“Immortal Kisses” by Page Publishing author Mitzi Libsohn was prominently featured on WPIX News New York on Friday December 4th, 2015. The author’s daughter- Pauli Rose Libsohn- published the work on her mother’s Mitzi’s behalf and has been relentlessly promoting the work since its publication in September of 2014. This recent news feature is in addition to the dozens of newspaper and magazine articles that previously featured the book, Click here to see the story as it aired.
A relatively new method of printing, “POD” (also know as “print on demand” ) has revolutionized the publishing and printing industries. Before the advent of this technology, books could only be printed in large runs of 500 or more, by a method referred to as “offset printing.” This resulted in a large up-front cost, and storage and inventory issues as well. If a book did not sell well, money was wasted on copies that were never purchased. Similarly, if a book sol well and its inventory was depleted, purchasers would need to wait until another edition was printed.
POD technology allows books to be printed in any volume- from one to one thousand or greater. The obvious upside to this technology is that it eliminates the need for a large up-front investment in printing, and also eliminates the need for warehousing large quantities of books until/unless they sell. Books can be made available for sale on any platform and instantly printed and shipped immediately upon an order being placed. It has leveled the playing field so that new and independent authors can offer their books for sale without begging the large traditional firms (who will typically issue a flat-out rejection to authors submitting manuscripts to them).
The down side to this technology is that the price of each book printed in this manner is substantially greater than if it were printed via an offset press. It can, however, be used as a great “hedge” when launching a new book. If the book experiences slow sales, the POD method can be utilized. If sales pick up, the method of printing can be switched to offset so that the greater price discount is taken advantage of. You can learn more about which method is better for you by speaking with a Literary Development Agent at Page Publishing.
Rahaman Ali and Ron Brashear’s book, That’s Muhammad Ali’s Brother! – My Life on the Undercard, received approval and recommendation from one of the greatest boxers to ever enter the ring, Mike Tyson! Tyson kindly shared information about the Ali book with his 4 million followers on Facebook, generating even further publicity for and buzz about the book.
Congratulations to Page Publishing authors Rahaman and Ron for catching the eye of Iron Mike Tyson! Like and share the post by following this link to Mike Tyson’s Facebook Page.
In the never-ending battle between Amazon and the rest of the book-selling world, the fight has spilled over to small, mom-and-pop bookstores. These stores, as well as larger chains of books stores, have begun to refuse to carry any books that are published or distributed by CreateSpace. Why is that? Simple- because CreateSpace is owned by Amazon, and many blame Amazon for putting the smaller brick-and-mortar bookstores out of business. In an attempt to protest that wrong, many book stores flat-out refuse to carry any book published by CreateSpace. Many unsuspecting authors do not even realize this until it is too late. In the giant battle between Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble etc., it is best for an author not to align with any one particular side, but instead to get his/her book published by a publisher who has the ability to distribute books through all vendors- both digital and print versions. Check out Page Publishing for example- they are one of many such publishing companies.
Derivative rights are. quite simply, the rights to your story once it is adapted into another form. The most classic example of this is when a books/story is “adapted” into a screenplay and then a movie. Most of the movies in theaters today were adapted from a screenplay which was adapted from an author’ s book at one point. If the author was not careful when he/she originally entered into an agreement with book’s publisher, the derivative rights may be lost or limited. For that reason, it is critical that authors always ensure that their agreement with a publisher leaves full derivative rights solely with the author. Below is a typical clause that properly leaves all derivative rights with the author. It is pulled, with permission, from a standard Page Publishing agreement:
Royalties Derived from Derivative Works: Any derivative works of Author’s original Work (screenplays, motion picture/TV scripts, etc.) shall be the sole and exclusive property of Author. Any royalties or monetary compensation resulting therefrom during the term of this Agreement shall be the sole property of Author with Publisher having no claim thereto.
Thus, it is very important that any publishing agreement you enter into have such a clause which specifically leaves all derivative rights with you, the author.