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What is the book publishing process like? Is it true that you only get 20% or lower if your a minor?

When you send your book to a publisher, and they want to publish it, how does it all happen? Do you have to sigh anything? Do you have to go anywhere in order for it to be made?
Also, is it true in most states, you only get 20% of whats published and sold if you are under the age of 18 (Or 20.)

They will send you a contract, which you have to read (and understand–if you are lucky enough to have this happen to you, ask for help with it!!) and sign. You don’t have to go anywhere, you just send them the stuff and they take care of it.

You will get less than 20% of the sales regardless of how old you are. We generally give royalty rates of 7 to 10 percent of our net receipts. This isn’t actually as bad as it sounds. First, you have to take the cost of the actual physical book–the cost for the paper, the ink, shipping it from a foreign printer to the warehouse in the US, etc. You also have to take the cost of everything the publishing company put into making it a book–they paid for people to edit the book, to design it, to do the layout, to make a cover. They may have paid for art or photographs for the book. And there’s the basic costs of keeping a publishing house running–electricity, computers, heating and water, etc. After they take all these costs out, the publisher may only get something like 20 cents on every copy of the book sold.

Say it’s a $18.00 book (list price), the publisher’s net receipts may be $10 (because we have to sell the books to Amazon and so on at a discount, so they can have a couple cents profit too when they sell to the consumer), and at a 10% royalty rate you’re getting a dollar per book, and the publisher is getting maybe 20 cents. You look at it at first and say, "I’m only getting one dollar on an $18 book; that means the publisher is keeping $17, that’s not fair!" when in reality that’s not the case at all.

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Posted by mark - March 31, 2016 at 1:31 pm

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Mardi Gras Where Did It Come From And How Did It Get To New Orleans

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras Where Did It Come From And How Did It Get To New Orleans

When you visualize Mardi Gras most people frequently bring to mind NOLA or New Orleans LA. It was not necessarily true. So how did New Orleans become the place of the Greatest Free Show On Earth? Well let us go long ago towards the starting point of Mardi Gras.

The Origins Of Mardi Gras

Even though Mardi Gras is perceived to get its roots in the Roman Catholic religion, it really dates back to the days of ancient times in Rome. During the four week period of February, the Romans celebrated a holiday they called Lupercalia. The god Lupercus was the god of fertility, agriculture along with pastoral shepherds as well as the festival was held in his honor. Carnival that is considered synonymous with Mardi Gras comes from the Latin expression meaning “farewell to the flesh”. This holiday was akin to the Mardi Gras we celebrate today. It possessed a festival almost circus atmosphere. There also the festival of Saturnalia that seemed to have some effect on the beginnings of Mardi Gras. This holiday seemed to be a time period of jubilation that occurred around the end of December. The king was burned in effigy and was created to be ugly in appearance. That’s where some of the traditions of masking seem to have been derived. Some of the colors of Mardi Gras, purple, green and gold may have come from this festival.

When Rome transformed into Christianity, a frequent practice was to take pagan holidays and incorporate them into church holidays. Lupercalia was an example of that approach. So Lupercalia became Mardi Gras. This period was designed to be a last fling of partying, merriment and good times that came before the period of fasting, prayer and penance called Lent. During the Lenten period the faithful say good bye towards the pleasures along with indulgences of the flesh. This period lasts from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday or 40 days.

This particular custom started to be a leading holiday in the city of Paris over the Middle Ages whenever it moved across the continent of Europe. Throughout the medieval times lords organised significant carnivals prior to Lent to honor the enrollment of new knights to the service of the local lord or baron. In France, this became an exceptionally raucous time.

The term “Fat Tuesday” or Mardi Gras described the indulgence that occurred.

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Posted by mark - March 29, 2016 at 11:49 am

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Literary Agents, Book Marketing & Publishing

Literary Agents, Book Marketing and Publishing Discussion with John Fuhrman moderated by Stacey Cochran. John discusses how he won over his literary agent and how he has successfully published and marketed over eight books. His literary agent helped him find his book publisher John Wiley & Sons, and more than one million readers have read his books worldwide.

