After attending my very first book launch and signing last night for the first author who published her work with me, I felt compelled to share a little bit about me and what I do, and how White Light Publishing House was created.
As I discussed with the lovely group of people at the book launch last night, I guess I am not your 'ordinary' publisher, and I love that about my publishing house. I am not in this business to 'get rich'. Of course, I need to earn a living, and cover costs of all the work that goes into publishing, however, my reasons for being in this business are far more meaningful than making money. In fact, I don't even like calling it 'business'; and much prefer to label what I provide as 'a service that helps others to achieve their dreams'.
Someone asked me last night, what the process is for having your work published. Basically, right from the get-go, I work with you to publish your work- whether it be a novel, a children's book, a deck of oracle cards- the way you envision it. You decide how it's going to look, how much you'll sell it for, and how your work is to be shared with the world.
This is your hard work that we're working with here, and it's your dream. I'm just here as a support, and to guide you along the way to make it a reality; not to dictate to you how it should be done. Of course however, if there are areas that you're unsure about, or wish for me to take control over an aspect of your work (such as cover design, layout), then I can do that for you too.
As I said, I am in this 'business' to help you share your work with the world, and am happy to work with you every step of the way, until you're 100% happy with the finished product, ready for release. If you need to meet in person, we'll do that (provided we live near one another), if you need to text or call me with a last minute addition, or want to go over a heap of samples for book covers before you find the 'best fit', that's perfectly okay too. This process is about you and your dream; and pride myself on providing a personalised publishing service.
I keep my prices affordable. I know that as a writer/artist, sometimes the dream of becoming published may seem out of reach due to the costs involved. I also offer payment plans.
You maintain all rights to your work. I do not own your work once it's published; you do. After all, it's all your hard work and love that has been put into it.
You receive the majority of the profit. I only take a small 30% of sales from your published work. As I said; I'm not in this to get rich. I want to help you.
Your work will have a global reach. While White Light Publishing House is a relatively small company, your work will reach almost 40,000 retailers, schools, and libraries across the globe (including digital platforms such as Amazon, Kindle, iBooks).
As for how White Light Publishing House was created, well, that's an interesting story in itself, but to put it briefly (otherwise this could well turn into a whole other article), I was inspired by an amazing woman, Karen McDermott,who wrote a book called 'The Visitor'after reading it when I miscarried back in 2012. After much conversation and forming a friendship over a year or so, she encouraged me to start writing again myself, and after I wrote an article about my life journey, I truly understood what it meant to heal through writing. The process of bleeding all my experiences onto paper was the best thing I ever could have experienced, and I would encourage everyone to do the same; to help make sense of life in general.
Anyhow, once I wrote that piece on my life, it fueled me to keep writing, and soon enough, I had all these ideas running through my mind, and spoke to Karen about getting my work published. Being the beautiful person she is, she encouraged me to open up my own publishing house, and showed me the way in getting it all set up. And that, is how White Light Publishing House was born!
Things are only just beginning, and while I've been blessed to have published some of my own work, as well as several other authors' titles, there are many, many more on the way! Some of the projects I'm currently working on with authors and artists around the globe include some inspirational compilations, poetry and short stories, children's books, affirmation and oracle cards, a cook book, and even some fundraising projects! As well as this, I've also added a platform to my website where both experienced and aspiring authors alike, can share their inspiration through article and short story/poetry writing. I believe it's a wonderful platform for gaining more exposure as a writer, and after all, that's how I started out, so why wouldn't I offer the same opportunity to others?
The future of White Light Publishing House is very exciting indeed, and I look forward to sharing many more people's work with the world.
To contact me or find out more about White Light Publishing House, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org