Authors who published their books in the twentieth century had to follow the same rules and ran into the same obstacles. They had to depend on the acceptance and the control of the publishing houses. Once a work was submitted to a publisher, or numerous publishers in most instances, the author would be required to follow the rules of the publisher. Rules that benefited the publisher far more than the author. The publisher controlled the content, pricing, marketing and production of the book while the author was left with very little compensation for all of their work. And when the publisher determined that the book was no longer of interest, they discontinued the offering leaving the author with no options since they had signed over all of their rights. In some cases, authors even had to pay money up front to the publisher or contract to purchase an inventory of books.
The twenty-first century has brought drastic changes to how books can be published. The event of the age of digital on-demand printing has changed the playing field. Authors can now publish there own books directly with the help of on-demand publishers. These publishers are able to accept a digital file from an author and print & bind as many or few copies as the author desires. The author retains ownership of their work, can determine their own pricing and their own royalties. Some of these on-demand publishers are offering additional services such as formatting, cover design, production and fulfillment. And one publisher is offering all of their services at no charge. To learn more about the Educational Publisher’s free publishing services, visit their website at www.BiblioPublishing.com.
Bob Sims, Biblio Publishing