Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The check is in the mail

For those of you who've been waiting FOREVER for Jamie Smith's new books, take heart! I just mailed the check to the printer today, and will be sending them the files tonight. We have a tentative release date of April Fool's Day, but that's not firm yet; we'll need to see what the printer's schedule is. These two books took me a lot longer than I anticipated; I can't wait for the release party!


S. Pam MaGee said...

Check out this "Reader Free" site, all Alaskan stuff. Goto: http://www.storylineonline.com

Deirdre Helfferich said...

I've seen this done before; it's not true that one needs an agent or a publicist to get a publishing house to look at your work. It IS true that you need one to get a big publishing house to even think about considering looking at your stuff. Plus a recommendation from an author they already have.

Small, independent publishers, on the other hand, frequently like new and unheard authors. The advantage of using a publisher, of course, is that the publisher acts as coordinator, marketer, bank, editor, designer, accountant, etc. The second, third, twenty-seventh pair of eyes on an author's book helps improve aspects of the craft for the author, either by pointing out and/or fixing flaws and augmenting strengths: storyline, pacing, plotting, character development, fact-checking. Some authors are illustrators and designers, but not most of them. The publisher helps find or provides these services, working to create a finished product that is usually much improved over the self-published work.

It's true that the big guys can do a much better job of marketing than the little guys, simply because of budget constraints. But the same is true of an author--you've got one person doing it on their own instead of one person and their publisher, though, so I don't see how it's an improvement to not have the help in marketing.

And I personally am a fan of the physical book. Good design and the actual holding of a real book in my hand as I read make a good manuscript into a really good or great book. I don't like reading online for very long.

Anyway, thanks for providing the link. I'll look through your site some more.