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SHOULD I PUBLISH WITH NEWMAN SPRINGS?

Are you kidding me? Are you serious? You're actually asking other people if you should spend good money to get your book published, when you have Web searches at your fingertips? And, for the record, how would anyone else know what you "should" do?

 

Perhaps you mis-phrased the question. Perhaps you meant instead, Would publishing with Newman Springs be a wise decision? In which case …

 

Sure. Publish with them. If you don't mind publishing with a vanity press. Don't know what that means? LOOK IT UP! It's your money, and it's your future. Why turn either one over to the opinion of a group of strangers?

 

At some point in your life, you're going to realize that you have to take control of your own life's decisions personally. No one else is going to be able to step in and tell you how to do it right. Oh, you'll always find people willing to tell you how to do things. But correctly? To your benefit? Hardly. After all, it's no skin off their nose. And no bucks out of their account! I've seen it a million times:

 

Do this.

 

Why? Is this something you would do?

 

Well, no, not personally. Still, I think you should!

 

Particularly when it comes to finding a publisher for your months or years of hard work on your "baby," you want to do the best you can for your book. Conventional publishers rarely accept work from unproven newbie writers, so you'll probably have to go the self-publishing route. Run an Internet search, find out what Newman Springs charges that conventional publishers offer free (answer: a lot), learn the difference between conventional and vanity publishers, and then MAKE THE DECISION YOURSELF! Don't forget to see what Amazon's KDP has to offer; they don't provide cover art or editing and formatting, but the rest of what they do provide is free.

 

And, if you decide to go with a vanity press after all that, check out the available alternatives. There are tens of thousands of vanity publishers out there. All offer different things for different prices. Evaluate what works best for you and how it fits into your budget. After all, you're the guy on the hook, right? Why ask for someone else to take the fish off the line for you?

 

Do you get it?

 

Jeez.

 

I hope so.

 

And, I hope this helps

 

Smoke if you've got 'em.

 

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D. J. Herda is author of the new eBook series of writing advice, About Writing Right, available at Amazon and at fine booksellers everywhere.

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