Monday, January 12, 2009

For Only $2000 More....

I'm catching up with my web comics after falling behind over the holidays and had to share this one.

You know, if you're going to spend the money anyway (as anyone who doesn't want their book published in 4-point microfont probably will [cough]) you might as well self-publish. There are books on how to go about it, and lots of free advice online (to be well-sifted and scrutinized and cross-checked, but the info is there) and if you self-publish, at least 1) you'll be able to control everything yourself, and 2) no middleman will be taking a cut of your money as profit.

Remember Yog's Law: money flows toward the writer.

The only time money should be flowing away from you is if you're the publisher as well.

Angie

7 comments:

laughingwolf said...

great toon to go with your blurb, angie :O lol

Angie said...

LW -- thanks. :D I saw that and just had to share.

Angie

Caryn Caldwell said...

Hilarious cartoon! Glad you shared it. :-) There's a catch with everything, isn't there?

Anne Vis said...

Great cartoon indeed! I find the challenge in self-publishing to get exposure ... Maybe you need to invest heavily in advertising ...

Charles Gramlich said...

An agent I was talking to last night said the same thing. Which way does the money flow?

Angie said...

Caryn -- I've been reading "Will Write for Chocolate" for a couple of years now. They don't update very often, but there are definitely some good ones in there. :D

But yes, it's that classic, "Something which sounds too good to be true, probably is." [nod]

Anne -- sure, there are always promotional expenses. [nod] But someone who signs with one of those "package" houses is spending money unnecessarily on the production of their books, and then they'll have to spend more on promotion anyway. :/

Charles -- exactly. [nod] Yog's Law has been around for ages, and it's a great rule of thumb.

Angie

spyscribbler said...

That's funny! I love them!