The one year mark is approaching for when I reached out to publishers about taking on my project titled Let There Be Rain. As mentioned in the previous blog, I changed the name later to Saving Forest Farm to highlight the home of the animals rather than the circumstance or desired outcome.
To get back on topic, I began reaching out to publishers in mid to late May. My final two publishers to make a decision on were Archway Publishing, which is a sub-unit under Simon and Schuster and is based out of Bloomington, Indiana, and Dorrance Publishing, which has almost a 100 year publishing track record and is based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
I was intrigued by both publishers especially in the age of self-publishing and this was their strong selling point. The deciding factor for me was that Archway Publishing was up front with their packaging prices and additionally provided discounts if the author had a membership with the Author Learning Center (ALC) powered by Author Solutions. The ALC is a great way to connect with other authors that have been successful in the publishing industry through writing, marketing, and networking. There are several opportunities to attend live webinars with successful authors and a large library of past webinars for members to watch later when they have the time. Aside from the ALC network, the discounts were helpful as I got up to 35% off of the package prices that fit what I needed. However, the ALC membership fee is $50 a year, but this is still worth the price because of the access to authors, discounts, and learning materials. For example, the illustrator's package for a children's story is $4,199 and included but not limited to the following items:
- ISBN Assignment
- U.S. Copyright Registration
- Worldwide Distribution
- Hard & Soft Cover Publishing
- e-Book Publishing
- 10 Free Softcover Copies
- 5 Free Hardcover Copies
- 6 Fine Detail Color Illustrations
- 100 Bookselling Promotional Materials
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