If you have a book (or book idea) and have started to explore your publishing options, then you've no doubt run into several different models. On one extreme there are the traditional publishers who buy manuscripts, pay a small royalty, and own the rights to your book (some would say they also own your soul). On the other side of the pendulum lies self publishing where you do all the work but then keep all the profits (but perhaps not your sanity). Somewhere in what we like to think is the balanced middle lies Partnership Publishing, which just so happens to be our model.
Partnership Publishing is an innovative option for independent authors who are looking for an alternative to the traditional publishing model but who don't want to go it alone.
Now don't get me wrong. I'm not saying it's impossible to self publish successfully. There are a good number of authors who are exceptionally successful with self publishing. They write the book, create the layout, design the cover, learn all the rules for print, learn all the rules for e-publishing, do all their own marketing, and, yes, keep all their profits. They do everything--alone. The successful ones are the exception, not the rule.
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Sometimes, knowing when you're ready to publish is as hard as writing the manuscript. There are always final edits, and you could have a thousand final drafts. (FinalDraft.doc, ReallyFinalDraft.doc, ReallyReallyFinalDraft.doc, OkThisOneIsItFinalDraft.doc.) Sound familiar? Around here, it's our writers' favorite tune.
It's ok. We get it.
You've poured so much energy and love into your work and now you have to ship it off to a printer and send it out into the cold, cold world. You want to do everything you can to ensure its success.
Or, perhaps you're so sick of the darned thing you just want to be done with it. You're tempted to send it in. No. Matter. What.
So how do you know if you're truly ready to publish?
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