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Postby gavilan » Sun May 25, 2008 9:15 am

can anyone give me suggestions re a potential publisher for the book ... it appears to be attracting more attention than I expected (and not just from A.com supporters!) and I need to find a publisher ... I do not have the money to fund a reprint and am going to crack up under the strain of marketing and distributing copies around the Axarquia and eslwhere!!!

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Postby katy » Sun May 25, 2008 9:17 am

There is the Writers and Artists year book which lists them. Or, try Chris Author of Driving over Lemons :idea:

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Postby Cassandra » Sun May 25, 2008 9:30 am

Santana Publishing, based in Malaga, I think. They publish English language books about Spain or novels set in Spain and I'm pretty sure they're the publishers of Driving Over Lemons. You should find them easily enough on a google search.

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Postby gavilan » Sun May 25, 2008 9:47 am

Santana turned me down over a year ago as they had already signed up David Baird ... will look at Writers and Artists Yearbook ... but was really hoping for a more specific suggestion as cannot afford to keep sending out copies on spec!

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Postby Grouser » Sun May 25, 2008 10:38 am

You might try talking to some of the bookshop owners who are keen on stocking your book. They may well be able to suggest relevant publishers.
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Postby katy » Sun May 25, 2008 10:53 am

I once read an article that stated there is not much chance of finding a good publisher unless a Publishers agent is used.

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Postby Grouser » Sun May 25, 2008 11:04 am

It's probably quite true Katy. In my limited experience, publishing is very much an old boy network. they go with who they know. However Gavilan does have the fact that the book is already published and some proof of popularity going for her.
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Postby bob » Sun May 25, 2008 11:06 am

In addition to the books, you should have received the lithos or the materials used to actually print the book, or they should be available from your publisher at your request.
Use them to make photo copies (in color) of selected pages that represent your book and put together 5-10 pages with a cover letter that includes sales stats and submit that.
And, yes, Katy is correct. Get yourself an agent. A publisher will probably trash it even if you send an SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope).
Google up agents and their requirements.

Let me know where I may purchase your book with a credit card, a friend in Baja wants one.

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Postby Cassandra » Sun May 25, 2008 12:05 pm

You've obviously got no hang ups about self-publishing so what about trying some of the bigger ones that will handle marketing and distribution for you.

Athena Press list on Amazon as well as distribute to independent bookshops, in fact I didn't even realise until I started to look at publishers recently that they were a self-publishing company! http://www.athenapress.com/about-us.php

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Postby gavilan » Sun May 25, 2008 12:29 pm

just got back from driving/delivering/selling more books ... thanks for your suggestions:
1. re an agent ... yes but how do I find one?!
2. bob's suggestion re creating a a 'summary' sample of the book ... yes a good one ... more work but would be cheaper than sending the whole thing!
3. ask at the bookshops who are stocking the book for ideas of potential publishers ... will do so
4. will investigate athenapress
5. also need a secretary to keep up with correspondence etc

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Postby gavilan » Sun May 25, 2008 12:40 pm

bob: sorry forgot to add that Pasa Tiempo bookshop in Torre del Mar takes credit cards

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Postby Cassandra » Sun May 25, 2008 2:29 pm

There's also http://www.lulu.com/uk/products/

I don't know a lot about them but they get good recommendations on a writers site I belong to and list travel books as one of the types of books they publish.

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Postby gavilan » Sun May 25, 2008 3:43 pm

... the problem with companies like athena and lulu is that I have gone too far! they want manuscripts pre printing stage and I am well beyond that! but have written to athena ... vamos a ver

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Postby safeashouses » Sun May 25, 2008 11:33 pm

:idea: The Grapes of Warmth by Mary Chiappe was printed by the Gibraltar Chronicle Ltd and published by Anna Brown Associates.

Unfortunately a google search for the publisher doesn't help but the Gibraltar Chronicle may be able to give you contact details.

Might be worth a try anyway and good luck.

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Postby gavilan » Mon May 26, 2008 12:58 pm

re potential agents and publishers: have been re-discovering the problem/response I had when approaching such agencies originally ie is it a history book or a guide book? different companies specialise in different topics ... and mine is a combination which makes life difficullt! I would be interested to hear from those of you who have seen the book how you would classify it? many thanks

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Postby JAWG » Mon May 26, 2008 3:15 pm

This is not meant as a smartass comment. But from what I have read here on A.com, I would classify it as an Historical Guide Book. It seems to me that it guides one from place to place with a historical write-up of each place. But being in Canada, I haven't read the book.
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Postby Cassandra » Mon May 26, 2008 3:22 pm

I know their a huge publisher so probably hard, if not impossible, to get into but what about Dorling Kindersley? They produce travel books - Eye Witness Guides - and also historical/educational books so are bound to have some that cross both genres.

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Postby gavilan » Mon May 26, 2008 4:52 pm

Cassandra: I took a deep breath and posted a copy to Eyewitness Guides this very morning!
JAWG: I like your evaluation of the book ... can post you a copy of you like!

thank you all for your ideas and comments ... now I will just have to plod away at finding a publisher ... will let you know if any shows interest ... again many thanks ... bye for now

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Postby Cassandra » Mon May 26, 2008 9:57 pm

gavilan wrote:Cassandra: I took a deep breath and posted a copy to Eyewitness Guides this very morning!
Great minds think alike :D

Good luck with finding someone!

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Postby JAWG » Mon May 26, 2008 10:52 pm

JAWG: I like your evaluation of the book ... can post you a copy of you like!

Thanks for the offer. But I know absolutely nothing about the area and we are highly unlikely to return to Spain. I could go as far as to say we will not be returning to Spain. We love the country but the flight is too hard on my wife's very bad back. Last two times, we had to fly Business Class and we can no longer afford the $12,000 + just for the flight. (Plus accommodation, plus car rental.)
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