What I Didn’t Realize About Self Publishing With POD – A. William Benitez @positiveimaging
What I Didn’t Realize About Self Publishing With POD
I started self publishing many years ago, in the field of housing, long before the advent of POD and published quite a few books that sold reasonably well. In 2007 when my wife Barbara wrote a great children’s chapter book she was unable to get a publisher willing to take it. I decided to use my experience of years ago to publish it for her and that’s when I learned about POD. We sold quite a few of her book Lottie’s Adventure and I learned a great deal about POD and decided to write and publish some of my own books.
I quickly realized that there was some resistance to self publishing but thought that it would pass in time. Perhaps the resistance has gone down a little but I still notice that it is often viewed as a stigma on the publishing business. Recently I read a post on a publishing blog asking why these self publishers don’t go away and let the real publishers handle the business. I found that an extraordinarily narrow and negative point of view.
Most self publishers seem to see it as a business and publish with the intent of profit. That has been my motivation for every book I’ve written or simply published for someone else. As a one person business my sole focus as I proceed through the writing or just the publishing of a book is to produce a quality product that readers will buy so that I and the writers I’ve worked with can profit.
Since those are certainly the motives of most if not all publishers, why the negative view of our work. Certainly there are self publishers who produce junk and in most cases it simply does not sell and the market takes care of things.
As to POD, it is simply one way to handle the business of producing books for readers. Is the quality of POD books as good as that produced by a traditional publisher? I doubt that it attains the same level of quality but the covers look good and they are perfectly readable if the work on them is done properly. If the reader finds the book satisfactory and enjoys reading it, what difference does it make how it was published? I handle all my own covers and format all my books and then use a POD printer to produce the book and handle all the fulfillment of orders. That works for me and all of my books meet high standards of quality and satisfy my readers and reviewers.
So why does this process still involve a stigma? In spite of the ever growing popularity of self publishing, it’s still a negative to many. A good friend of mine, whom I helped to self publish a book, still seems pessimistic about self publishing even after publishing his own book. The book turned out quite good even though it isn’t selling well. He is appreciative of my publishing help and the quality of his book but still seems to view self publishing as a stigma.
Recently, while we were discussing my wife’s book and complimenting her on the great story and the quality of the book, which I published in 2007, he told her to find a real publisher to market it successfully. He meant well but, as publisher of the book, it disturbed me a little. Since it was high praise for the book and a wonderful evening, I avoided starting a discussion about the merits of self publishing.
Obviously, he thinks that a traditional publisher would do things with the book of an unknown writer that we didn’t do. Actually, unless a writer is famous, traditional publishers do little marketing for books they publish. After a few preliminary actions they turn it over to the author to market alone.
I believe that it’s time for writers and publishers to stop this negativity. Regardless of the reasons for writing and publishing a book, if done professionally, self publishing can equal and even exceed traditional publishing. Whether someone self publishes for profit or simply to see their name in print, if the book is informative or entertaining and well marketed, the publishing method is irrelevant.
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Relationship: Notes on Love, Mutual Respect, Boundaries, Marriage, and Divorce
by A. William Benitez
When I decided to write this book on relationship, my wife Barbara was surprised and cautioned me by saying that she would not dare write such a book because it was such a varied topic with so many nuances. That scared me because she is certainly more qualified to write about relationship than I am. I hesitated for a while but then I jumped in.
I have written about relationship before but was not satisfied with the results but now, for some unknown reason, I felt ready to tackle this huge topic and feel good about this book. I don’t see myself as an expert on relationship but I definitely have a lot to share that may be helpful to others.
The book contains ten chapters including What is Love, What is A Good Relationship, Fostering and Nurturing Relationships, Harming Relationships, Mutual Respect, Boundaries, Marriage, Breakups and Divorce, Helpful Tips, Final Thoughts, plus a Preface and an Introduction.
What Is Love?
Love is essential in relationship so before writing this book I needed a clear definition of love. What is love? Asking that question of everyone you know and you would surely hear many different answers. I’m certain that would be the same if asking many writers on the topic. Clearly, coming up with a definition of love is no small task. Once you ask the question and come up with all those definitions of love, some will seem quite accurate and most will probably contain at least a kernel of truth. It would be no surprise if most individuals believed their definition was right on target and more accurate than most. Some may actually sound really good because they fit in with some of our own beliefs or feelings about love.
In spite of our feelings, and how good some of these definitions sound to us, some of them may not ring true to a few of us because love’s nuances vary so much with each individual. In spite of all our efforts, love sometimes seems to defy any single definition. That’s the reason I was so hesitant to create my own definition of love, but I felt it was absolutely necessary to refer to one clear definition of love, with which I was comfortable, to write this book.
Even though this wasn’t the first time I tried to develop a viable definition of love, it wasn’t any easier. With all my previous attempts it seemed that I always wound up describing what love isn’t instead of what it is. That seemed like a much simpler task, but it just wasn’t enough to be part of this book and after several attempts I finally came up with the following definition.
Definition of Love
Love is caring for another person enough to want for her what she wants for herself, even if what she desires is not in your best interest.
With a quick read this may seem like a simple, straightforward definition that most can accept. After all, most individuals would say they want what is best for their partner. When reading carefully, it becomes obvious that it’s not that simple because it’s not solely about what you want for your partner, it’s actually about what your partner wants for herself. It can still be simple if you want what your partner wants but what if she wants something you don’t believe is best. Would you be willing to accept what she wants? If you believe she’s making a mistake, perhaps you could be convincing enough to change her mind. But what if you fail? Would you be willing to accept her choice under those circumstances? Does this definition still seem simple to you? Things could become much more complicated and your answer may affect the long-term happiness of your relationship.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I spent most of my adult life self-employed after being born into the construction business. I worked with my father and then spent more than ten years as a general contractor, building homes and commercial buildings in Tampa, Florida.
For more than twelve years, I worked as a government official running housing related programs for the City of Tampa and then operated a publishing and consulting business on housing rehabilitation. During this time, I testified on this subject before the Housing Sub Committee of the U.S. Congress.
For several years, I operated an active woodworking business in Tampa, Florida and then in Austin, Texas. My cabinets, furniture, and carvings can be found in private homes, businesses, churches, and public buildings in both cities.
In 1996, I began working for the Hyatt Regency in Austin, Texas and am now the IT Manager.
In 2007 I established a new writing and publishing business called Positive Imaging, LLC and now write and publish how to books.
My first marriage ended after 17 years and I remained single for 14 years before marrying Barbara. We have been married over twenty-three years and share a happy and healthy relationship. We now live in Austin, Texas.
I learned a great deal from my first marriage and other relationships. However, my years with Barbara have been my most valuable learning and growing experience and definitely the happiest years of my life.
All the information in this book is based on my first-hand experiences, a small amount of research, and discussions with other couples. I sincerely hope that you will find it of real value in your own relationships. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at: