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How to Write Your Memoirs' by Ina Hillebrandt...Makes writing your life histories fun!
Don't bug 'em!
Gift Mom 'n' Dad!

 

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Find great gifts at our online PawprintsShop, including journals and mouse pads to inspire you and your muse!



'Pawprints' by Ina Hillebrandt, purr-fect pet humor gift book to aMUSE kids and adults, age 6-106

 

'Of Politics, Ladies and Bagels,' by Gene Zahn

 

'Stories From The Heart,' by Footprints Writing Club members

 

 

'How to Write Your Memoirs,' by Ina Hillebrandt

 

Go East, Young Man, Go East, a wonderful memoir of the eary days of Saudi oil,by Alan Tichenor

 

'Sensual Spirit,' a book of sublime poetry by Chrystine



Pawprints -- The Student Prints, curriculum guide for Pawprints Literac Plus


'The Angel Chronicles,' by J.K. Johnson, mystery and romance on another plane

Pawpress Publishing Services for Authors

Traditional Publishing at Pawpress

 

What is traditional publishing? The publisher contracts with the author to pay for book writing services. Typically the publishing company seeks material that falls within its catalog's book categories (ex., biographies, fiction, etc.).  Some publishers contract with known authors to write on particular topics. Publishers typically provide an upfront fee, or advance, against future sales, though this is becoming less common, particularly if the author is an unknown. The author is also given a small share of the proceeds, or royalty. As an author, you can negotiate for subsidiary rights, such as publishing in foreign languages, movie rights, etc.

 

Pawpress started as a traditional publishing company. Our founder published Ina Hillebrandt's first book, Pawprints. We were thrilled when it became an Amazon.com bestseller, and the foundation of a literacy program, Pawprints Literacy Plus, building literacy skills and kindness to animals with children grades 1-12, and life enrichment to seniors through writing and Spoken Word performance. Though we are planning to develop more traditional projects, with funding partners in future, we are not seeking to fund more traditional books in 2008. Please do not submit to us if you are looking for such a contract.

 

Self publishing at Pawpress...Since 2005. Update 2016.

 

The stigma of self-publishing is really much less than it used to be, with famous authors choosing to go this route. An author does need to lay out the upfront costs, but ultimately stands to make a much higher profit. If you have tired of trying to find a large traditional publisher, or are unwilling to wait the long amount of time it can take to get a project approved via traditional means (finding an agent, having the agent find the publisher), then self publishing may be for you. In this type of publishing, the costs initially for the author include print, editing, design and other items needed to publish his or her book. Turnaround time is relatively quick, depending on how much editing and design work needs to be done. Costs vary depending on how finished the project is when it is submitted. As more authors with such needs have approached us, we decided to expand our services in the self-publishing publishing) arena.

 

What services does Pawpress offer authors who wish to self-publish? We offer the services below to those wishing to publish using our imprint or preferring to set up their own press.*

 

  • Editing
  • Scans (photos or other graphics)
  • Layout and design of interior of book
  • Cover design, including attention to marketing detail on front and back cover as well as spine
  • ISBN numbers (to be able to list in Books in Print, so that people around the world can find your book)
  • Preparation of content about your book and you for listing in Books in Print (BIP); doing the actual uploads to BIP via our Pawpress account
  • Bar codes (so that resellers can stock and sell your book) -- if you decide to publish as an individual, you can usually obtain the bar code free from the printer. Be sure to ask!
  • Library of Congress (LOC) number and catalog description (content is accessible to librarians and booksellers around the world, helping them to place your book among their other titles appropriately, and helping establish your credibility as an author). Note: as an author of only your own book(s), you will be able to get a Library of Congress number, but not a catalog classification
  • Prepress -- preparation of interior and cover for printer. Requires time and attention to much detail to insure layout, any graphics and copy are properly printed, at the right resolution, so that the look is professional
  • Overseeing of print production process, including going over proofs (you will also see proofs to be sure everything you wanted is as you wanted it)

 

  • Conversion for eBooks -- Kindle and other eBook sellers.
  • Marketing and distribution: Even if you have been published by a large traditional publishing house, almost all authors find that not only do they have to spend time marketing to sell their books, they also have to spend money of their own.

