Allan Mayer’s Weblog

Writers’ Services

Posted on: November 2, 2008

I’ve just received this from Wally in Ontario:


A great topic and an excellent suggestion to ‘pool ideas’ on how to publicise and market our ‘fortune 5000′ books. In case you and some of your other bloggers haven’t seen the excellent series of articles on Writers’ Services, they are available at the following web site:

PS: Is it Legend Press, Lightening Source or some other printer who will print our books?

Cheers Wally, this is just the sort of thing I’m looking for. YouWriteOn are using Legend Press

2 Responses to "Writers’ Services"

Allan, Wally asked who was going to print the books–that’s Lightning Source, based in Milton Keynes. Legend is just assigning ISBNs as far as I can see: they don’t print any of their own books.

And so far NO ONE who is publishing via YWO has explained to me why they think it’s better to hand 40% of the profits over to YWO rather than signing up to Lightning Source and keeping all the money for themselves. Anyone can do it, after all. And ISBNs can be bought cheaply: I just don’t understand why people think it’s better to go through YWO, and would love it if someone would explain.

The only think I can think of is that some of the people submitting assume that the Random House editors who read YWO’s top ten are going to get involved in the publishing side of things. As far as I can see, that’s a completely separate scheme and there’s going to be no crossover between the two: the Random House editors have their own slushpile to read, and won’t have time to consider reading YWO’s too.

Hi Jane;
The reason I choose YWO over others, such as Lightning Source, etc (we have some good “do it yourself publishing” shops here on this side of the Pond as well) was, to be fair, YWO does have a “name.” I have some writing friends in Australia; I checked with them, and sure enough they’d heard of YWO and have a good opinion of this site. So, hopefully belonging here would give us some recognition. I have been a member here for a while and am impressed with the quality of writing and critiques. Also one gets to discuss things here with knowledgeable people, such as yourself, and learn by exchanging ideas. At a “print-shop” one would be just a number, much like an ISBN.


PS: By the way, there will be a difference between the Random House’s slush piles and YWO’s books. We are “published” and people will be reading our novels and writing reviews. The other Publishers’ is just that, a static slush pile for their interns to read on a lonely Sat night.

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