Continents are shifting in the publishing world. We are offering authors an affordable and professional alternative to traditional publishing and self-publishing: Boutique online micro publishing.
Up until about a decade ago, the publishing industry was completely focused on printing and selling books. It was much cheaper per book to print a few thousand copies at once than just one book at a time, but if the book wasn't financially successful, bookstores wouldn't stock it and a publisher could end up with large inventory of unsold stock. Publishers were less willing to take a chance on a new author if the book was anything short of fantastic or showed real financial promise.
Likewise, book store owners want to stock books they know they can sell and are understandably hesitant to stock books by new authors. If customers don't buy the books on the shelves, the stores send the books back to the publisher and authors don't get their royalty. Successful authors often did book signings to boost sales and publicity.
The Internet has changed the game, along with e-reader tablet devices like the Kindle Fire, NOOK and iPad. New authors can get their work listed alongside bestsellers in online bookstores, and customers can buy, download and start reading virtually any book in the world in a matter of minutes. With the right amount of computer and business savvy and an unlimited patience for mind-numbing formatting, unknown authors can add their own masterpieces to the massive, churning sea of e-books for sale, and for very little money.
New advances in print-on-demand technology allow for the affordable printing of a single copy whenever a customer orders a title online or in a real bookstore. This system is ideal for new authors or authors of genre books with a narrow audience.
If you’re a do-it-yourselfer with moderate computer skills and you don't think you need help with your novel, we suggest you do some research on Amazon.com and their printing affiliate CreateSpace.com. We work with both of these companies to deliver quality products. You can cut out the middle man and work directly with them for a little higher share of the profits, but there are some things you should know about self-publishing with them.
Once you format your book to meet their specifications, Amazon will take 30 percent of every sale, give your book a proprietary identifier at no cost and add your title to their vast collection of Kindle books and other products. Now you can sit back and watch the money roll in, right?
A snappy cover and lots of positive reader reviews will help your book climb the rankings amid the fierce competition for sales, but don't expect to get help with editing, proof-reading, cover design, promotions or marketing. Amazon is an online retail supercenter, not a book publisher. CreateSpace offers to help authors with the editing, proof-reading, cover design and promotional materials, for a substantial fee. They are a printer and publishing services company and can act as a publisher in some instances. Once you have formatted your book to meet their printing specifications and are satisfied with the finished product, your book becomes available in print on demand. CreateSpace's printing cost per book is quite competitive compared to many other vanity presses that only offer real discounts with large orders.
Getting your self-published book listed in other physical and online bookstores can be challenging, as most require an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and have their own special formatting requirements. Bowker Identifier Services provides single and bulk ISBNs in the U.S., but they are not cheap. These other bookstores also won't help with editing, design or any of the myriad of little problems that come up when transferring coded files to new formats. Most online bookstores seem to prefer to deal with publishers rather than new, undiscovered authors.
Morgan Online Media was founded by John Morgan in April 2011 to help new authors get their work published at no cost and avoid the headaches of self-publishing. We love doing this and are looking for more books to publish.
In exchange for the copyright permission to sell your work, we will proofread and edit your work, design a snappy book cover and promotional website, provide a unique ISBN identifier, and act as an intermediary with third party retailers to make your title available for sale in several major online bookstores in more than 50 countries. We will help you market and promote your work and increase your sales. We will do the dirty formatting and coding work and gently prod authors to avoid delays and make deadlines. We pay authors a royalty of $1.00 per sale for the first 50 sales, then $2.00 per sale thereafter.
But that's not the only option: We can pay you, or you can pay us.
We can also provide these and other design services for a flat rate of $50 an hour, if you prefer to keep the copyright to your work. Some restrictions may apply. Check out our Marketing Services page for more information or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to promoting our titles on this website, we also offer our titles for sale through several third-party online bookstores including Amazon, Barnes&Noble, iTunes and Google Play. Popular titles may be eligible to become a paperback or hardcover book through print-on-demand services, in which case we will provide a barcode and additional ISBNs. By being a boutique micro publisher, Morgan Online Media is able to publish new titles by undiscovered authors at a fraction of the expense and financial risk of traditional publishers.
Our authors are charged nothing to get published and receive a generous royalty check whenever someone purchases their e-book online. We do all the technical stuff so authors can focus on writing.
We want the books and e-books published by Morgan Online Media to become addictive to a wide range of audiences. We want people to get hooked on reading. We want writers and poets and dreamers to unleash their imaginations and share their wild and crazy stories with the world. If it’s a good story, we’ll edit and publish it for free. If it’s a great story, it could be one of the few books a year that becomes a best-seller and an Internet sensation. By making our e-books available in major bookstores and marketing them on popular search engines and social networks, the potential audience for each work is hugely amplified.
To be considered for publication, send a formal proposal of your finished manuscript to Morgan Online Media at email@example.com or snail mail your proposal to Morgan Online Media, P.O. Box 550, Toledo, WA 98591, U.S.A.
Our editorial team will review submissions and notify the authors of our interest to publish. Once we agree to a publishing contract, our editors will help the author fine-tune their cover, story structure, grammar and punctuation. In some cases, we may ask the author to “take another crack at” their work prior to acceptance, rather than use a heavy editing hand and risk changing the author’s voice.
For more questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
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