By Jean E. Lane
All new authors are faced with the same dilemma: Should I take on the task of publishing a book myself or seek out a trade publisher? Self-publishing can be less expensive, but a trade publisher knows the ins and outs of the business. It would be ideal to find that intermediate publisher that can edit, layout, format, and produce that book for you.
JLB Creatives Publishing, a Florida-based company, is a type of hybrid publisher that understands what authors really want. The key personnel are authors themselves and come from both the self-published and the trade publishing side of the business. It is this combination that created a fresh new company. Owner, Janet Beasley says, “Over the past several years I have taken pride in networking with industry professionals who have a heart to serve the literary world in fresh new ways. I have invited a select few of those literary enthusiasts to become part of the new JLB Creatives Publishing team. We bring to the table a combined total of over 100 years experience in the industry.” The company is making waves in the industry and has already published a few books under the JLB Creatives Publishing trade name since the company's inception in January 2014.
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Smith, JLBCP CEO Janet Beasley (via Skype/computer screen ),
and JLBCP Senior Editing Director Dar Bagby.
Over the past two years Janet Beasley and Dar Bagby have developed an affiliation with Ann Marie Smith, manager of the Pickford Community Library in Pickford, Michigan. Skype provides Janet and Dar the ability to teach a Young Writers Workshop at the library. This growing class of aspiring young adult writers has written and published short stories of such talent that they have gained the recognition of Frank Foster, Michigan State Representative.
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So what does an author really need to know? Some basic questions one should ask before choosing a course of action are: Is writing a hobby or a more serious endeavor? Do I know the industry standards? Do I really need a “professional editor?” How tech savvy am I? Can I design my own book cover? How much time can I spend on this project from inception to completion? Can I promote and market the book by myself? How much money do I have to spend? Can I have both a print and an eBook? Will I receive royalties on the sale of my book? JLB Creatives Publishing, a member of the Florida Authors and Publishers Association, has their own professional in-house Editing Department, Design Department, and Media Department that offer authors one-on-one advice and assistance throughout the publishing process. Custom made promotion and marketing packages are offered at an additional charge. Both print and eBook versions are included in the author contract. And yes, they pay royalties to their authors.
JLB Creatives Publishing publishes both fiction and non-fiction, as well as illustrated children’s books. They accept a wide variety of genres and take electronic submissions via their website http://jlbcreatives.com. Currently they are seeking true life stories and children’s full-color, illustrated books with text (25–40 pages). Fantasy, science-fiction, mystery, and light paranormal are always welcome. Visit their website for more information.