Announcing, “Universal Rhythms.” After months of hard work on publishing my first poetry book, I now have insight to just how hard publishing a book can be. I tried and tried to get noticed to have a publisher who would give me an upfront payment on my book. After years of hard work and disappointment, I decided I would wait no longer. Therefore, I decided to publish my book on my own. Who believes in me more than I do, besides my family, friends, and fans, right?
I’m a writer from Mississippi! I was born and raised in Tylertown. I reside in Hattiesburg at this time. Writing and expressing myself is the skin of my soul. I write about things I see, have experienced, lessons I’ve learned and have yet to learn. Writing is the only way I’ve found to be heard, especially when I don’t care to be seen or to be seen and understood!
I’ve been drawn to writing all my life and began at the age of 3. I’d write on walls and anything I could find. I assure you that writing on walls was not a fun experience when my mom would catch me! My grandmother used to have me write to relatives in Old Folks Homes and I could never just write a page or two; they always turned out to be 10 or 12 pages which is a lot for a small child. It is because of her and my mother that I came to love writing and expressing myself.
Publishing this book has taught me, even though I already knew, to search, search, search and call around to see if you’ve heard anything about the publisher you’re thinking about using to publish your works. They all want you to believe that their company is the best one out there with the best packages and prices. However, always keep in mind, buyer beware! They don’t tell you everything until after they’ve gotten all their money upfront and then it’s too late to back out of the deal, especially, if you’ve already signed a contract with them.
You must, you must, be savvy with them and don’t take the first offer that looks good. When publishing your own book, the publisher doesn’t always set up book signings or put your book in catalogs or send out press releases without you paying for them. Therefore, if you write all the time as I do and have limited time because you stay busy from the time you awake until you lie down to sleep, you realize you must hire a marketer. Finding the right marketer is not as easy as it appears. No one marketer offers you the same package or do the same things. Nor do any of their prices come cheap. Then, when you think you’ve chosen a package you can afford and that appears to meet your needs, you find out that you in fact need to pay to have your own site created as well. Again, we’re looking at more big bucks. It really comes in handy if you have a friend or family member who knows how to do this or knows of someone who does.
Next you need to realize that most all contracts are for a year when publishing a book. That year goes by pretty fast, especially, when your publisher has yet to deliver everything you’ve paid for in your package. Not to mention, if this includes copies of your books that you need to book your own book signings with. Again, here I’ve learned, don’t book signings until you have all your supplies on hand. I published “Universal Rhythms” on June 3rd. I’m still waiting for three of my books. For some reason, my publisher only sends me a book at a time, a week at a time. This is completely unbelievable and in my opinion, unacceptable, and unprofessional. This month is completely shot and now I’m only left with eight months left to sell and promote my book. Time is valuable in this business and it doesn’t help if your publisher insists on wasting your valuable time and money.
For book signings, it’s best if you set them up yourself. Especially, at your local book stores. Most local book stores, libraries, hospitals, and coffee shops are your best bet to sale books. If you sign a book, make sure the customer knows, that it is non-returnable if you have signed a personal message. Also make sure that your supplies have arrived and you’ve stored them in a nice, dry, safe place. This is your money your storing, as if it were in a bank. The last thing you need is for them to get wet or have some rodent destroy them or a pet.
In doing book reviews with other authors, I’ve been warned to find out what my publisher’s book return policy is as they sold bulk books to other publishers and then the publishers returned the books they didn’t sell, leaving them with a large debt. Fortunately with my publisher, even with returned books, I still get my royalties. That’s very important. Another thing that has been brought to my attention is that after a year most publishers pull your book page. Therefore it is recommended to buy a web page for your book. Yes, I know, more money. However, it is important to have your own web page to market your book as well. Check around. There are actually some decent prices on web pages with some of course, offering more than others. You get what you pay for and what you can afford is the key here.
So, how can you possibly make money to cover your expenses? On this note, I’ll have to say that with this first publishing, I won’t recover all that I’ve put into it financially. Perhaps later on as I re-print it with another publisher, I will. But for now, it’s more important to get my works out there and let my name be known. At least one positive thing has come out of this. I finally published my book and I have sole copyrights to my book. This is an important factor as well, when publishing your books or works.
Each time I have wanted to give up, God would never allow it. Thanks to all my fans, family, and friends this book came to be. My pseudonyms are Carrie Nicole and Thirdeyereopened. I also write for as a freelance writer. I was also the editor of my college newspaper at HCC. I’m tickled to share some of my favorite poems and there will be more books to follow. I will.also be publishing a novel later on that I’ve written.
To view my book or to buy my book, please visit: www2.xlibris.com/bookstore/bookdisplay.aspx. Your patronage and support is most appreciated. I chose to have my book in full color and to have it in 8.5 x 11 size (full page). This way if any page comes out of the binding for any reason, the buyer might want to frame it as well. All pictures are my original pictures, some being from my hometown and some being from Hattiesburg as well. This particular book has a collection of 25 poems. This summer I’ll be working on gathering new pictures for my next book, which I’ve decided to publish around the end of this year or the first of next year. To all my beloved fans, I truly hope you enjoy the book.