When an author considers publishing their work, they’re faced with a very large and daunting choice: where will they publish?
The decision is one that can control the future of their writing career for the next three to five years, sometimes longer. We’re all given the same three options: Query agents with the hopes of landing a contract with a traditional publisher, query editors of independently labeled publishers, or self-publish.
Each of these options has their strengths and pitfalls. Large, traditional publishers have the money and expertise to advertise your book, place it on the shelves of chain-retailers around the world, and even pay you a small advance (which seems to be disappearing) so that you can cut back on your day-job and focus on your next novel. The downfall is loss of almost all control of your artistic vision. You have no say in the cover art, how the book is portrayed in marketing, and in extreme cases (as has been proven by a Publisher whose name will not be mentioned here), can even be fired from writing your own series.
In self-publishing, you’re met with the exact opposite problem. You retain all control, but you are stuck footing the bill with your own out-of-pocket money. You have to spend a great deal of time learning how to edit, format, design, upload, and market all on your own—or you have to page large sums of cash to have someone else do it for you. You have to be business savvy. You have to balance your time between selling the book you already wrote and producing more books. Each is a full-time job.
To the new, striving writer, independent publishers often sound like a happy medium between traditional and self-publishing. However, once you’re locked in with a contract, most authors are deeply disappointed by the pitfalls that plague independent publishers. Most independent publishers will take a 60% royalty cut just as traditional publisher do, but they fail to help their authors with marketing. They simply can’t afford to. Most are managed out of the owner’s home as a hobby or side-business. Sure, they do the work formatting, designing, publishing, and distributing your book for you, but you’ll often find the independent publisher does not distribute to chain-retailers or book stores. They only reach as far as the online vendors, which any self-published author can do. So why pay them the same percentage as a traditional publisher when they are only doing a fraction of the work? You are still on you own with marketing and trying to grow your career.
That is, until now.
PDMI Publishing LLC, is an independent, traditional publisher. Yes, you read that right. PDMI’s owners go above and beyond, breaking the borders and blurring the lines between traditional, independent, and self-publishing, to bring you the best there is to offer in a paradigm that is always changing. PDMI works hard to get your books out there, into brick and mortar stores, on tables at book expos, and everywhere between. But they also realize that times have changed. The future is now, and that means e-books and a strong online presence.
“PDMI Publishing LLC, likes to help train their authors in the ways of blogging and marketing, giving them an overall advantage in the market. In order to accomplish this, PDMI implements principles from The WANA Way, founded by best-selling author and renowned blogger Kristen Lamb.”
Daven Anderson, Author and Marketing Manager for PDMI
PDMI knows they are only as successful as their authors. Therefore, they are willing to teach their authors how to market and offer online classes, workshops, and guidance. PDMI knows that your vision is important and they value you as an artist. You are involved in every step of the production process and nothing is published without your approval. PDMI works as a team, utilizing their authors’ strengths and giving them opportunities to grow within the company as editors, illustrators, and marketing mentors because they know you’re more than just a writer.
PDMI aims to make your dream a reality in the best way possible by helping you grow into the best author possible.
Editorial: Stacey Brewer – Managing Editor for PDMI Publishing, LLC