Frequently Asked Questions about Self-Publishing

What Differentiates Peanut Butter Publishing or Classic Day Publishing from the Giant U.S. Conglomerate Publishers, Such as Random House or Penguin Putnam?

They’re just bigger, is all. Seriously, Peanut Butter Publishing or Classic Day Publishing can offer to you nearly all the services that a large publishing house can provide. You maintain the artistic and financial control that you would lose with a large publisher and reap a much higher return on book sales. If you have a solid plan, you can do very well for yourself. Peanut Butter Publishing or Classic Day Publishing can put its experience to work for you on such a plan. We can help you minimize the risks and maximize the opportunities.

Why Is It so Difficult to Get Published Through Conventional Means?

According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the book publishing industry was a $23.7 billion industry last year and the number is growing every year. But despite the large number of books being published, the vast majority of them do not turn a profit. Simply put, there is a lot of competition and conventional publishers are unable or unwilling to take many chances on unknown or inexperienced authors. If you try to use a conventional publishing route, you could find yourself going through a painfully long, frustrating process that may ultimately end up in rejection.

What Is the Difference Between a Self-Publisher, a Small Publisher, and an Independent Publisher?

Very little, really. Peanut Butter Publishing or Classic Day Publishing fits all those descriptions. Sometimes the term “self-publisher” can apply to the person that writes a book and goes about independently finding designers, editors, printers, binders, etc.

If I Choose a Small Publisher, Why Should Peanut Butter Publishing or Classic Day Publishing Be My Choice?

According to Dan Poynter’s Parapublishing, there are over 86,000 small/self-publishers in the United States and each one publishes, on average, about seven books total. That’s total, not in one year. Peanut Butter Publishing or Classic Day Publishing has published nearly 1,500 titles over the last 44 years. We have the experience and personalized services to help you make quality decisions and achieve your goals.

Can I Really Achieve My Goals?

What are your goals? Who is your audience? What is your budget? How many should be printed? Who edits the book? Who designs the cover? How will it be marketed? What is the right price for the book? Peanut Butter Publishing or Classic Day Publishing can help you answer these questions and help you plan to meet your realistic goals. Oftentimes books aren’t made to make money, but created to expose a message, idea, or story that your audience has yet to experience.

Can You Help Me Get My Book in Bookstores or Sold on the Web?

Yes we can, but there are many things you should know, such as that all books sold to bookstores are returnable. There are a great number of misconceptions about book sales that an inexperienced author needs to understand. That is one of the reasons an established publisher like Peanut Butter Publishing or Classic Day Publishing can be so valuable to your efforts.

Can You Help Me Get My Book on Oprah or Other Book Clubs?

One of the things that we stress to less experienced authors is that they have realistic and attainable goals. Even if you were able to get a book on Oprah (which would be quite unrealistic), you would need to publish thousands and thousands of copies before it would be allowed to be promoted. Few people are ready to bear that type of risk.

Are There Other Advantages to Self-Publishing?

Several. Let’s talk about “speed,” “control,” and “economic potential”:

  • Speed: In the rare instances that you might get a manuscript published by a traditional publishing house, authors may wait for up to a year or more to see their work published. Peanut Butter Publishing or Classic Day Publishing can take a project from start to finish in a fraction of the time.
  • Control: Once a traditional publishing house buys a manuscript, the author will generally lose control over just about everything from the design, to the number of copies printed, to the marketing. It is quite possible for the content itself to be changed in a material fashion to fit into the publisher’s idea of what market it might reach.
  • Economic Potential: Typically, publishing royalties are six to 15 percent of the retail selling price. When you publish through Peanut Butter Publishing or Classic Day Publishing, you pay for the services you use up front and then receive 100% of the revenue generated by the books. If you have a solid plan in place, your income potential can be much greater than with a traditional publisher.

Is Peanut Butter Publishing Or Classic Day Publishing Competitively Priced?

Absolutely. With 86,000 small publishers in business, I am sure there will be some publishers priced a little lower, but those are generally the “cookie-cutter” outfits that want to whip out as many publications as possible with little regard to your total needs. When you engage Peanut Butter Publishing or Classic Day Publishing, you will not only get a fair price but will also begin to develop a long-term relationship designed to make your publishing experience a successful one. We’ll give you the very best, a book you’ll be proud of. We’re a boutique of sorts, not a vanity publisher who prints books in an assembly line fashion.

So, How Much Will It Cost?

There is no way to answer that question without discussing your individual project. Peanut Butter Publishing or Classic Day Publishing knows the right questions to ask. Our pricing will be fair and we will help you avoid potentially very costly mistakes by helping you plan the project from start to finish. Getting the very best out of a publishing house is usually not inexpensive, but in the end if you pay for the best than you will get it. We have an outstanding reputation and treat each project uniquely and with respect, therefore money is spent keeping those values at the core of our publishing process.

Why Are There Two Names, Classic Day Publishing and Peanut Butter Publishing?

Simply put, to provide a personal choice for our authors. We started as Peanut Butter Publishing but some of our authors thought the name should be more associated with children’s books. We like both names but it is the same company. There is a logo associated with each name, and the author may choose which best suits them and their work.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us; we’d be happy to spend time with you and address any issues you may have.

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