Online Book Publishers
Since we are selling books, we should look before we leap, carefully, at Book Publishing Companies. This is an online book publishing review. This is a labor of love for me in this instance. It is likely going to be longer than my usual post. I want the story adequately told.
I met a couple of friends a few years back. One of them wrote a highly acclaimed book on self publishing. That book was among three books my dad bought me in around 2005, trying to encourage me to finish writing my first book. The title of Mark Levine’s book, “The Fine Print of Self-Publishing” by Mark Levine. The book, as far I am concerned is a must read for anyone who wants to self-publish a book or publish a book period.
The “Fine Print” Revealed
In that book, Mark spells out the good and the bad of the self publishers in an industry that has many good people. But there are the “characteristically challenged” (my creation) among them as well. Mark, has published the sixth edition, now of this most beneficial volume. Mark, is the former owner of Mill Street Press, a successful self-publishing company. He has moved on now, to be President of “Hillcrest Media Group.”
In the book, Mark, disclosed his high regard for booklocker.com and the owners Angela and Richard Hoy. Two people I have come to regard very highly myself, through personal experience. Mark relays the facts, of reasonably priced self publishing packages offered by booklocker. Further that there is no attempt to sell you ball caps, koozies, napkins with your picture on it, to enrich your publisher, when you become a member of the “family of booklocker authors.”
Angela and Richard are in this for more than money, enjoying higher ideals. The cost was less than half of what the other “slick” publishers wanted, with the publicists, expensive template (not custom) assembly line, inferior cover designs, beach umbrellas (exaggeration) but I did hear about koosies and ball caps. Not at booklocker. Just what I need another closet full of junk, from some publisher, that no one wants. Every author receives Angela and Richard’s free PDF book:
Free Copy of 90 DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book’s Daily Marketing Plan by Angela and Richard Hoy (PDF). (can’t share this link, family only, by the contract) But it IS for sale here.
More From Mark in “The Fine Print …”
Further Mr. Levine reveals that while others will take people’s money, publish and print books no one will ever read, at booklocker.com, not every manuscript that arrives with a check attached is chosen for publishing. The publishing experience I enjoy still, was foretold to me by Mark Levine.
The big attraction was the quote, after speaking highly of the cost issues, the lower price of the high quality printing and industry standard 9 x 11 paperbacks, he said this about the packages and royalties paid by booklocker.com:
“As close to perfection as you’re going to find in the world of e book and POD publishing. The e book royalties are the highest I’ve ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and has put together a package that is the best in the business. You can’t go wrong here.” Mark Levine.
The Phone Conversations
I called Mill Street Press, after I read The Fine Print of Self-Publishing, to investigate his claims. It was very apparent, I was not talking to a carnival barker, offering me a 30 cent stuffed seal. I explained my position and what I wanted to publish. A book called : “The Winner’s Corner” about predicting, to a thousand people, and subsequently, winning twice in federal court, without an attorney (2003). True story. My life IS an open book.
I was looking at a $ 2400.00 package he offered with a publicist, and all the bells and whistles available, in the fight to promote a book. No koozies or umbrellas. He spoke to me that day of “wisdom being the better part of valor.” He suggested an approach more in line with my entire situation. I was refreshed and surprised he had not gone for the big bucks trying to reel me in like the as yet uneducated upstart author with a strong story to tell.
I mentioned booklocker, to him, and my hesitance to be tested in rejection so early in my attempts to write. He said the quality had to be there in my writing or it was not going to fly, in essence. Ten years later after studying the Bible and the mathematics precisely falling on the timeline of history, I wrote a book laying it all out. I picked up the phone and called booklocker.com.
I was blown away, in that first conversation with Angela, realizing I was speaking to the boss. Angela was very nice to me when I explained my maniuscipt, “Misquoting Logic.” I told her, “I’m Tough as nails, Fast on my Feet, And at home in the jungle.” She encouraged me to submit the manuscript. I told her it isn’t quite finished. She said, send it and we will read it and then we’ll go from there.
The Submitted Manuscript
I could tell Angela liked me. I like her too. We hit it off, famously. I sent my near completed manuscript over the secure internet connection. An hour or so later, I was accepted for publication. She explained to me when I called her back, they did not have time to read every submission completely, but if they started reading and wanted to keep reading it’s a winner.
