Which to Choose: Big Name Traditional Publishing or Self-Publishing?


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“Which to Choose: Big Name Traditional Publishing or Self-Publishing?” by Joan Y. Edwards

Know your options. Study the resources. Ask questions of others in your field. Read the copyright pages of your favorite books to find out who published them.

I can’t tell you which choice is best for you. I wrote, illustrated and self-published Flip Flap Floodle. Instead of a big named publisher, I was lucky enough to have a small reputable publishing company – 4RV Publishing – publish  Joan’s Elder Care Guide. You may find one, too.

Most of the big named publishers stipulate that you must have an agent to submit your work. Some of the big publishers and other not as big, but still dependable and reputable publishers are out there, too. Again, you have to do your research. Choose one that’s right for you and you’re right for them. In the resources, I put a list of publishers and agents who accept unsolicited manuscripts.

Though I can’t tell you which is best for you, I did research to see what other professionals advise. No matter which method you choose, go through the steps outlined in Pub Sub for Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3. However,  if you’re self-publishing you’d be choosing a company to self-publish rather than selecting a big name publisher. Study three different self-publishing companies to decide which one is the best for this particular book.

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Everyone is welcome to an opinon, right? Since that’s true, here are my opinions.

Joan’s Top Reasons for Getting a Big Named Traditional Publisher:

  1. They have many customers who are familiar with them and large marketing budgets.
  2. They can afford to pay the book returns for bookstores.
  3. They have access (money) to great cover and inside illustrators.
  4. They have access (money) to pay for good editors.
  5. It may be easier for them to get a book reviewed.

Reasons for Self-Publishing

  1. You’ve tried for at least 5-10 years to get something published without success or you don’t want to wait 3-5 years to get your book launched.
  2. You’ve had your complete book, pitch, query letter, and trailer critiqued and edited by a professional.
  3. You’ve investigated cost, what you get for your money, marketing with different venues for self-publishing. (Read Resource Number #2 and #16)
  4. You have a book launch team – group of at least 25-100 people online and in person who will review your book and help you launch and market it –  to help you spread the word.

But don’t just take my word for it, read at least five of the following articles and five others on your own search.

  1. Brenda Rollins. “The POD Quandary: How to Decide if Print-on-Demand Publishing is Right for You:” http://www.writing-world.com/publish/POD.shtml
  2. First Time Publishers. “Top 10 Self-Publishing Companies.” http://www.firsttimepublishers.com/
  3. Helen Sedwick “Seven Questions to Ask before Choosing a Self-Publishing Company https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2014/06/7-questions-to-ask-before-choosing-a-self-publishing-company/
  4. Joan Y. Edwards. “22 Literary Agents Who Are Looking for You: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/22-literary-agents-who-are-looking-for-you/
  5. Joan Y. Edwards. “40 Publishers Who Accepted Unsolicited Manuscripts:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/40-publishers-who-accept-unsolicited-manuscripts/
  6. Moira Allen. “Subsidy Publishing vs. Self-Publishing: What’s the Difference?” http://www.writing-world.com/publish/subsidy.shtml
  7. Moira Allen. “To POD or Not to POD: Some Pros and Cons:” http://www.writing-world.com/publish/PODstats.shtml
  8. Moira Allen. “The Price of Vanity:” http://www.writing-world.com/publish/vanity.shtml
  9. NY Book Editors.”Traditional or Self-Publish: What’s Best for You?” https://nybookeditors.com/2015/11/traditional-or-self-publish-whats-best-for-you/
  10. Page Two Strategies. “Twelve Questions to Ask Before Working with a Publishing Services Company:” http://www.pagetwostrategies.com/twelve-questions-to-ask-before-working-with-a-publishing-services-company/
  11. POD Publioshing. “Ten Questions You Should Ask Your Publisher:” http://www.podpublishing.org/TenQuestions.pdf
  12. Ray Robinson. “Choosing a Self-Publishing Company:” http://www.writing-world.com/publish/dogear.shtml
  13. Sarra Cannon. “Frequently Asked Questions about Self-Publishing: ” http://sarracannon.com/indie-writer-resources/self-pub-guides/frequently-asked-questions-about-self-publishing/
  14. Stephanie Chandleer. “Eight Questions to Ask When Choosing a Custom Publishing Service to Help You Self-Publish Your Books:” http://authoritypublishing.com/book-publishing/8-questions-to-ask-when-choosing-a-custom-publishing-service-to-help-you-self-publish-your-book/
  15. Sue Fagalde Lick. “Ten Questions to Ask Before You Sign that Print-on-Demand Contract:” http://www.writing-world.com/publish/lick.shtml
  16. Top Ten Reviews. “Best Online Book Publishing Companies:” http://www.toptenreviews.com/services/home/best-online-book-publishing-companies/

