make an author pay anything for being published.  Good for them.

Wishing this company had been more into her genre

Terra Ann Spencer