A first-time author with a view to publishing his/her work is faced with a minefield of options, and sometimes confusing information. Brave authors who step out of the shadows with their masterpieces in hand often have no idea what to do once they’ve wrapped up their project.
I came across an American author who was led to believe that he was not ‘allowed’ to publish or use the publishing services of a non-US company. I was rather stunned to learn this and, having never heard of this before, I’d like to know if there is any truth to it. Thanks to modern technology and the World Wide Web, product and service providers are now available to a global market.
To the best of my knowledge, authors can use any publishing services company they choose, regardless of their location on the globe. Factor in that we, as a South African company, charge in rands instead of dollars or pounds, which means that overseas authors actually score, because of the exchange rate. You would save a small fortune.
I’m sure there are many publishing companies and service providers who would benefit from prospective clients thinking that they can’t use non-American services. I know SA authors who use American or UK publishers, without detriment. If this is the case, how do authors get to publish and sell their books to a global audience?
Self-publishing is so easy these days, and you can do it from anywhere, as long as you have a computer and internet access. Check out Fireblade Publishers as well as Vanessa Finaughty Books, a very informative writers’ forum. We provide plenty of free information and are working on a series of (mostly) free DIY guides for authors. We will continue to add to what is already available. Why do we do this, you ask? We are authors too and we know how tough it can be to find useful information about publishing services. Remember, you are the publisher, but we help you to perfect the final product.
We’d love to hear your thoughts, particularly if you, too, have heard that it’s illegal to use the services of a company outside the one in which you reside. Is there, in fact, any truth to this? We seriously doubt it, but then, we’re not well versed in other countries’ laws.