[German version here] After contacting a number of publishers I always made the same discovery. They are overwhelmed by the flood of offers from authors and don’t have the resources to evaluate manuscripts in a timespan appropriate for the author. So I created some questions for me that helped me to decide whether or not to work with partners. Finally I decided to go as an self publishing indie author and founded my own publishing company – Gordon’s Arcade. I purchased the necessary professional services like editing, cover creation, typesetting etc. If you are an author and ask yourself whether to self publish as indie author or partner with a publisher you might find those questions useful.
0) These questions help me
to decide what I want
to decide what I don’t want.
With them I assure that I follow my vision and my way
and I prevent choosing the wrong direction.
1) How does a partner or company qualify to work with me?
I invested a significant amount of time and money into my project.
What investment does he/she bring in and how does he/she strengthen my position as IP owner?
2) Which win-win-situation results for the reader, for me and my partner?
(is it good for the reader, good for me and o.k. for my partner?)
If not, I should decide otherwise.
3) Will I keep control over my work?
Is there a balance of power in the area of our partnership?
4) What would George Lucas do in the same situation –
after he had written star wars and wanted to bring this movie to life?
5) How does this project fit with our common vision?
Has the partner a vision with this project – or is he/she just after the money?
in latter case he/she is no visionary partner, but just offers a service which I better purchase on the market
6) I do not allow anyone to put me under pressure. Also not myself.
Results are always more important than speed. Does anybody try to make me nervous? Relax!