FAQ – Interview Why did you start the publishing company?
We started this publishing company due to the struggles Ladean had once she became a published author. It was an exciting day when Ladean got her first contract by email. Her story was going to become a book and we couldn’t be happier. After Ladean signed the contract, it became a new adventure in the publishing industry.
The first publisher was a POD (publish on demand). Her experience with the publisher was disappointing. It was really exciting to get the galley proofs until we started reading it and finding typos. While this is not uncommon, the publisher only allowed 100 corrections to be made! Ladean had to decide which mistakes were acceptable instead of just being able to correct all the mistakes. The galleys also showed a few very short chapters that Ladean wanted to make longer, but was not allowed to do that at this point in the process. Once the book was done, she had a real surprise when the publisher priced the trade paperback at a retail price of $24.95!! Then it was raised at one point to $29.95! Further disappointment came when the publisher didn’t offer any support for marketing. Ladean wrote her own press releases while Joe began setting up author events for her. We were successful with the book and The Keeper of Darkness was No. 1 on the publisher’s bestsellers list for eleven months!
The sequel followed, but Ladean held onto the manuscript for over six months because she didn't want to have the same experience. This time she selected a small press for the more personal touch, Ladean felt it was a good fit. All her concerns about the first publisher were discussed. After this contract was signed, the publishing process began. The first book wasn’t edited; the second book was over edited. In fact, the editor wanted to change so much about the main characters beliefs it would have made him a different person. The editor finally relented, but a lot of the “voice” of the book became the editor's instead of Ladean. Once the book was released, nothing happened. Literally, nothing. Promised marketing was not done, including press releases, book signings, etc. Again, Ladean and Joe picked up the marketing and spent a summer traveling to events in the Northeast that Joe had set up.
While searching for another new publisher, Ladean and Joe talked to another publisher who was willing to publish her next two book projects. During that conversation, the publisher suggested that with all that we knew about industry, the marketing that we had done, and the success we had with Ladean’s books, that we should consider opening our own publishing company. The publisher offered to do a joint venture and work with us to help the new company launch.
Open Door Publishers, Inc. was established to meet the needs of authors. Ladean and Joe want you to feel that we love your book as much as you do. We are here to answer your questions and help you through the publishing process.
Who are your authors exactly?
Our authors are people who want to accomplish their goals of being a published author! We consider books of all genres, from fiction to non-fiction, adult and children’s books. Your book will be carefully considered for publication. Not every book is accepted. But the first step is to submit your manuscript to our acquisitions department for consideration.
How are you different from other publishers?
What makes us different is that Ladean is a writer and writing is her passion. She knows what it feels like to want to write and be published. She knows what it feels like to hold that new book in her hand and knows how frustrating it is to not have the support needed in the process. Joe shares her vision of helping aspiring authors reach their publishing goals using their combined experience to make this a rewarding experience for each author. This is not a publishing mill where multiple books are being pushed out the door each day. But this is a family business where each author and book is treated with respect and care.
How quickly will I see my book in print?
It takes between a few months and a year. The time frame depends on how much time you put into returning requested information and getting the final pieces in place. Once we get your manuscript, it goes through an editorial phase. Then it moves onto production to lay the book in galley format. Once in galley form, it is important for you to make corrections and assure that it is final. After you sign off on the galleys, the book goes to print!! It is really an exciting day to see your book in galley format!
Based on everything I've read and heard about you, I know you're the one I want to publish through. How do we get started?
Congratulations on making a decision for success! We are happy to work with you to achieve your publishing goals. Here's what to do: Just email your query letter and manuscript to the team at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions, we'll be sure to get them all answered for you. We can't wait to read your book and get you started on your path to being a published author!!
Ok, I'm ready to do this for myself, but I have a couple of additional questions. Can I contact you?
Good, sounds like you're ready to be pulled into your future! Yes, if you have a couple of questions, just email the team at email@example.com. We can't wait to see you succeed and are honored to be the ones to help you. Let's get going!