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Wonderful Surprise at Barnes and Noble Book Signing


 

Signing Berdetta Culver's copy of Joan's Elder Care Guide

Signing Berdetta Culver’s copy of Joan’s Elder Care Guide

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Oh my goodness! What a great book signing event we had on Saturday, February 25, 2017! Thanks to Barnes and Noble and The Charlotte Writers Club for providing the opportunity to take part in this Book Fair at the Arboretum store. It was over the top wonderful in every way! Thank you to the following people for coming by: Dy English, Lorrie York Hackett, Mollie York Chewning, Mark Chewning, Kylie Hackett, Luke Chewning, Wyatt Chewning, Janet Meyer-Jackman, Barbara Lunow, Dan Lunow, Janis Silverman, Richard Silverman, Jeff Dubrielle, and Patricia Duran.

First came, Dy English, an illustrator friend from The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Thank you, Dy.

Dy English and me

Dy English and me

Thank you to my daughters and their families, Lorrie Hackett, Mollie and Mark Chewning, Kylie Hackett, Luke and Wyatt Chewning for coming to my book signing. A few minutes after they came, I got a big surprise that brought tears of gladness to my eyes. My sister, Janet Meyer-Jackman flew down from Michigan to be there! So sweet! Everyone enjoyed keeping the secret!

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My Big Surprise – My sister, Janet Meyer-Jackman and me

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Kylie Hackett, Lorrie Hackett, Mollie Chewning, Janet Meyer-Jackman, and me.

Front left to right: Luke Chewning and Wyatt Chewning Second Row, Joan, Mollie Chewning, Lorrie Hackett, Kylie Hackett Third Row,Barbara Lunow, Patricia Duran Fourth Row: Richard Silverman, Janis Silverman, Dan Lunow, Mark Chewning, Janet Meyer-Jackman Front left to right: Luke Chewning and Wyatt Chewning
Second Row, Joan, Mollie Chewning, Lorrie Hackett, Kylie Hackett
Third Row,Barbara Lunow, Patricia Duran
Fourth Row: Richard Silverman, Janis Silverman, Dan Lunow, Mark Chewning, Janet Meyer-Jackman

Mark and Mollie Chewning, Lorrie Hackett

Mark and Mollie Chewning, Lorrie Hackett

Luke Chewning and Maw Maw Joan

Luke Chewning and Maw Maw Joan

Here’s the way it went. Lorrie, Kylie, Mark, and Wyatt were sitting on the long bench in front of the magazine section. Mollie and Luke were standing in front of the magazines. I asked them what they’d been doing today. Mollie said, “We’ve been shopping.”

“What were you shopping for?” I asked.

Mollie said, “Turn around and see!”

There stood my sister, Janet Meyer-Jackman! Oh my goodness! Tears ran down my cheeks.

Video of my sister, Janet surprising me at the book signing!

Thank you to Jeff Dubreuil for coming. I hadn’t seen him in about 20 years. He and his sister are caring for their Mother. I am praying for them.

Jeff Dubreuil and me

Jeff Dubreuil and me

Thank you, Janis Silverman and Richard Silverman for coming. Janis was the leader of the writing group that helped me get Flip Flap Floodle in shape for publication. She let me know that my frog illustration needed work. She couldn’t tell that the frog was a frog!

