Why would anyone want to publish with a company with four on staff? Four is a small number compared to the hundreds of employees in the larger companies. Why would anyone want to risk putting their book in the hands of a small company? I’ve asked myself that question many times, and I’m still looking for an answer.
Next month will mark our sixth anniversary. MRP was only started to publish my books. Now we do between fifteen and twenty books a year. I’m humbled by the people who want to publish with us. What do we do that is different from other publishers? We love our authors. We work with them. We hold their hand and guide them.
When we decided to open our business up to other authors, we wanted to be a place where first-time authors could find a home and learn to be an author. It’s a scary business to put you book up for others to see. When I began writing I was afraid to let anyone see my manuscript. It’s part of you, it’s your baby.
Our main focus is a good, well-written book. Our editors will help you to go through the editing process and explain why you should do certain things. We try to get you to be a more mature writer by eliminating those weasel words, just, so, then, that, and many more. We show you good grammar and punctuation. Punctuation changes constantly. Our editor is on top of it.
We also focus on a good book cover. Our cover designer is the best. I’d put her covers up with the big publishing companies, and the well-known cover designers. The formatting of our books is exceptional. When someone picks up one of our books, they have a professional copy.
Marketing is probably the hardest thing to do for new authors. It is scary. We encourage our authors to increase their friends on Facebook and other social media. We show them how to have a Facebook Release Party. They are also encouraged to have book signings, write blogs, get involved with several areas of publication. Your mouth works the best. You have to feel comfortable to tell people about your book. Go to conferences and meet people. For me, I prefer small conferences. There are some good ones around.
If no one knows you have a book published, no one will buy your book.