What is Co-Publishing?

Q: I’ve been to a few writing conferences and have heard several authors say they “co-published” their books. What does co-published mean? –Charles M.

A: A co-publishing agreement is one where the author and the publisher share publication costs to get the book in print. This is more common in poetry and experimental fiction than in others, but does happen in all walks of publishing. 

The bad news: It costs the author some money upfront to get the book published. The good news: The author gets a much, much bigger share of the profits. More risk is put on you as the author, but that risk can reap a higher reward. It’s a trade off you have to consider before diving in to this type of agreement.

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  1. Brenda J. Davis

    The Creation House co-publishing model allows authors with great concepts and ideas an opportunity to partner with a publishing industry leader. Yes, we do require the purchase of books from the initial print run, but we print anywhere from 500-1000 additional copies at our expense. These are marketed through our normal sales channels and represented to book buyers and distributors along with all our other projects. We pay industry standard royalties on all our trade sales. The author keeps all the profits from sales through his or her inventory. And, by the way, we do a terrific job on the front end, as well. We have award-winning designers, and our editors and production artists are tops. You cannot distinguish our co-published products from our conventional royalty books. We’re happy to put together a proposal for anyone who is interested. My email is: brenda.davis@strang.com.


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