We had friends over for dinner and, as usually happens in the presence of company, we were engaged in all sorts of discussion. As some time progressed, the topic turned to my book, "Give America A Chance; The Rants and Raves of an American Patriot."
We were discussing how things were moving along with regards to publishing. Although I have a very strong desire to release my book on July 4th, I haven't yet settled down on the method to publish.
My options sit between two categories: Traditional publishing and Self publishing. With traditional publishing, I would need an agent to represent me to a publisher. Literary agents have a 99% rejection rate. With self publishing, I control the speed at which my book gets published and have a 100% success rate of publication (sales are a different matter).
We were discussing these options as I mentioned the idea of a print-on-demand service. Essentially, I pay a fee to have my book formatted and uploaded into their system and they print out the necessary copies. Costs vary between very cheap and very expensive--you get what you pay for, though. I have been trying to seek out the perfect combination between price and quality.
One of my dinner guests, who shall remain nameless, casually mentioned that her mother has published some children's books and knows a cheap printing service... in China.
Pause for a moment here... This woman was being perfectly honest in her innocence.
I just stared at her.
And then she realized what she just said.
It's certaintly not that I don't appreciate her offer, but in the same sense, my mind thought, "did you seriously just say that?"
I will leave you with this... You get what you pay for.