I saw a write up on this press a year ago, but haven't found anything significant on them. The listing in P&E seems neutral. Does anyone have anything they can share--good, bad, borderline ugly?
1walkingadverb said:I saw a write up on this press a year ago, but haven't found anything significant on them. The listing in P&E seems neutral. Does anyone have anything they can share--good, bad, borderline ugly?
We strive to assist unknown authors and are widening the roads of a maze-like industry.
[font=Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif]Rabid Press seeks out fledgling authors to promote in the publishing industry. We print, market, and provide fair contracts to the writers who wish to venture forward with us. We desire to build a solid foundation and to endorse the dedicated author[/font]
we started a publishing house with the author in mind.
We are not a vanity press, and require no funding from those who wish to submit. Our success relies on quality work, dedication, and true enthusiasm.
We just want to hear from you and your passion.
They have also proposed sales classes for their authors.
"We want our authors to know how to succeed, and we give them the tools to do so. You don't see that from most publishers."
Marketing your book can be a palm sweating, brow beating ordeal. It involves getting up in front of people and doing book readings, calling local newspapers and magazines to do a review, and even seducing the numerous bookstores and libraries that populate our country.
[font=Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif]Through my own experiences, I have begun to compile a list of things authors can do to help promote their books on those rainy days when you have nothing better to do.[/font]
[font=Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif]1. Talk friends and family into buying copies.[/font]
[font=Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif]2. Arrange book readings in local libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops.[/font]
[font=Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif]3. Join online bulletin boards and get to know people. Gently push your book. [Johanna's translation: spam, spam, spam!] You don't want them to see the obvious--that you are selling your book.[/font]
[font=Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif]4. Talk to your local independent bookstores about buying your novel. Chances are, your publisher can't reach them like you can, and bookstores absolutely love local authors.[/font]
[font=Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif]5. A lot of communities have writing groups. Join a few to both improve your skills and get the word out about your novel.[/font]
[font=Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif]6. Request copies of the press release and order forms from your publisher. You can hand them out to friends, family, and just about anybody.[/font]
[font=Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif]7. One of my favorites--gather all of your friends and family together. Make an evening of calling bookstores and libraries across the country, requesting your book. The flood of requests increases demand, and bookstores will only push books with a high demand. [Johanna's translation: Bookstore-owners and librarians are stupid. They won't realise that you've bullied your friends and family into phonebombing them. Nope. They'll be especially happy to recieve dozens of phonecalls in the evening, five minutes before they close. They'll be so stressed that they'll order the book just so they can get you off their back and go home.] Don't forget to feed the people making the phone calls, and supply liberal amounts of coffee.[/font]
[font=Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif]8. Have friends rate your book on Amazon.com or anywhere your book is listed online. Good ratings bring positive attention and generate greater sales.[/font]
[font=Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif]9. Create a list of all your English teachers from high school and college. They'll love to know that you're a published author, and they're sure to both buy a copy and share the news with their students.[/font]
[font=Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif]10. There has been some debate on this issue, but go ahead and buy copies for yourself. Create a demand for your book in your local chain bookstores. I assure you that they'll buy more, and chances are that they'll start buying them for their other stores, too.[/font]
Johanna said:Of course, Rabid Press could be completely honest and successful. Talk to them. Ask them how they market their books (and don't settle for some new-age "we believe in your power to resonate with an audoence" blather, only accept a real marketing plan). Ask them how many copies their title(s) have sold so far. Ask them about returns, and distribution--which stores are their books actulaly on the shelves in?
Eric_T said:I think I would benefit more from the attention from a small publisher given to a few titles than a large publisher spread out over dozens or hundreds of titles.
Eric_T said:I feel that the novel is solid, even though it is my first, and hopefully can succeed on its own merit. And while I wouldn't turn down a large advance, I think I would benefit more from the attention from a small publisher given to a few titles than a large publisher spread out over dozens or hundreds of titles.
Or maybe I'm just crazy.
Ummm....Q. Nomad is a publisher. She knows about this stuff--it's her job. I'm sure she'd accept your apology, though.QuantumWriter said:Baker & Taylor is a leading full-line DISTRIBUTOR of books, videos, and music products to libraries.
Your apology is accepted.
This is exactly the kind of small press cluelessness I'm talking about. If these guys had known the difference between a wholesaler and a distributor, they might have sold a book or two into stores.QuantumWriter said:[font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Needless to say, 100 Poets Against the War did not stop the war. And more than a month after the release of the book, Swift and Christopher Hamilton-Emery of Salt Publishing are noticing a strange and inexplicable phenomenon, particularly in light of the fact that the war on Iraq began on March 19 and the American antiwar movement is running hot and heavy: Although 10,000 U.S. bookstores—from tiny independents to large chains—were contacted about the availability of the book, not a single one had ordered it. This is despite the fact that Salt Publishing enlisted two major U.S. wholesale book DISTRIBUTORS—Ingrams and Baker & Taylor—to handle DISTRIBUTION to U.S. bookstores.[/font]
I'm afraid you're the one who can't differentiate. You're confusing the act of distributing books with the meaning of the term "distributor" as it's used in publishing.QuantumWriter said:Nomad is a publisher and can't differentiate between a distributor and a wholesaler?