At Pawpress, we will work with you to define potential audiences for your book. We will also produce, as noted above, targeted content for listing in BIP. In addition, your title will be made available to customers by Amazon.com and other online resellers, and eBooks for Kindle, iTunes and other eTailers. You will be represented by wholesaler Baker & Taylor and in some cases Ingram. We will be happy to talk with you about specialty markets if these are appropriate to your books. This could be an advantage to you in many respects over bookstore marketing -- if usually means buyers pay for your books outright, and there are no returns.

 

We also will put your book up on our website, which gets over 100,000 hits per month.

"One sheet" -- this is a page used to promote your book in our catalog and at trade shows. You will get copies to hand out to your friends to help promote your book. We can also work with you to create bookmarks, postcards and other marketing items to help you sell.

 

Press release: we can produce press releases for you and you can send them or hire a PR person to do so, or we can do the whole process for you. This is a fee-based service, depending on your budget and needs.

 

* If you wish to publish under our imprint, we do require the following of potential subsidy or self-published authors:

 

  • The book is a quality project, good concept, written well

  • The book fits in with our titles...we might consider another category, but we prefer the books fit with the rather large number of categories Pawpress currently represents

  • The author is committed to the project.

  • This means you are willing to print enough books to give you a chance of success in the market, which means some are reserved for promotion. Exact numbers can be discussed.

  • It also means you will put time, and if needed, budget into promoting your book. We have experience in marketing (Ms. Hillebrandt was a Fortune 500 marketing/strategic planning consultant for more than 20 years.)
  • You are willing to accept that the first run, which costs more than subsequent print runs, may well not net you any profit. Where you can look to generate income is in repeat runs. The out-of-pocket costs that are not repeated include editing, design of both interior and exterior, costs to create BIP listing and Library of Congress designations, creation of original press release and design of collateral marketing materials such as bookmarks. Even setup fees at printers are much reduced and sometimes nonexistent on subsequent print runs, once the initial steps are completed in the first print run.
  • While it is true the the first runs don't usually net profit, we are very proud of first-time author J.K. Johnson, who has proved to be a dynamo at marketing her first, hardcover book. In its first few weeks after coming out, she sold several hundred copies, estimates a sizeable profit after all expenses, and a second trade paperback run in January.

*The pros of selecting Pawpress for your book project

 

  • Pawpress is run by an author, Ina Hillebrandt, with an author's sensitivity and understanding of what you are going through in navigating the publishing waters.

  • We now have fourteen titles in print, two of them subsidy books, with two more subsidy books due for release winter-spring 2008. We also have several others in the pipeline as sponsored or traditional projects.

  • Hillebrandt's own book, Pawprints, achieved Amazon.com top seller status. The second in the series of collections of her students' works, Stories From The Heart, Vol. 2, was also named a bestseller by Amazon.com. Obviously we cannot guarantee either numbers of sales or such ratings, but at least we made it twice so far!

  • We also will put your book up on our website, which gets over 100,000 hits per month.
  • We have experience with producing books in a variety of formats. Our upcoming subsidy books will be done in high quality offset. One will be black and white interior pages, full color cover, hardback with jacket, with a planned first print run of 1500 books. Our other new subsidy book will be done in full color, large format, soft cover with French flaps (folded inside front and back 3" flaps); it will be done in a museum quality finish.

  • We also have print suppliers who can produce top quality, highly professional books, both POD (Print on Demand) and offset printing. We will be happy to discuss the pluses and minuses of various printing options with you. Questions include how many books to print, depending in part upon cost vs. realistic retail sales price, and in part upon potential markets for your book.

The cons of going with any subsidy publisher

It is harder to get reviews from the big reviewers if yours is a subsidy book. However, with more and more established authors self-publishing today, you can still get persuasive reviews that can be put on your book and in marketing materials. We can advise and sometimes help with such reviews.

 

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Pawpress is proud to announce our new baby -- You Are Who You Eat. Illustrated by the delightful Dedini!

'You Are Who You Eat,' THE book of cannibal jokes & diet tips, with cartoons by Dedini

On sale June 8. Pre-order now!

PRE-LAUNCH BONUS: When you sign up for your copy, we'll put you  on our VIC list (Very Important Cannibals). You'll get tastes of cannibal jokes and cooking tips from the book before it's available to mere mortals.

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