Thursday, October 16, 2008

New Hope for Self-Publishers --

New Hope for Self-Publishers – Bringing Stories to Life

Press Release states: “Plain and simple, book writers seek to get published. Book writers face the choice of whether to find a major publisher willing to take a chance on a new writer, to invest in vanity publishing, or find the right self-publishing option. This is the stage that needs the most research. Fortunately, there are companies like NewFiction who aim to help those fiction writers. What does, is not only help edit your story and get it in front of the world, but they bring your story to life. They do this in a number of ways. First, they provide original artwork to convey the message of the story. This process is followed up by bringing your story to an audio format, to accompany the written version you have provided. The audio books are enhanced with real actors and actresses who help to bring your story's characters to life. NewFiction helps authors to get their stories in front of the world, and as an author that is all you can ask.” – From PR 10-9-2008
While I love the idea that self-published authors have yet a new venue to showcase their work, I couldn’t find any information associated with cost on the actual website. The site is very nice, very professional, and the sign-up screen has all the typical legal copyright, use, and liability information:

Your Contributions
Whenever you submit any material to the Web Site (including without limitation any text, graphics, video or audio) you grant NF a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub-licenseable right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, play and exercise all copyright and publicity rights with respect to any such work worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any media. If you do not wish to grant such rights to NF it is suggested that you do not submit your contribution to the Web Site.

By submitting your contribution to the Web Site you also:

  • warrant that such contribution is your own original work;
  • agree to indemnify NF against all legal fees, damages and other expenses that may be incurred by NF as a result of your breach of the above warranty; and
  • agree to waive any moral rights in your contribution for all the purposes specified herein.
  • In the event of any conflict between these Terms and Conditions and specific terms appearing elsewhere on the Web Site relating to specific material, the latter shall prevail.

All that is great, but most self-published authors are very cost conscious, and I know that costs will vary for such a service, but a general breakdown of services and the associated costs would be nice, even if it were variable.


Emily Veinglory said...

I have to say it looks like expensive bells and whistles to me. If you plan to sell a manuscript art and audio is beside the point. If you plan to self-publish there is an open market for acquiring either. And as a frequent audiobook user I know that inly good voice talent makes for good audiobooks--and it is hideously expensive.

So speaketh the grinch.

cheryl anne gardner said...

Probably why a pricing matrix is nowhere to be found on the site. But hey, all things considered, if a self-pub author has got the bucks to do it ... more power and more venue to them, right.

tomlopy said...

The stories are very enjoyable.