So you’ve got a publisher. You’re on easy street right? Think again.
Questions. So many questions. Write them down. Then compose yourself and ask them. All of them.
Your publisher will be ready, armed with infinite knowledge they will parry and provide answers. They’ll probably be up late with you trying to help you understand the process, how it works and what it all means. The more questions you ask, the easier it will get. Don’t ever think you’re asking too many. At the end of the day, you’re paying for a service and part of that service is providing answers.
Top questions to ask:
Do I own the rights to my work?
Can I take my work to another publisher after publishing with you?
What is the royalty break down?
Do you do marketing?
Where will my work be available?
These are standard operating questions between an author and a publisher. Asking about ownership and money might not come so easily to you, but you’re gonna have to suck it up and ask. Else you won’t know. You should receive some kind of email or pack from the publishers with all of the above. But it’s still worthwhile just asking up front. In regard to the pack, read everything. Then read it again. Know your agreement inside and out. The last thing you want will be some sick surprise that you overlooked. Some authors hire people to do this, but I am a firm believer in common sense, and where my common sense can’t help me, I will just ask about it. Before I actually published I thought publishers were evil money grubbing people. Turns out they’re not and I’m incredibly grateful to mine for the help they gave and the support they continue to provide.
Speaking of support. There’s a list you’ll receive. A long one. Full of things you need to provide to the publisher. It’s a little daunting. Especially after all the hard work you’ve already put in. But fret not young grasshopper, the publisher will take it at your speed and make sure everything is ticked off.
They truly are a blessing in disguise.
Well, that’s enough for now, I’ll see if I can think of any more checklist items and put them up. In the meantime let me know if I’ve missed something or if you want to know more about dealing with publishers or any part of the self-publishing process so far. Also check out my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I truly appreciate the support.