Welcome to the “GHOSTLY INTERFERENCE” 1 Day/5 Blog Tour! @JanSikes3 @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org @Tweets4RWISA

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TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING VS INDIE PUBLISHING

I am deeply honored to be a guest here today as I wind down my blog tour for Ghostly Interference. Also, I want to announce that my book is on sale through January 22nd!

Having now sat on both sides of the publishing table, I want to talk about traditional versus indie publishing.

First of all, let me say if you think by getting a traditional publishing contract, you will automatically have a bestselling book, you are grossly mistaken. That could not be further from the truth.

In today’s traditional publishing climate, it’s safe to say that at least 99 percent of the marketing efforts are totally left up to the author. The days of publishers getting professional reviews for you are long gone. The days of publishers advertising your books in literary magazines are long gone.

So, from the marketing aspect, there is absolutely no difference between indie and traditional publishing. And I think we can all agree that marketing is the most challenging part of our jobs as authors. At least it is for me. Thank goodness for the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB!

Before The Wild Rose Press offered me a publishing contract for Ghostly Interference, I had to submit a solid marketing plan for the book. It was a huge benefit to list RRBC as a big part of my marketing plan. Having the support of an international book club gave me a leg up, which they recognized. If you’re an author reading this and are not a member of the amazingly supportive RRBC community, I highly suggest you head straight over and join!

On to the subject we started with, and that is traditional versus indie publishing.

When you publish as an indie author, you retain complete and total control over your work…Not only the story but the cover, pricing, and release date.

The first change The Wild Rose Press made to Ghostly Interference was the title. My working title had been When Two Worlds Collide. It took some conceding for me to relinquish it as I thought it perfectly described the book. Of course, they were looking at it from the marketing standpoint, and Amazon already listed several titles of the same name.

When you are an indie author, you have to pay for every aspect of your book out of your pocket. For me, this was the single biggest motivation to seek a publisher for this book and series. I exhausted my savings with my first five books and have not recouped even close to the amount I initially invested, in all honesty. Yet, I do not regret a single dime I spent to get the biographical story told.

Editing is the single biggest expense in indie publishing. And if you are lucky enough to find an affordable, professional editor, you hit pay dirt. There are so many out there advertising editing services that are a far cry from professionals. Many authors find that out too late. A good example is the editor I had for my first book, Flowers and Stone. In hindsight, I’m not sure he knew the English language. The fact that he repeatedly misspelled my name should have been a big red flag.

The six rounds of editing The Wild Rose Press provided gave me a level of confidence in delivering my story that I’ve never felt with indie publishing. To clarify, I know not all traditional publishers go through this many rounds of editing, so I am blessed and grateful that this company goes the extra mile.

Book covers can be expensive if you can’t design your own. However, the cost falls far behind editing. But again, as an indie author, you have complete control over what you want your cover to portray.

I was allowed to give a maximum of three things I wanted to see on my cover. When I received the finished cover for review, the only feedback I could give was to make sure there were no typos. Guess what? There was. They had misspelled Ghostly. 🙂 I do love the cover they came up with, except for the white rune symbol, which looks like a P. 🙂

Formatting is a huge issue for me. I have never understood it and therefore have paid someone to format my books. The only story I attempted to format was Jonah, and in one of the reviews I received, the reviewer mentioned issues with the formatting. So, it was a huge relief to have that taken care of by the publisher.

I had absolutely no control over the release date of this book. I would have never chosen to release it so close to Christmas when everyone’s attention is anywhere but on new books. I also had no control over pricing. Thankfully, I was able to request a sale period, and I hope it helps those readers who are on a budget.

At the end of the day, there is no magic button for publishing a story. I chose to seek out a partner for this series strictly because of money. I had no more. It took three years of pitching to land the contract.

Is having a publishing contract a perfect scenario? NO! Does it make my book better than my indie-published books? Only from the aspect of editing, YES. I’d love to rework all of my first books from the editing standpoint, and who knows, maybe someday. Does having a publishing contract raise my author status? NO! My work, my writing, and my dedication to the craft are the things that grow my author status. As with everything in life, the effort is what determines the reward.

I love writing polished, entertaining stories. I never imagined this is how I’d spend my last years in life, but I’ll take it, embrace it and run with it.

Final conclusion: There is little difference between traditional and indie publishing. There are ups and downs to both. It’s entirely up to the author to decide what they want and what’s most important to them. If you choose to seek out a publisher, do your research. Not all companies are legitimate.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject. Let’s chat!

BOOK BLURB

Jag Peters has one goal in his quiet, comfortable life—to keep his karma slate wiped clean. A near-miss crash with a candy apple red Harley threatens to upend his safe world. He tracks down the rider to apologize properly. Slipping into a seedy biker bar, he discovers the rider isn’t a “he”, it’s a “she”, a dark-haired beauty.

