When Traditional Publishing Comes Knocking

knock-clipart-knock-at-door-cHere at Indies Unlimited, we often engage in discussions about the advantages and disadvantages of being an indie versus being published by a traditional house. Just recently I talked about one major aspect, having control over the look and feel of a book. We’ve also discussed getting better royalties and having the flexibility to be instantly responsive to prices, trends, and sales.

But what happens when a traditional publisher wants your book?

I’ve done some thinking about this. I was lucky enough to have been inside the ropes of the traditional publishing process for the first few years of my writing career. I’ve also had some *ahem* experience with scammers and vanity presses. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot of lessons. If a traditional publisher approached me now, my response would be very different than it was the first time. Continue reading “When Traditional Publishing Comes Knocking”

Book Brief: Profile of Evil

Profile of Evil by Alexa GraceProfile of Evil
by Alexa Grace
Genre: Police Procedural
78,674 words

There’s a serial killer in Shawnee County, Indiana, and Sheriff Brody Chase needs to stop him. As the body count rises, Chase discovers the victims had a social networking site in common. If their killer is an online predator, then Chase knows it’s only a matter of time before another teen is abducted, tortured, and murdered. He calls in former FBI profiler Carly Stone for assistance.

The clues, and Stone’s profile, point to someone close to law enforcement – perhaps even someone they know. When the latest girl goes missing, Sheriff Chase and his staff will have to use all their skills to stop the most terrifying killer of their careers.

Profile of Evil is available on Amazon.com, Smashwords, Amazon UK, and other online retailers. Continue reading “Book Brief: Profile of Evil”

To Kirkus, or Not, Times Two

GJ Berger Author PhotoGuest Post
by GJ Berger

My sometimes serious writing journey started when snail mail and slush piles were common, when Internet queries were just getting going, and credible self-published fiction was mostly unknown. Back then, my second completed novel landed a solid NYC agent, came close to getting picked up by a couple of Big Houses, but in the end some eight years later, I had neither an agent nor a traditional publishing deal.

I did now, in early 2012, have a third novel in good shape and had not lost the yearning to find readers. The new path to self-publishing now looked open and far more worthy than it had been just five or six years before. I decided to try it. Continue reading “To Kirkus, or Not, Times Two”