Duration : 1:14:42

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Posted by mark - March 27, 2016 at 9:17 am

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Peter Schiff The Schiff Report Video Blog May 1 2009

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Posted by mark - March 24, 2016 at 4:49 am

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Spreading the Word About Your Book
Best selling author and Editor-In-Chief of The NO LIMIT Publishing Group, Chris J Snook, is on a panel of Publishing Thought Leaders and top publishers in the US.
The discussion point is “How to build your platform and why is platform important”?

Jeremy D Brown
Founder/Publisher: The NO LIMIT Publishing Group

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Posted by mark - March 22, 2016 at 3:56 am

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What are the Economics of Internet Business? – I’ve been an Internet entrepreneur since about 1996. I never really understood Economics, though. Chris B emailed me, to talk to me about an Economics paper he is writing for high school. He wanted to base his paper off of something a little different than what most kids are doing – putting his focus on Internet businesses such as mine. I was only too happy to answer his questions, and help him out! –

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Posted by mark - March 21, 2016 at 3:19 am

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Make Money Blogging – Uncovering The Secrets

No matter what your online business model is, you can make money blogging using these breakthrough techniques and strategies.

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Posted by mark - March 19, 2016 at 1:18 am

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Ross The Intern Mathews TALKY BLOG: the very 1st one.

Here’s my very first talky blog!

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Posted by mark - March 18, 2016 at 1:03 am

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Writing The Knockout Query Letter: How To Catch A Book Editor’s Attention

You’ve done it. You’ve achieved a lifelong dream and penned a book certain to be lauded through the ages as a literary masterpiece. Yet one last obstacle stands between you and publishing success – attracting the attention of someone who can get your book into print.

In reality, catching an editor’s attention is not difficult. All you have to do is follow the rules by sending what industry insiders refer to as a “query letter”. A query letter is one or two pages written in the format of a formal business letter. It should be brief, and it should pique the interest of any publishing executive who reads it. After all, if you can’t sell a single individual on the merits of your book, why should a publishing house believe you can sell to an audience of thousands or millions? If you want some inside secrets to crafting a perfect, attention-grabbing query letter, then you’ve come to the right place. Cover each of the following points, and I guarantee you’ll have an editor calling within one week of sending your query letter.

Point #1: Approach The Right Publisher: This seems obvious, but you wouldn’t believe the number of writers who make this mistake. Be certain that the publisher you choose to contact is in the business of publishing your genre. If you write fantasy novels, then don’t send a query letter to the editor of a computer manual publisher. It will be thrown in the trash without a second look. The best way to find the right publisher is to find books similar to your own and open them. Who is the publisher of each book? Does one particular publisher’s name keep turning up? If so, that’s the one you want to contact.

Point #2: Selling To The Right Person: Never mail a query letter addressed to “Editor” or “To Whom It May Concern”. Such a letter is destined for the “slush pile,” and eventually, the trashcan. Once you’ve identified your ideal publisher, consult a book such as the latest edition of Jeff Herman’s Writer’s Guide to Book Editors, Publishers, and Literary Agents (most libraries or large bookstores will have it). The book will provide a page or two of information on the publisher in question, including the name and contact information of the person to whom all queries should be directed. Usually, this is an executive or managing editor. Address the query letter to that specific person and make sure to use the correct gender and spelling when using their name.

Point #3: Your Opening (Especially the First Sentence): The first paragraph of your query letter should get right to the point. Tell the editor why you are contacting him/her. Did someone they know refer you? Has someone famous praised your work? Either one will capture instant attention. But the most important thing you can do in your opening is to define the audience and market for your book and state why your book is unique or has sales potential in the marketplace. Be specific. Don’t say “all women will want to read my book”. Say “five million women between the ages of 40 and 55 who watch The Oprah Winfrey Show will want to read my book”. The editor will determine within the first sentence or two whether or not to continue reading the rest of your query, so it’s extremely important to spend time crafting the best opening possible. If you have any media contacts or a way to position your book so that it will be irresistible for the media to cover, then say so in the first sentence. Media attention sells books, and that’s what publishers are in business to do.