Rena Jett is a troubled soul, who lives in a rough world. She wants no part of Jag’s apology, but even while she pushes him away, she is attracted to him. When he claims to see a ghost—her brother—can she trust him? And could her brother’s final gift, a magical rune stone with the symbol for “happily ever after” have the power to heal her wounds and allow opposites to find common ground—perhaps even love?

BOOK TRAILER LINK: https://youtu.be/NHaLVSe_flI

 

BOOK PURCHASE LINKS:

AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Ghostly-Interference-White-Rune-Sikes-ebook/dp/B08KW1KFMW/

BARNES & NOBLE: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ghostly-interference-jan-sikes/1137871003?

KOBO: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/ghostly-interference

iTUNES: https://books.apple.com/us/book/ghostly-interference/id1535082886

GOOGLE PLAY: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=PCwNEAAAQBAJ

 

JAN SIKES

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Thank you for supporting this author on my blog today.

To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the authors’ tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site for the additional stops that are all going on today.  If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HEREThanks for supporting these authors and their work!

38 thoughts on “Welcome to the “GHOSTLY INTERFERENCE” 1 Day/5 Blog Tour! @JanSikes3 @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org @Tweets4RWISA

  1. I have done both: Indie and with a publisher. Control was an issue, especially when the publisher wanted to format one of my books in a way that didn’t work for the type of book it was. We amicably parted ways, and I doubt I’ll go that route again. However, I have learned to NEVER say never, because, like you, cost may one day drive me back to traditional publishing. Professional editing, when done right, is a must for every author. But the heart of your comparison lies in this statement, which I’m quoting from your blog post. “Does having a publishing contract raise my author status? NO! My work, my writing, and my dedication to the craft are the things that grow my author status. As with everything in life, the effort is what determines the reward.” And therein lies the key. Your book, Ghostly Interference, is the perfect example of excellence.

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  2. Jan you are so right on all levels regarding the work an author has to do to market their books. Thank goodness for RRBC. I don’t think any of us realized coming here, how crucial that would be. And its too bad the days of a publisher doing the work of promoting has come to an end. But the industry decides who they will work with and that’s what spawned the independent publishing industry. They make out like bandits because we are still ripped off coming and going.

    I couldn’t distinguish between what editing involves vs. what formatting is about and had run-ins with those I hired to help me get my book to market because of a different expectation. And the industry doesn’t bother trying to enlighten you either. They just take your money and expect you to know all about the book business and industry standards. They thrive on misinformed authors.

    Anyway, I see you are having a great tour experience. Enjoy the rest of it.

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  3. Who doesn’t like a sizzling romance, especially in these days of a depressing news cycle. About traditional vs. self-publishing: I went with the latter because I have control over the writing and publishing + I own the rights to the book, a good feeling because it’s easier to make changes when warranted. Thanks, Jade, for hosting Jan on this amazing tour. 😀

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    1. Hi, Marian. I agree about loving a sizzling romance! 🙂 I certainly do. Thank you for your comment and I agree with your reasons to self-publish! I appreciate your support!

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  4. The only reasons I’d consider traditional publishing IS for the marketing because I suck at it, but they have really stopped helping in that area. Plus, I like having control over my stuff. Lol! Luckily, I don’t write books to become rich. Like you, it’s all about the story and sharing it with others. Great post, Jan. Thanks for hosting, Maven. 🙂

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    1. The control part is definitely a big difference between traditional and self-publishing, Yvette. While I think it would be awesome to have a million-seller book, that is definitely not the motivation to tell my stories. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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  5. Hi Jan, Hi Jade,

    Jan, many writers shy away from making a marketing plan, but it is necessary. You as the writer need to know where you want the book to land before you start selling. It doesn’t mean that it will land there but it does mean that you have a definite plan about how you want it to get there. Thanks for the info.

    Hi Jade,
    Nice meeting you. I am still getting to know all of the RRBC members. Thank you so much for hosting Jan.

    Wishing both of you the best for 2021.

    Shalom aleichem

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  6. On this leg of the tour, I am meeting someone new – enjoyed your site, “maven.” Jan, this was an interesting comparison, and answered many questions authors have. I have to say, I love the cover of your book and think the title is intriguing enough to attract attention. I know you will have great success!

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  7. Hi Jan, good editors sure bring polish and enhance the author’s voice. I’m flabbergasted when I pick up a book & find within the first couple of pages that it hasn’t been properly edited (or not at all!!!) – we owe it to our readers to give them a professional reading experience.

