Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Difference between Publishing and Producing of Books

You have a manuscript and would like to get it published in bookform? 
Read here what your options are.

Paria Publishing's publishing arm specializes in books about the history of Trinidad and Tobago. We would hardly consider any other material for publication. Our actual publishing activites are very limited; maybe one or two books a year. Our distribution is exclusively to some retailers in Trinidad, and online via amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

However, if you have a manuscript on any topic that you wish to self-publish, in which case you need to finance the publication, then we can give you a quotation what this would approximately cost. 

The first thing that you need to understand is the difference between publishing and producing. He who pays is the publisher. So if you have written a book and you are now paying to get illustrations, book design and printing done, then you are a self-publisher and you retain the rights to your publication.

The producer of the book works for a fee, but has no rights to the publication. Producing means seeing about all the steps required that get the manuscript to the finished book.

You can also submit your manuscript to a publisher to publish this book for you. In this case, you give up all say with regards to the production of the book (i.e. choice of illustrator, what the book looks like etc.), and the distribution channels. All you would receive are royalties as the books are sold.

Paria Publishing usually undertakes to be the producers for your book, not the publishers. In that case, we do the design and layout of the book and see about getting it printed and delivered to you. You can then organize the distribution of your book. For this, Paria Publishing charges a fee for design and layout, and the printers charge for the printing.

So if you are a budding self-publisher, get in touch with us to produce your book for you!

Some of the self-publishers/authors for whom we have produced books are:

• LeRoy Clarke
• Jackie Hinkson
• Andy Campbell
• Esmond Farfan
• Garth Lyder
• Ana Ferreira
• Jonathan de la Rosa
• George Brizan
• Naparima Girls High School
• Beverley Steele
• Kathy Hosein
• Ryan James
• The Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago

and many more!

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