Point #4: Describe Your Product: In the second paragraph, provide a brief overview of your book. Give the editor a brief summary just as it might appear on the book’s jacket. If possible, reference bestselling books within the same genre and point out why your book is different. Present facts about your work, not opinions. “The potential market is 5.8 million single women” is a fact. “This is the greatest book ever written” is an opinion. Tell the editor why your book will fill an unmet need in the marketplace. Keep it brief, and don’t ramble. This is a case where less is more.

Point #5: About The Author: In the third paragraph, talk about yourself. Why are you writing this book? What are your credentials? Are you an expert in the field? Have you ever been published before? Do you have media experience or media contacts? If so, then let the editor know. If you have limited experience, say so. Be honest and straightforward. Experience helps, but lack of experience will not immediately disqualify you. Adding “fluff” to your resume will. Under no circumstances should you include information about your personal life unless such information is pertinent to selling the book.

Point #6: Leave Them Wanting More: Conclude your query letter by thanking the editor for his/her time and by offering to send your full book proposal (for non-fiction) or the first few chapters of your book (for fiction), and don’t forget to provide your contact information. If your query letter sparks the interest of the editor, he/she will contact you and ask for more information. So don’t send a book proposal or sample chapters without being asked. Also, if you’re sending a query to more than one editor, let them know that you have sent simultaneous queries. Likewise, if you’re offering the editor a two week period of exclusivity (the method I recommend), then say so. Finally, don’t include a SASE with your query. A SASE is most often used to send a form rejection letter back to the author. Don’t leave the impression that you expect rejection. If interested, an editor will contact you immediately by phone or email. They won’t use snail mail.

Point #7: Proofread, Proofread, Proofread: A query letter is the first sample of a prospective author’s writing that an editor will see. It should be perfect. If you can’t produce a one-page letter professionally and free of error, why should anyone believe you can produce an entire book? Don’t rely on spell check programs to find your mistakes, and remember that solid writing is produced by rewriting, rewriting, and rewriting. Rework each individual sentence until it’s the best it can be. You’ve spent countless hours perfecting your manuscript. You can certainly spend a few hours perfecting your query letter.

Point #8: Presentation: You’ve spent the necessary time to create a knockout query letter. Now you have to present it to the editor in the correct fashion or else risk being dismissed as an amateur. It’s important to print your query letter in black ink on 8 1/2 x 11, high quality, plain white paper using a LaserJet printer (no dot-matrix). If you have a letterhead, use it. But don’t get too fancy. Don’t use border patterns. Anything that detracts from the substance of your letter could trigger a rejection. When it comes time to mail your letter, use FedEx. This serves two purposes. First, because of the expense involved, it signals that you are a professional who obviously isn’t sending mass queries to publishers all over the globe. Second, and most importantly, it gets opened. A FedEx envelope simply doesn’t get thrown into the “slush pile”. Other than concise, professional writing, using FedEx is the #1 way to differentiate yourself from the thousands of authors who query a publisher in any given year. Finally, don’t use “gimmicks” or send gifts along with your query letter. Bribery and clever stunts can not replace great writing or a unique product idea. If you compose your letter correctly, you should be confident it will merit the response it deserves.

Utilize each of the 8 points above while drafting your query letter, and I guarantee it will be better than 99.5% of the queries a publisher receives in any given year. In addition, if a market exists for your book, a query letter crafted to the specifications of this outline will almost always generate a request for a book proposal or sample chapters within one week. At that point, you’ve got an editor interested in your book, and you’re already halfway toward seeing it in print. So start working on your knockout query letter today.

Britt Gillette

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Posted by mark - March 17, 2016 at 12:08 am

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Online desktop publishing sites?

I’m wondering if there are any desktop publishing sites. There are plenty of online office sites like Google Docs, Zoho, ThinkFree, etc. which have word processors, spreadsheets and presentation apps. But I’m looking for something with similar functionality to MS Publisher, Adobe InDesign, or Scribus. Something that I can layout and design a custom document (ie. menu, business cards, tickets, posters, etc) and maybe export it as a .PDF or .EPS document. Does such a thing exist?

by the time i posted this answer, no.

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Posted by mark - March 14, 2016 at 10:09 pm

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