Since I brought up publishing I have received a few e-mails with questions. Instead of answering them in an e-mail I thought I would do it here.
First some explanations. I have bought very few books in a bookstore. I did buy my first REAL book “Executive Orders” at a discount store. I was nearing 60. Since then I have bought maybe 4 books at a book store, probably Books-a-Million.
Most of the books I have read since, over 1053, have been purchased over the internet or yardsales & used book stores. It is predicted that the brick and mortar stores are on the demise. I hate that, once my son’s second home was Books a Million. He seemed to live there.
Books at one time were printed by the hundreds, thousands if it was a known author. The books were shipped over the USA to book stores. If the books were not sold, the cover was torn off and returned to the publisher, where the store received credit for it. The book body was supposed to be sent to a land fill. Millions of books ARE/were destroyed.
BUT with today’s print machines paperbacks are printed on demand. My books are not in a book store. If you order one of my books the publisher will print one, it takes less than 5 minutes. In 6 minutes it is boxed and addressed and ready for UPS< FEDEX or USPS!
I am an oddity. I do not expect anything from my books. I want to be read. Truth is I earn less than 3 cents when a book is sold in the UK. Less if sold in Turkey or Germany. I do get a kick out of seeing a book sold overseas.
I believe all my e-books are 99 cents. That is as cheap as Kindle will let me go. This month my royalties were $7.50. I have also participated in Amazon and KIndle giveaways.
Sorry to take so long to get to the real part. But I will be back tomorrow to finish up. Thanks for your patience.
Simply stated It is very hard to reach a big name publisher. You must first hire an agent. The big publishers do not accept a manuscript off the street, without an agent or you are kin to someone like Clancey or Stephen King.
Writing to me is a hobby. I used to tell stories in chalk to entertain. But with the loss of hearing, writing is the next thing to it.
Below is the above 1953 Desoto once restored and customized. Impressive.