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No. Never. Your email address will be used only to send you information about our author(s) and for no other purpose.
I have submitted a manuscript to you, but have not received any answer.
VIP Ink Publishing receives about twenty manuscripts a week. Therefore, we cannot give you any status updates until approximately 8-12 weeks, please see the submissions page.
If I describe my book in an email message, can you tell me if you want to look at it?
Sorry, no. Please see our submission page. That is the information we need.
Where can I find signed copies of VIP Ink Publishing titles?
VIP Ink Publishing sells signed copies of books every year through our website and at special events, such as bookstore signings. Please keep coming back to the website for more information or sign up to our newsletter that is on the bottom right-hand side of this page.
Can I request a personalized signature?
Each Signed Edition copy includes the author’s unique signature. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate requests for personalized messages from the author.
Are all signatures done by hand?
Yes, each signature is signed by the author.
Do I need to copyright my work before I send it out?
No, and you shouldn’t. It is the publisher’s responsibility to copyright the entire issue of a printed book. If the author copyrights the work on his/her own, it only complicates the process.
I have written a book and I want to find a publisher. Should I first seek the services of a literary agent?
The function of a literary agent is not only to find a publisher for you, but to find the publisher who will give you the best contract (with the greatest financial reward). Agents earn, usually, 15% of whatever you will earn from your book; so, naturally they are only interested in books that will interest publishing houses. Usually agents are not interested in poetry, experimental fiction, story collections, philosophy, scholarly books, arcane subjects, or any works directed at a very narrow or specialized audience. They are interested in “mainstream” fiction, popular genre fiction (science fiction, fantasy, mystery, crime caper, romance, bodice rippers), non-fiction books on “hot topics,” self-help (pop-psycho-sexual-getrichquick), biographies of well-known people, tell-alls, etc., because these types of books sell well. Therefore, literary agents usually feel that 15% is an appreciable sum.
My book has been rejected by a dozen publishing houses. Should I self-publish?
I almost always try to talk people out of self-publishing. I understand the temptations, and I realize that companies like Lulu.com and others have made it easy and “affordable” for many people. But there are problems: 1) Most bookstores adamantly refuse to carry self-published books for reasons too numerous to go into here (and don’t kid yourself, no matter how well you design and print it they can take one look at the ISBN number on your copyright page and know that it is self-published); 2) No one will review a self-published book; 3) Without a publisher you will have no effective distribution or promotion; and 4) You are the author—publishing is not supposed to cost you money. Moreover, trying to distribute your book without the structure of a publisher will take all the time and energy that you could be putting into writing your next book.
I have questions you have not addressed, can I email you?
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