Family, friends, and online acquaintances have been asking some questions about my Publishizer campaign, so I put together some questions and answers that might help you understand what I am trying to do.
If you get enough preorders, it gets…queried? What does that mean?
Each time I hit a pre-order threshold (100, 250, 500, 1000), my book gets queried to publishers. The more queries I get, the better the publishers it is queried to. 100 gets my proposal sent to hybrid publishers, 250 gets it sent to small indie publisher, 500 gets it sent to small, traditional publishers, and if I get 1,000 pre-orders, it will get sent to “Big 5” publishers.
What happens to my money if I pre-order your book, but it doesn’t get picked up by a publisher?
Thanks to the Internet, Amazon, and Createspace, I don’t technically need a publisher. If I don’t get an offer I want to accept, I can use Createspace to self publish. In fact, unless I get an really good offer, I probably will self-publish.
Why? Because self-publishing will give me full control over the project. I can use the funds raised to hire a designer who will make me a beautiful cover and an editor I am confortable working with. Self-publishing will allow me to make this really be the book I want it to be, not the book someone else wants it to be.
What if you don’t get an offer and decide not to self-publish?
That would only happen if my campaign went really bad. If I have less than 50 pre-orders, don’t get an offer I am willing to accept and decide not to self-publish, then you will get a full refund.
What, exactly, will my money be used for?
If I choose to self publish, your money will go towards the production costs, professional editing, design and marketing.
If I get picked up by a small publisher, they will be doing the editing, design, and some marketing, so I will use the money to supplement their marketing.
Editing can cost anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, and if you know me, you know how important it is for me to have someone edit my work before I self publish, or before I even let a potential publisher look at it. I may have the knowledge to edit, but I have reading problems that make it very difficult for me to catch my own errors.
What if I order a print copy and the publisher decides to publish it as an e-book only?
I will only sign with a publisher if they will make both print and e-books. If you pre-order a print book, you will get a print book.
What if the list price ends up being lower than the preorder price?
Even on amazon and in a bookstore, prices fluctuate. I don’t know what the list price will be. It might be more than what you pay, but it could also be less.
By pre-ordering now, you are not just buying the book but also supporting my creative journey. You will also be among the first people to get the book.
When do I get charged? Is the print copy hardback or paperback?
You get charged right away. Whether it is hardback or a paperback will be determined by the kind of publisher I go with.
Are you actually going to sign 5000 books if you get 5000 orders?
Yes, though I’m not expecting to get that many pre-orders for print books. I suspect most of my pre-orders will be e-books.
Who do I contact if any of the above doesn’t happen as advertised?
But remember — writing is like breathing for me. I need to write, and I really want to share my stories with the world. If you pre-order, you will get your book. I might take a year, but you will get it.
I hope these answers help.
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17-year-old Serena McIntyre grew up in a future where Mother Earth had purged most technology from the planet and crippled civilization. The surviving humans are reorganizing. Some want to live a simple life in harmony with earth while others, like the New Neo Nazis have darker plans for a new society.
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