Roger Hammer talks about publishing your books through a Large Publisher. Learn how he got their attention and the details of working with a big company. Very different from self-publishing!
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Publishing Your Photo Guide through a Big Name Publisher with Roger Hammer
“If you self-publish, you become the printer, the warehouse, the secretary, the marketer… a publisher will do all of that.”
Search local publishers online.
- University of Florida Press and Pineapple Press are great for printing anything to do with Florida.
- Contact the Acquisitions Editor
- Send a sample of what you’re trying to do. It may be sent back to you with criticisms. FIX IT & RESUBMIT.
“Once you’ve gotten one book published, it becomes easier to gain the attention of publishers.”
Contracts and Payments
- There will be a contract – read the fine print.
- There may be an advance – to be repaid later through royalties.
- Royalties are usually 10-15% of wholesale costs.
- Want a larger profit?? Buy your own books at 60% off and sell them at speaking engagements and conferences.
Tips for Field Guides
- Know your subject.
- Know people that can help you locate it.
- Composition adds a lot to the image, but you don’t want anything too artistic.
- Concentrate on features that distinguish it from similar ones.
- Smaller, regional guides have more information for a specific area. Larger “umbrella” guides are limited on pages and have to cut out a lot of information, making the guide less useful.
Tips for Getting Published
- Go to the library or bookstore. Look at other books that are similar to the one you are proposing. Contact those publishers.
- If there are already several books on your topic, change your topic.
- Be good at what you do.
- Get yourself out there.
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