Positive Imaging, LLC
A. William Benitez, Owner
Publisher for Austin and Environs
You’ve just written every author’s favorite words: the end. I know first hand that It’s been a long, lonely trek, so take some time to celebrate because many authors never reach this point.
Of course, “the end” is often just the beginning. Until it’s published, your book remains a stack of pages. Time was, that meant mailing your manuscript to agents and publishers, waiting (and waiting) for a response (most often a rejection letter) and mailing it out again. Then more waiting: weeks, months… one year… two…
Not The Only Way
That’s the old way, and it still is for some authors but it doesn’t have to be for you. That‘s no longer the only way. In the last few years the publishing industry has undergone a sea change. You can still mail your manuscript—and I wish you all the best if that’s your choice—or you can take a giant step into the brave new world of self-
A Last Resort?
Sure, everyone wants to be published by a big New York house, but what are the odds. As of April, 2014 available data indicates that over 700,000 books are being published annually. Of those, only a tiny percentage are published by traditional publishing houses. That was two years ago. The last number I heard was 100,000 books each month, over a million annually.
These aren’t good odds but you don’t have to wait for some gatekeeper to get your book published. You can publish it yourself. Not only will you get your book published and available worldwide, but having a “real” book, the kind you can hold in your hands and turn the pages, may improve your chances of jumping the slush pile. If done professionally, self publishing can equal and even exceed the quality of traditional publishing. And some, admittedly few, self publishers have already become millionaires and famous, in some cases receiving substantial offers from traditional publishers because of the fame. So, it would seem that in spite of the implied stigma, the most important thing about a book is still the quality
Still, some people are embarrassed to be self-
How Do You Define Success?
Frankly, if fat royalty checks are all you care about, you’re in the wrong profession. But you know that. And you know why you write: because you love it. Maybe you’re not even interested in commercial success. Maybe you just want something to share with family and friends. Maybe you’ve written a book to enhance your professional reputation or address an issue in your field. Maybe you’ve written a book of local history or a memoir of the time you were in a rock band or ballet troupe or lived in Alaska for a year. If you’re like me you write to share your knowledge and skills with others. The reason you write is personal and that’s good enough.
I Can Help You Make It Happen
Whatever your reason for writing, whatever your goal, I can help you realize it. I’m a lifetime entrepreneur who began his first publishing business in 1978 writing and publishing books on housing. Over the years I’ve been a custom woodworker, a homebuilder, ran an 80-
Not the Biggest (and we like it that way)
My company, Positive Imaging, LLC, is not the biggest self-
No Publishing Packages
If you browse Authorhouse or Balboa Press or Lulu or any of the top twenty self-
I don’t have any packages. Instead I offer a buffet of services. You choose the help you want. You can save by taking advantage of your skills and I can coach you to help you do more. There’s no pressure, no nudges to get those little extras that bump up the sale. Once we determine what you want me to do I’ll give you a quote geared to your needs. Whatever you want, I’m good with it. Maybe in New York that’s considered a weird attitude, but here in Austin, I fit right in.
Why not contact me now at bill@positive-
If you’re one of those multi-
Not convinced? Check out the reviews for this book on Amazon at: http://amzn.to/1YDlobk .
Copyright 2016 A. William Benitez