Janis and Richard Silverman with me

Janis and Richard Silverman with me

Thank you to Barbara Lunow and Dan Lunow for coming. Barbara was in the Savvy Wordsmiths critique group in Fort Mill that closed down last year. I miss seeing them once a month.

Barbara and Dan Lunow with me

Barbara and Dan Lunow with me

Patricia Duran, thank you for coming and for helping me pack up my books and things and carrying them to my car. Patricia and I are movie friends who make each other laugh.

Patricia Duran and me

Patricia Duran and me

I was wound up, high in the clouds, feeling great!

When it came time for my reading, I was excited.

I am so thankful to God. There was a crowd of about 15-18 people watching and listening. Most sat in a semi-circle. Others stood to my left. I am thankful to Liz G. Williams and Ione O’Hara, two of the other authors at the book fair who listened to my readings. That was so sweet.

I read first from Joan’s Elder Care Guide encouraging caregivers to ask questions and to keep asking them until they get the answer they need. I told that it is very important to leave a plan that includes what the elder can and cannot do because it helps the substitute caregiver do a good job.

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Afterwards, I read from Flip Flap Floodle. I planned to stop after Flip meets Mr. Bear, but I said, “One more page won’t hurt, right?”

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Ione O’Hara said, “Show us the fox. We know he’s in there.”

So I showed them Mr. Fox who didn’t like Flip’s song and swallowed him whole. Flip was inside the Fox’s belly still playing his song. Flip’s Mother bopped Mr. Fox with her pocketbook and sprinkled pepper on his nose. Mr. Fox sneezed. Out flew Flip Flap Floodle still playing his song on his flute. Flip Flap Floodle, Floodle Floodle. Click here to hear me sing Flip’s song.

Thank you very much to Whitney Schuner, the Community Business Development Manager
Barnes & Noble-Arboretum. She did an outstanding job of organizing the Book Fair at the Barnes and Noble – Arboretum. All of us authors appreciate you.

Whitney Schuner, Community Business Development Manager Barnes & Noble-Arboretum

Whitney Schuner, Community Business Development Manager
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I sold 6 copies of Flip Flap Floodle and 5 copies of Joan’s Elder Care Guide. Thank you to all of you who came and a special thanks for purchasing my books and those by other authors! The event was such a success that Barnes and Noble and Charlotte Writers Club may agree to have an annual bookfair!

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Book Signing Barnes & Noble Arboretum, Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 1-4 p.m.


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Come to see me on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. Book signing Barnes & Noble Arboretum Shopping Center, 3327 Pineville Matthews Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226. Phone 704-341-9365.

Joint bookfair between Barnes and Noble and Charlotte Writers Club. Other authors will be there. Their names are below with the times they will do a reading!

If you can’t come in person, you can order online use Bookfair voucher ID 12077293: http://www.bn.com/bookfairs from 2/25/2017 to 3/2/2017 and include the Bookfair voucher ID 12077293 on the payment page during checkout.

At 3:30 p.m. I’ll be reading from one of my books – 15 minutes. I’m the last author to read! It’s an honor to be there.

Here’s the list of authors and the time they’ll read:

1:15 Ione O’Hara
1:30 M. Logan Ham
1:45 Linda Bost
2:00 Nancy LiPetri
2:15 Norma Dougherty
2:30 Ben Sharpton
2:45 Liz Gilmore Williams
3:00 Nancy Stancill
3:15  James Boatner
3:30 Joan Edwards


I know you’ll be with me in spirit, if you can’t be there in person! Thanks for caring about me!Flip Flap Floodle and I can’t wait to see you! 

 

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Flip Flap Floodle: A New “Classic” Nursery Tale Review by Petre Pan


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Flip Flap Floodle: A New “Classic” Nursery Tale Review by Petre Pan

Reblogged from Petre Pan’s blog “…and then, I shall write a book, about my adventures.”

