Sunday, October 09, 2005

My Big Ideas

Why are my blogs always full of lists and quizzes? I feel the need to put my ideas down on paper, or else I'll lose them, somehow.

Okay, let's see:

1. Publishing company. I will publish
  • my own stuff
  • my friend's stuff that I think will sell
  • other folks' stuff that I think will sell
2. The company will eventually have the following divisions:
  • Educational literature
  • Romance fiction
  • Mainstream fiction
  • Calendars
  • How-To Nonfiction
  • For Adults Only (we gotta make money somehow)
3. I will offer a small advance, with a larger cut for royalties than most give. I won't pull a book from print after only a few months; I'll leave it in print as long as it is selling.

4.The "for adults only" division will publish both books and ebooks. The paper books will have a cover that is essentially the same for all of them. I'm not divulging that idea here, but it's a good one. Anyway, that will help save on set-up costs for the books when they are printed, if they all have essentially the same cover.

5. I don't know how I'm going to pay for the calendar artwork. The same as books, I suppose. I'll work that out later. Probably a percentage per calendar sold, with non-exclusive rights to publish the artwork.

Anybody wanna tell me what you think about these plans? Will they work? Will they not? What questions do you have? This will help me to solidify my vision.


  1. I have no idea if it will work or not (though I'm betting you can make it fly) but I LIKE the idea.
    What will you call your publishing company?

  2. Sharam Barnes Publishing. Both are names of our grandparents. I have almost published my first book, as well. It's an ebook, but I'm going to get ISBNs and everything, and have it listed on Amazon, etc. Why not?

  3. Anonymous6:36 PM

    It rocks, ma'am!

    And congrats on your wedding anniversary.


    PS: I know a good artist if you want original boyfriend draws in a comic-book anime type style, but he's not a hack. He's good. Leave me a note in your comments if you'd like to know more.