Dark Force Press
I bet you’re wondering what Dark Force Press is.
It’s my publishing company. When I started out, I queried agents and publishing houses. I had interest in my books. I even had a publisher want it. However, they wanted me to make some changes to the story that I felt would completely change the tone of the story.
I thought about it and continued querying. I met an agent that really liked it and thought it was very marketable. She advised me to either continue querying or consider self-publishing.
I researched the pros and cons of going the indie route and finally decided it would be a better fit for me than traditional publishing.
What exactly does it mean to be a self-publisher, or indie author? It means you’re responsible for every aspect of your book. From beginning to end, to publishing on retailers, to editing, covers, and marketing. I buy my own ISBNs and I copyright my material through the copyright office.
It is not for the faint of heart. You either learn how to do everything, or you pay someone. I opted to learn how to do everything. It is time consuming and takes away from writing. I pay for an editor. I have used the same one since book 3 in my Damien Kaine series. I would not even consider publishing without having my editor look over my manuscript. That, by far, is one of my biggest expenses.
However, if you are picked up by a publisher, although they would cover your editing, and your covers; which by the way you will have no control over what your covers look like, most publishers will want a marketing plan from you. You will be responsible for getting your book out there.
While the publishing company will help you with visibility, I thought to myself, if I’m going to have to market my own books, why would I give most of my profit to a publisher. Yes, they can get me into places I may not be able to get into on my own, but I would be doing a lot of work with very little return.
Most contracts are for all rights for 5 plus years. If you get an advance, which is very little. In most cases less than 10K, you will not see any more money until that advance is paid off. I decided I would rather receive more of my profit, even if it meant I had to work harder to get to that 10K mark.
For me, the tradeoff was too steep.
It is a learning curve to say the least. I have learned a lot. I am always available to help other authors. If you find yourself in need of some help, use my contact form and drop me a line.
There is no right or wrong. It’s whatever works for you. But you have to start by writing the book.