Hey guys! I just got finished reading Flip Flap Floodle by Joan Y. Edwards, a sweet little children’s story for reading aloud to preschool/nursery age kids. It features a little duck who plays a flute, which is a pretty cute idea for a protagonist. The little duck meets many different kinds of people along his journey to musical greatness: those who are too busy with their own song to pay attention to him, those who recognize his talent and encourage him–and those who eat him.

Wait, what?

Click here to read the rest of this rave review:

http://www.petrepan.blogspot.com/2016/10/flip-flap-floodle-new-classic-nursery.html

Thank you, Jen (Petre Pan) for giving Flip Flap Floodle a rave review! So glad that you enjoyed it! Thanks for being a long time follower!

Never Give Up

Joan

Pat Rullo’s Interview of Joan Y. Edwards on Speak Up Talk Radio


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Oh my goodness. Pat Rullo emailed and asked me if she could interview me for Speak Up Talk Radio! I am very honored that she singled me out to ask for an interview. She’s taking care of her mother, so my book, Joan’s Elder Care Guide, was of special interest to her. I hope you’ll listen. Please listen to it and tell me what you think in the comment area for this post.

Here’s a link to Pat’s interview with me on Speak Up Radio: http://www.speakuptalkradio.com/joan-edwards/

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I hope you enjoy it. Pat asked me very good questions. She fell in love with my book, Flip Flap Floodle, too. After talking with Pat, I feel like I’ve found a new friend.

In case you’d like to have Pat Rullo interview you, here’s information to help you.

Each person who has an interview gives a donation which to fund the Sewport pillowcase project. They send handmade one-of-a-kind pillowcases to veteran shelters, women and children’s domestic abuse homes and animal shelters with each participant name as the donor. I think this is a great project. That’s one of the reasons I decided to do the interview.

If you would like Pat Rullo to interview you to highlight your product, service, talent, book or simply have something to say – Speak Up Talk radio will feature you on the Network for a full 52 weeks for $1.00 per week. You can also air your interview on iTunes, Stitcher (available in over 4 million cars) as well as on mobile apps iOS, Android, Nook, and Kindle Fire. Extra promotions on iHeart Radio available, too. What are you waiting for? SPEAK UP! Enjoy one of those few opportunities you have to talk about yourself to a very interested audience! contact pr@speakuptalkradio.com

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Sarah Maury Swan’s “An Interview of the Amazing Joan Y. Edwards”


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Sarah Maury Swan, Author of “Terror’s Identity,” honored me and I bow humbly because she did a blog interview of me. She said I was very encouraging. I’m glad because I do like to encourage people to Never Give Up. She even tackled this with a new computer and included pictures, too. Hurray for Sarah and her new computer. I hope you’ll drop by and read it and share your thoughts and similar experiences with us on her blog. Thanks.

Sarah has followed my blog for a long time and was one of the first people to join the Pub Subbers Yahoo group. Thanks again, Sarah.

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Reblog: Interview with Joan Y. Edwards, Author of Joan’s Elder Care Guide Published by 4RV Publishing by Megan Vance


Reblog: “Interview with Joan Y. Edwards, Author of Joan’s Elder Care Guide Published by 4RV Publishing” by Megan Vance

I am so happy for my friend, Joan Y. Edwards. Not only did she help me in my own road to publication, but her first traditionally published book has just hit the market. I cannot wait to read it myself, and will be putting a review out just as soon as I can.

But today I want to interview Joan, and share some of her good tips on writing and her path to publication of Joan’s Elder Care Guide. Joan is the kind of person who always makes you feel encouraged, so I hope this interview will inspire you, whether you are a writer, a caregiver, a nurse, or just happened to stumble upon my blog.

To read more go to the following link: https://meganvance.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/interview-with-joan-y-edwards-author-of-joans-elder-care-guide-published-by-4rv-publishing/

Thank you, Megan Vance for interviewing me on your blog.

Thanks for reading my blog. I hope it inspires, encourages, and motivates you to believe more in you!
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

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