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Subject: Any Recommendations on Self Publishing Co. ?
Date Posted: 12/14/2008 12:05 PM ET
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Anyone have a recommendation or good experience with a self publishing firm?
Perhaps one that specializes in children’s books?
There are an overwhelming number out there and I have discovered Blurb is of limited utility so I am looking for help in weeding out the chaff and finding a good self publishing company for children’s books. 


Last Edited on: 12/14/08 5:16 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/14/2008 9:41 PM ET
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Does Lulu do childrens books? if they do then I would use them and make sure you get the option to use their vendors IE baker and taylor and Ingram etc. This way you'd be able to get your books into about anyplace.  Loads of libraries buy from these vendors.  Though you could also try a traditional publisher, you never know what they are looking for.

Subject: Thank You, Once Again
Date Posted: 12/14/2008 10:33 PM ET
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I will check that out tomorrow.   You are a wealth of help.

Bill

Date Posted: 12/16/2008 4:29 PM ET
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Bill...I understand that Amazon has it's own self-publishing company now.

Date Posted: 12/16/2008 4:33 PM ET
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Sorry, I guess you already know that. I've had no power for five days (Maine ice storm) so I'm catching up. Have you looked into the companys Writer's Digest seem to support?

Date Posted: 12/16/2008 4:57 PM ET
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If you have already read the writers beware website here is a http://www.sfwa.org/beware/printondemand.html 

I find this site to be great help, no matter where I go I check back there and see if its the real deal or not.

Subject: Sometimes simply asking is enough
Date Posted: 12/16/2008 10:04 PM ET
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I am delighted with the willingness of people to help when asked.  Thank you again xengab, btw what does that mean?

SnowKitty, my guess ice is nowhere near as much fun as snow.   We had a serious ice storm last decemeber and it cost me a whole bunch of trees, the resultant tree guy coming out and then in the spring the stump grinding guy.   I still have broken branches way up in some of the older trees that broke and never made the ground.   After I paid out all of the cash to the tree guys, I decided I would wait and see if the remaining branches decided to fall.  Hmmph, too many of them are still hanging around.  :-)

Thanks again for the tips. I will be following up on them.

Bill

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 12:27 AM ET
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The site Pam linked to is a great resource. 

I'd also like to recommend Preditors and Editors  http://anotherealm.com/prededitors/



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Date Posted: 12/17/2008 4:01 PM ET
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xengab stands for Xena and Gabby my two cats and my two muses :)

Thanks Janelle for linking to that site, I have found it to be a world of help.

Of course we are willing to help, if we dont help each other no one else will :)

Subject: Thank you
Date Posted: 12/18/2008 8:50 PM ET
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I'll check out the links tomorrow.   Left at 7:30 a.m. this morning which if a retired dude is like totally dismaying, to take youngest son and his family to see the Radio City Christmas Show.   Got home around 11 hours later and even though it was only 6:30 it felt like midnight.   Son, his wife and 4.5 year loved the show, 2.5 year old was luke warm about it.    My wife and I loved it.   NYC though, hmm, there is a really good reason I live in a semi rurual suburb in PA.    I would be a bigger basket case than I am if I had to deal with that press of humanity on a daily basis.   Singularly I have seldom met people who I didn't like at least a little bit, collectively...I'm just not as sure.    A great day trip but link looking is going to wait until tomorrow.

Thanks again, oh, left this morning a large black cat was on the front porch, came home tonight a larger multi color cat on the front walk,   since my cats have been deceased for at least 10 years, I have to wonder if we are on some kind of pussycat house tour.

Bill

Date Posted: 12/19/2008 4:22 PM ET
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That's where I found the cat I have now, on my deck frozen and starving. He's a pure-bred persian, but as hard as I tried, I couldn't find his owners. He's white, so his name is Snow. He looks just like my icon.

As for snow being better than ice, you might be right Bill, but right now we're having our second snowstorm this week. The first one blew by quickly, but this one looks like it's here to stay. YUK! Last year we had over 11 feet, so you can understand my repulsion of it.

Subject: wow
Date Posted: 12/21/2008 3:33 PM ET
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11 feet of snow is just a bit obscene. We are dealing with our 2nd ice storm this week but besides accidents, very few power failures so it is hard to complain.   11 feet, I'm sorry I like lobster but your weather better be a lot better sometime during the year to stay there.   Good luck with the snow and with Snow.  

Merry Christmas!

Bill