Dark Force Press
Welcome to Dark Force Press. I bet you're wondering what DFP is...
It's my publishing company.
When I started out, I queried agents and publishing houses. I had several interested 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.
I wouldn't change the path I took. It is what works for me. Not everyone wants to do it by themselves.
Find what works for you.
If you ever need help, reach out to me. Use my contact page to send me an email. I will be glad to help you.
Most publishing 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 trade off was too steep.
It is a learning curve to say the least. I've learned a lot. I'm 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.