Merrimack Media – Publishing and Marketing Agency
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Merrimack Media is a company where the flow of quality books, websites, and graphics, are all delivered with exceptional customer service. Our one-stop shop gets your book into print, distributed to a world-wide audience and promoted. Merrimack Media exists to help you publish painlessly, offering you information, self-publishing, promotion and sales services at a reasonable price. At the end of this I want to introduce you to Jenny Hudson, founder of Merrimack Media – publishing and marketing agency.
Hello Jenny and thank you for agreeing to this interview. Please tell me when did you start Merrimack and from where you get this idea, what motivated you?What kind of services do you offer at Merrimack and what is that its make Merrimack Media special?
There are lots of places that authors can go to self-publish, but we handle it all…book interior and cover design, ISBN, publishing, world-wide distribution and help with promotion, including website and social media design and setup. We interview our authors on the Author Connection radio show and give them some initial publicity as well. We are a Lightning Source approved, preferred publisher.
Writing and publishing a book is a dream of so many people. Some aspiring writers seek put agents or traditional publishers while others look for self publishing. What are the pros and cons of each?
It comes down to control, time and money. In self-publishing the author has the final say and can make upwards of $10 a book if he sells it himself. The time from completing a manuscript to being on Amazon is about 4 weeks. In traditional publishing, the publisher has the final say on editing and cover design, the author makes about 75 cents a book, and it can take about a year and a half. Both methods require author marketing.
There are so many self publishing choices and new companies emerging the market continuously. What are the major aspects that a writer must consider when looking for a self-publisher?
Experience, customer service, knowledge, and talent. There are lots of companies out there who produce a book that looks “self-published”.
Every writer wants the joy of seeing their books in print so there is a point where the publishing decision is driven by emotion, not seeing the facts. What is your advice for the writers, what they should be aware of and what would you walk away from in a contract?
Check the publisher commission. We take 10% for administration from online book sales. Other companies I know of take 15 and 20%.
Please give me an example of Merrimack Media Contract where everybody win, The publisher and the writer (shares, profits, subsidiary rights, etc)
The author retains all rights. We take 10% of online sales and the author gets the rest after subtracting book printing costs and Amazon’s wholesale discount.
The big issue about a book is not just publishing but distribution as well. What Merrimack Media does about marketing and distribution.
We distribute to Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, the Ingram List, Nook, Kindle, and Smashwords., which gets you on ipad. We also handle fee-based author promotion.
What is the most exciting thing for you in this profession?
I love seeing authors’ lives change when they get their books and run with it, taking them in an entirely different direction.
Tell us about the wonderful people working for you and helping you to achieve your goals.
We have great editors, book designers, and cover designers, a social media person, and a project manager.
I was pleased to have Jenny Hudson here today explaining a few things about publishing business. If you want to find out more visit her website where you will see Merrimack packages, resources and other useful information.
Thanks again Jenny Hudson and good luck with all your endeavors.
About authors promotionPublicity and Exposure for Writers Authors PR promotes literary works,brings more publicity for writers and exposes their books around the world.Collaborating close with the authors,Author Pr will obtain more exposure and media coverage for the book and the author. -direct marketing campaign through creative and innovative marketing strategies -digital advertising -public relation -presentation-planning and design,evaluation and monitoring -marketing and promotional materials -website and blog development and design -authors interviews -pre launch campaign -analysis
Posted on April 10, 2014, in Articles, book marketing, Uncategorized and tagged Author Marketing, Authors PR Literary Lounge, Book Marketing, book publicity services, book publishing business, Jenny Hudson, marketing, Merrimack Media, Publishing, self publishing, writers resources, Writing. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.