When choosing a Publisher, please do your diligence before placing your work in their hands. There are many publishers that talk a good game, but do not follow through with action. You worked hard, and you want them to work just as hard for you.
Far too often, I see really good writers have someone approach them online and say they want to publish them, or have them join a collaborative publishing project and they get so excited, they just say “Yes, I would be honored.” The writer never even gave a second thought about the opportunity, they just typed the word “Yes”, as fast as they were asked, never once considering any or all of the details.
Many of these writers end up in a situation that straight up stinks… but they didn’t know it until all the details were revealed, or after they had money taken from them, or after they received a sub-par publishing with their name attached to it. All of which could have been avoided by saying “Thank you for the offer, I will get back to you shortly” and taking the time to research both the offer and the person behind the offer.
As a general rule of thumb, always purchase one of their already published works so that you can personally and visually see what their work looks like first hand. Secondly, talk to several of the authors published with them. Ask them how their experience with their publisher has been and for general publishing advice.
Definitely Do Your Research . . .
- Watch how they do business.
- Find out your rights if you publish with them
- Purchase one of their books
- Connect with some of their authors
- Watch how they interact on Social Media
- “Google” them and see what comes up
- Utilize Amazon “Look Inside”
- Don’t be afraid to ASK QUESTIONS!
I have seen and experienced some really shady deals in the publishing arena…. it is what drove me to assist writers and create a publishing community that supports one another and is in no way about vanity or greed, but a poetic movement.
Don’t settle for any less than you and your work deserves!
© Raja Williams
About the Author
Ms. Raja Williams, also known as Raja’s Insight, fiercely arrived on the writer’s scene in 2012 after being awakened by a prolific poet, lyricist, songwriter, and music producer whom encouraged her to write daily. After nearly twenty years of pent up words only floating in her own head she began to allow the words to spill out onto empty pages and find way to readers needing encouraging words. Raja entered one of her poems into a poetry contest in 2013 and won a full publishing contract and released her first book “The Journey Along The Way” in January of 2014 with Inner Child Press.
Through the publishing process and having connected with so many amazing writers and poets from around the world Raja was moved to create a community for writers known as
“Creative Talents Unleashed”
Having spent her entire working career in teaching and mentoring positions Raja found herself mentoring writers and walking them through the entire publishing process. Soon Creative Talents Unleashed moved from a writer’s community to a publishing group. Within the publishing group Raja founded a program called the “Starving Artist Fund” to assist writers in having the necessary tools to become published authors at little to no financial cost.
Raja is living her life’s purpose, and enjoys assisting writers from all around the world give birth and share their creative talents with the world through publishing.
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