Since I released my first book, every week I get a barrage of questions, either by email or on facebook itself. The overwhelming majority are in relation to independent publishing. “Indicame a publisher” is the phrase I heard the most (read) to date. The answer is very difficult, because each case is different and the right type of publication will depend on several factors. Therefore, I prefer to explain some alternatives so that you can reflect and reach your own conclusions. Beauty? It is worth noting that the theme today is independent publication, either on its own or through a publisher. Come on! 1) Large print publisher When I started writing, I intended to take my stories beyond my family and friends. I wanted a lot of people to read, for books to be found in bookstores, for people to know them before they even met me. This requires a large print run, that is, at least 500 or 1,000 copies. For a large publisher, that amount is ridiculous. But in the case of an independent author, you have to break a sweat to be able to sell everything. The good side is that, as the print run increases, the price the author pays for each copy drops, so it is possible to make some profit from the sale. Some publishers have done a great job with this type of publication, including publicizing the author and distributing it in bookstores (which is harder than it sounds). But to sell the book, you will have to go after it yourself. Working with literature is the same as working in any other field. To become a real professional, you must first invest in your career. Invest money, time and effort. If you want to make a high print, prepare your pocket. Money investing starts there. As for time and effort, that's a subject for another post. ☆ Some publishers that publish with large circulations: Novo Século (new talents seal), Modo (new talents seal), Scortecci, Oxygen, Arwen, Livre Expressão, Charme, Qualis (new talents seal), Jambô (Odisseias seal ).
2) Small print publisher I know several authors who wrote only for personal satisfaction, not pretending to be professionals in the field. They just want to hold their “son” in their hands and be able to show it to their friends. There is nothing wrong with that. It happens a lot in the case of poets, who just want to express themselves, and teenagers who, as much as they want to pursue a literary career in the future, still don't have the means or willingness to dedicate themselves to publicizing and selling (it's hard work, my friends, believe me...). Writing a book takes dedication. A lot of people say they have a genius idea, but few people sit their butt on the chair and put their brain to work for real. If you made it, you need to celebrate! He won a difficult race, one of those where the journey is more important than the destination. In my opinion, every book deserves to be published, one way or another. If it's not to be on a large scale, then on a small scale. Books published in a small print run usually don't make a profit, but that's not why you won't publish. Think of it as entertainment. If you went to the movies or went skydiving, you'd end up spending the money just the same. It's the price of having a hobby. Small print runs usually range from 20 to 100 copies. ☆ Some publishers that publish with short runs: Baraúna, Garcia Edizioni, Delicatta, All Print, Multifoco, Lexia, Lura (some of these also offer large print runs).