I served in Iraq in 2007, and it was during that deployment that I tapped into some of my inner most feelings pertainging to life, love and the quest for understanding what love meant to me. It took me almost two years to travel throught the journey of writing my passion filled love triangle. I created a fictional page turner but it was inspired by the true blood, sweat, and tears of my life. I hope and pray that when it hits shelves that you'll find a spiritual awakening, in love, life and the meaning of what passion truly is.
The cliché is that love conquerors all, but will that prove true when a fatal illness falls upon one of them. One has everything to gain, a career, a seven figure income, a life that he’s worked 20 years to accrue, the other has a joy, a love, and devotion in her heart that holds more value than any bank account will ever obtain. Will they both be willing to sacrifice for the sake of love, or will they both part ways leaving a love they’ve always…
We are a collaborative of self-published authors with a common goal. We want to vigorously promote our books and get them in the hands of people who can purchase in large quantities without the perils of the mega sized publishing houses.
Who can join this group?
Any published author who currently has an inventory of printed books.
What does it cost to join the group?
The fee for the entire 2009 calendar year is $300.00 for the first title and $50.00 for each additional title thereafter. This means an author with two titles would pay $300 + $50 or $350. An author with four titles would pay $300 + $150 for the three additional titles or $450. If you have only one title your cost is $300. Each member must also send us twelve copies of each novel or publication entered into the collective. These sample copies will not be sold but, be used solely for display purposes.
Is the fee paid monthly or is it for the entire year.
For the 2009 calendar year the fee is a one time cost that covers each convention that The Author Collective attends. There are no recurring fees or charges once an author becomes a member. The fee structure may be slightly different in calendar year 2010.
What are the benefits of membership?
The staff of The Author Collective will aggressively seek to promote and sell your book to book stores, museums, libraries, school systems and other large quantity purchasers. This gives you the author the free time to do what you do best… write! We bare the cost of attending tradeshow, conventions, book fairs and trunk shows specifically targeting the literary trade. The attendees at these events are generally decision makers for their respective companies. All authors dream of showcasing their novels to the persons who can with the stroke of a pen, place on the shelves of institutions around the country their work. Our goal is to seek out these persons and do just that with our member’s works.
What else am I required to do?
Because we sell our books to the trade (bookstores and retail outlets), we offer a 50% discount from list price to our clientele. This allows them to be able to receive a mark-up and sell to the general public or the end user at a profit. Conversely, they buy in quantities or lot minimums which give you the member, exposure and shelf space. With this pricing structure, The Author Collective must receive a 60% discount off list price from its members. Authors who self-publish must decide whether or not it is feasible to be a member of our group. Here is an example of the price we would pay for your book: Retail Price $15.00 minus 60% discount or $9.00 = $6.00 paid to the author. In most cases this is not a problem since authors have lots of profit built in to the retail prices. Each author must decide based on the prices they pay per book if this collective makes financial sense. The collective can suggest outside printers that will usually save an author 50% or more from the cost of self-publishing houses like Author House or Xlibris.
How many books will The Author Collective purchase from me?
When we receive your 12 sample copies The Author Collective will go to work for you. We present and display your book at trade shows and solicit orders. Once we have taken an order for your book we will contact you and make a purchase. The number we buy depends on the number of orders that taken for your book, though our minimum purchase is 12 books per title. In some cases if a book sells extremely well, we may purchase extra copies to hold in inventory.
When am I paid for the books that you purchase from me?
We will not ask you for consignment. Once we receive your books we will pay you immediately. We will not expect you to accept returns because unlike the mega-publishing houses, we don’t offer consignment or returns to our clientele.
How do I get started?
Just give us a call and say “I’m ready to become a member of The Author Collective.”
Thank you for your interest.
Michael E. Williams
2210 Chene Street
Detroit, Michigan 48207
My name is Mr. Bertrand E. Brown and I am a former elementary school teacher, author and currently the co-founder of The Literacy Library, Inc., a non-profit tutorial service which aids underprivileged and at-risk African-American teenagers in their academics.
At present and because we are a nonprofit organization we tend to rely rather heavily on book donations such as yours and we would gladly accept any book donation or gift certificate which would aid us in motivating our students to achieve and maintain the pursuit of academic success which we feel is such an integral part of being a productive and integral part of our society.
Hopefully you can help us in our endeavors with your donation. The majority of our students are young adults and their interests are unlimitited so any and all genres are welcomed.
And with that said I thank you sincerely for your time, support and understanding and patiently await your reply.
The Literacy Library
c/o Mr. Bertrand E. Brown ,
1339 Dickens St.
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15220
P.S. Our temporary state tax I.D. # acknowledging our nonprofit status is 271901520
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