When I got off the phone, I told my wife and my brother, hey, I can write. The contract was very good and easily met what Mark Levine told me to look for, so I signed it and do not regret it. All the files and the work, including the cover is mine, without giving up the rights to my work. All the electronic files for the E book as well.
Once it was approved, the E book was published, a couple weeks later after formatting. Then the paperback was published. I went and saw it on booklocker’s website. Then amazon. Right there with Bart Ehrman’s book, Misquoting Jesus.
I had gotten permission from Dr. Mark D. Roberts (Harvard Educated, Fuller Seminary Professor) to quote him from his book, “Can We Trust The Gospels?” (GO HERE TO GET HIS BOOK) to refute the textual critic, Dr. Ehrman. I’m a mechanical engineer, not a theologian. Mark was an asset to the Lord, the book and myself, in bringing recognized authority to the table toward refuting Dr. Ehrman. He also has my admiration and thanks.
Serving Writers and Creators
The “how to” aspect and intelligent counseling demands that I promote booklocker.com, and Angela’s professionalism. You do not want to deal with an unscrupulous publisher whether self published or traditionally published. She is very definition of integrity in all she approaches.
When she found out our daughter was pregnant and dreading another C-Section, Angela sent her a copy of her book, HERE: “Don’t Cut Me Again Doc” by Angela Hoy. Heather did not have anymore C-Sections.
Point of this is to encourage you to enjoy the same great self-publishing experience, I have had. Also, if you have written and published with “booktrampNOTcom” (I made it up) Angela offers you help to escape through the flames, and she will show you how it is supposed to be done. You will be refreshed.
Angela publishes a trade EZine Writer’sWeekly.com that issues warnings about publishers on the run (Tate Publishing … federal charges)” “publishers on the ropes” and those publishers who are best avoided. There in WritersWeekly . There are myriad freelance writing opportunities aimed at all levels, desiring to be freelancers, or for seasoned pros.
Angela has little tolerance for lousy query letters because she loves us and wants us to be successful. You will not get a writing job with a poorly executed query. Her E books, are provided (your choice of one) free for subscribing to her free EZine. Angela knows: “You do not get a second chance to make a first impression.”
Her books, One “Query Letters That Worked! Real Queries That Landed $2K Writing Assignments, SECOND EDITION”; Or Two, “Book Proposals That Worked Real Book Proposals That Landed $10 – $100k Publishing Contracts – SECOND EDITION” are provided (your choice) free for subscribing to her free Writer’sWeekly EZine.
No she does not sell your information to her authors, I’d bet there are publishers who do. She’s way above that sort of thing. Your privacy will never be compromised.
What I Really Think
Here is what I really think of Mark Levine, his book, Angela Hoy and booklocker.com About Page at booklocker spontaneously written in a book review on Goodreads.com:
“Quoted from Goodreads with permission from Chris Queen: “I did, however, take (Mark Levine’s) advice ten years later inasmuch as he highly recommends Angela and Richard Hoy, and BookLocker.com, a Print on Demand (POD) publisher. Levine’s advice was excellent and he says if you can find a POD publisher paying a higher royalty than BookLocker then go with it. Angela Hoy has already proven to be a good friend, as her husband also, and she writes a weekly e-zine called WritersWeekly that I highly recommend. Angela has recently written articles about the defunct Tate Publishing (Federal Charges Pending for Tate Officers). Mark Levine has written an excellent book, and provides needed information for Indie Writers. Tell Angela Hoy I sent you.- Chris Queen, author – Misquoting Logic: What Bart Ehrman Forgot To Tell You About The Coming Apocalypse And Your Place In It – http://booklocker.com/books/9247.html” End of my quote!
My Best Educated Advice, Take Their Advice
My hope is that I have communicated effectively, concerning the integrity of Mark, Angela and booklocker.com. The best advice of Mark led me to Angela and booklocker.com. Angela then gave me advice to examine Wealthy Affiliate to learn the online business side of promoting my books.
I am expanding my view a bit to include creators of other arts and media, as well.
My Opinion: You will never go wrong taking the advice of Mark Levine now CEO of Hillside Multimedia, and also the advice of Angela Hoy of booklocker.com.
If you are looking for REAL in your life’s experience, then come and join us. This review is true. The story is true. The story is mine. Chris Queen. 04/21/2020.