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    1. So true, Wendy. I feel the same and if I find typos on every page, I put the book down. My time is too valuable to waste on a poorly edited (or not edited at all) story. And I completely agree that we owe it to our readers to give them a great reading experience! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Believe me, Jan. I will go for Indie Publishing any time! I like to have control over my work, and if I am expected to do my own marketing even with Traditional Publishing, then, what’s the point? Thank you, Jade, for hosting her.

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    1. Thanks, Joy. Marketing is definitely the one thing that there is little if any difference between self-publishing and indie. It’s all up to the author. The biggest advantage for me was the editing and not having to pay for it all up front. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment!

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  9. ‘Ghostly Interference’ has captured my interest, Jan! Maybe I’ll win a copy. I will definitely put it on my TBR list. Thanks for sharing your publishing experiences, too. 😊

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  10. Blog Tour Maven, thanks for hosting!

    Jan, a nice article showing the differences between Indie and Traditional publishers. I remember back in the early 80’s after writing my first book, I shopped it to over a hundred publishers, including Jackie Kennedy’s company. At the time, there was no interest because Vietnam War stories were not popular and the public wanted to forget about it. The exercise was expensive and time-consuming…spending time at the library researching publishers, making copies of several chapters, cover letters, snail mail postage, return envelopes and stamps, etc. and only received hundreds of simple stock rejection postcards w/o comment in return. The title at the time was THE INGENIOUS SOLDIER.

    After three years, there was no interest until a lone publisher in Atlanta agreed to take a chance. However, he wanted me to rewrite the manuscript and change the story from 1st person POV to 3rd person. He also wanted me to change the title to CHERRIES. I spent the next two years in the rewriting process which was only 50% completed when I gave up. Remember, back then there was no internet, computers, email…a typewriter, carbon paper, and a chest-high stack of rewrites is all I had to work with. It sat idle for 25 years before I took it on again. And it was much easier this time! But, I took on this mystical process myself and pursued self-publishing.

    I do agree with Nonnie’s comment that a good editor will make or break your book and great editors do exist outside of the publishing business. I also learned all about audio recording, splicing, etc. when working together with a person to create an audiobook for CHERRIES. He narrated and I did all the work, editing, splicing, and submitted my finished tracks to Audible. For my next three books, I learned how to create book covers in Microsoft Word and did so for those books – using social media to help choose from several covers.

    If approached by a traditional publisher for works in the future, I’d turn them down. I also agree that marketing is the hardest part of publishing a book. #RRBC members have been a blessing and continue to help me get the word out.

    Sorry for the lengthy comment, but I thought it was a good example for this piece. Good luck, Jan! I’ll be stopping at the other three blogs today.

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    1. Thank you for your lengthy comment, John. It’s so interesting to see another author’s journey. I think the main thing is that you hung in there and did get your book published, then kept going. Things have certainly changed over the past twenty years and no longer do the traditional publishers rule the industry! It’s talented and dedicated authors like yourself who are helping to break the stigma of self-publishing! I don’t know how you got here (I’m sure that’s a story for another time) but I’m glad you did, because you are a great asset to RRBC/RWISA! It’s so great to learn more about you!

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  11. I enjoyed this post. Thanks for sharing the differences you experienced between self-publishing and the traditional route.

    And thanks for the shout-out from Nonnie in the previous comment. I’ve worked with a number of talented #RRBC writers and am blessed to be part of the RRBC/RWISA family.

    Susan
    myindependenteditor.com

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  12. Jan, the cover is compelling. You did a great job with the story. One may buy a book by the cover, but if you can’t grab someone in the first page, your lost. This is a good solid read. Maven this post on your blog is great.

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  13. Hi, Jan! I have been to two of the stops thus far and am enjoying your tour already!

    It’s awful that the editors you’ve used in the past caused you to feel that you weren’t getting the same level of professional editing that you feel you received with this publisher. I speak from experience in knowing that no matter how many rounds of editing you might go through, there is always the strong possibility that something will be missed. I definitely DO NOT subscribe to the notion that a traditionally published book will receive a much better edit than one that was edited by an editor who didn’t belong to a traditional publishing house. 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com offers very thorough editing services (between 4 editors) and I’m quite sure Susan Hughes offers quality editing as well, as I know her level of professionalism. Again, I’m sorry that you had the experience you did in the past that caused you to feel this way, but, I’m glad you got what you were hoping for!

    Have a great tour!

    Blog Tour Maven, thanks for hosting!

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Nonnie. I truly wish I had known about 4WillsPublishing and Susan Hughes from the very beginning. It would have saved me a lot of work and embarrassment. I totally understand what you are saying and I very much believe there are many editors out there who do great work and don’t charge thousands. I hope that any new author embarking on this journey of writing will see this and understand the importance of seeking out good editors!

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