Stop with the Hate! It’s Econ 101!

I wanted to address something that was brought up last night on LinkedIn. I was basically placed on the chopping block because the company I founded (Ozwind) actually charges fees to providing publishing services. Can you imagine? A company that asks for payment in return for services? And entry fees? For a contest? How unreasonable! Right?

WRONG!

This sort of situation is exactly why I left LinkedIn before. The nastiness and disrespect hasn’t changed much it seems. My stay here may be temporary yet again, not that anyone would notice it if I left. I don’t mind discussions and exchanges, but there is no sense in being involved in perpetuating harsh comments and arguments. I won’t. It goes against who I am and what I believe in.

I run my life with a positive outlook (or at least I try). I also use that same concept as a foundation for my business. STRENGTH-BASED approaches to problems, situations, and personnel go much farther than negativity. The old saying, “You attract bees with honey, not vinegar” still holds water.

econ 101Perhaps this will serve as an explanation for why Ozwind asks for fees. AND it may also give you an idea as to why we are charging entry fees for a contest we are running currently:

The fact is that everything in this world COSTS us something, whether it is time or money. When I get a hair cut, I have to pay for it. When I go to Wal-Mart, I have to pay for goods. When I want to be involved in a virtual book tour, I have to pay an entry fee. When I want to set up a booth at an event, I have to pay a set up charge.

Ozwind DOES charge fees because we are PROVIDING A SERVICE. Our authors get 60% of their net royalties. That is much more than a traditional publisher, whether they are large or a small independent press. I have personal experience in that area, so I know I’m speaking the truth.

We are a small business just beginning our journey. To ask for entry fees for a contest IS NOT unreasonable. The PRIZE is that the chosen works are put together with other stories and the winners WILL BE PUBLISHED. I would have jumped at a chance like that when I started out in my writing career. It would have been well worth the $5.00 entry fee.

I know there are “free” services out there, such as GoodReads, but formatting, editing, cover design are NOT free, unless you can take care of all of that yourself. So, as I said, in some form, there is a cost.

From researching our business model, I learned that large traditional publishers usually ask authors to sign over their rights, so essentially you lose the control that you have over your work. Vanity presses simply ask you for the money and then publish the work, whether it is ready for the market or not (that I know from my own experiences).

HYBRID PUBLISHERS, which is what we are, have guidelines that are put in place to ensure quality. The contest we are having right now is aside from all of this. It is to give first time authors a chance to add something to their history. It makes them more marketable. Essentially, we are helping one another by gaining momentum toward the same goal: being published and finding a fan base.

Summary:

First of all, if you can’t be nice, don’t say anything at all. That’s how I was raised. So, if you disagree with our business model or anything I’ve said here, that’s okay. Not everyone is going to agree on everything. Nevertheless, if you’re going to be rude, keep your thoughts to yourself. We don’t mind being challenged, but there is no point in being hateful about it.

Secondly, if you have questions, we welcome those. We don’t mind explaining who we are and why we do what we do. It gives us the opportunity to help.

Thirdly, if you do leave a nasty comment, then we will rise to the challenge gracefully. I don’t believe in responding to hate with hate. That doesn’t solve anything. What I do embrace is professionalism. With that said, I will not tolerate hate filled language or hate filled criticism. So if life on LinkedIn is cut short again, I won’t go back. And if Ozwind “lost” you “at the fees,” then we wish you all of the best in seeking free publishing services, because trust me, you will not find them.

As Indies, and yes, Ozwind is an INDEPENDENT HYBRID PUBLISHER, we need to be helping one another. That is why I hosted three blog tours, devoted myself to countless other activities, and give away more than I need to. I believe we are all trying to reach the same goal and if we don’t give each stepladders to get there, what does that make us? Well, what it makes us is rather ugly, so I won’t get into that. The point is that we need to support one another in this market because it’s overwhelming. The market is flooded and to stand out is a hurdle in itself. So, I hope you read this post with an open mind and heart and leave the negativity in the dark.

Ozwind’s Pricing Plans are Live

Ozwind banner (2)I want to announce that Ozwind’s website has been updated with pricing plans and publishing options. Please click here to visit the site or you can read the options below:

*Ozwind accepts submissions from May 1 – July 31 and again during the time period of November 1 – January 31*

The information below applies to individuals wishing to become an Ozwind Author.

  •  Submissions must be in electronic format.
  • Submission must be in Microsoft Word format.
  • Please use 12 pt font, Times New Roman with 1” margins.
  • Include a synopsis and first three chapters of your work. If you are submitting poetry, include at least three poems for evaluation.
  • Please include the following information in your query:
    • Word count
    • Genre
    • Target audience
    • Legal name
    • Pen name (if applicable)
    • Contact information

 

  • Once your submission is received it will be reviewed by our acquisitions department. An assessment will be completed based on subject matter, suitability, and marketing.

 

  • If the work is accepted for possible publication, you will receive a letter asking for the full manuscript so further assessment can be completed.

 

  • Please allow 4-6 weeks for review.

 

  • You will receive a letter regarding your acceptance if Ozwind chooses to publish your work.

 

  • If your work is accepted, you will receive a contract as well as the pricing agreement. You may add services such as a book trailer. There is a base package, but you can add or subtract from that package based on your personal vision.

 

  • If your work is accepted, you will receive a contract as well as the pricing agreement. You may add services such as a book trailer or banners. These are “add-on” costs to the base package. Adeposit calculation will be included in the letter of acceptance. The deposit is due upon receipt of the invoice. You will then have the choice to pay for all services up front or space out your cost in three payments. If additional services are added, those costs will be billed appropriately.

 

  • We accept Paypal, credit cards and money orders. We do not accept cash or checks.

 

  • All authors publishing under Ozwind receive 60% net royalties

 

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Quality is everything to us! Your vision is also what matters! We want our authors to be completely satisfied with the options we have and we want readers to be happy also. Essentially, we want the best product for all ages. So we accept children’s books, teen, young adult, and adult centered works.

 

Specifically, Ozwind accepts to following works for consideration:

 

  • Children’s books
  • Christian fiction
  • Romantic fiction
  • Humor
  • Science Fiction
  • Crime
  • Horror
  • Adventure
  • Contemporary poetry
  • Women’s fiction
  • GLBT

 

*We do not accept erotica, material depicting explicit rape, explicit child abuse, or bestiality

 

You must be 18 or older to submit for publication

 

To Contract Services Only

 

If you would like to use any of our services, simply send an email through the contact link letting us know which options interest you. We will send a quote. If the terms are agreed upon, we will then forward an invoice. A 20% deposit is due upon receipt. You may choose to pay up front or be billed in three equal payments.

 

This option allows you to SELF PUBLISH. You will not be considered an Ozwind Author.

 

The submission window never closes for indivudlals wishing to contract specific services as a self-publishing author. Below are the general guidelines for submissions:

 

  • Submissions must be in electronic format.
  • Submission must be in Microsoft Word format.
  • Please use 12 pt font, Times New Roman with 1” margins.
  • Include a synopsis and first three chapters of your work. If you are submitting poetry, include at least three poems for evaluation.
  • Please include the following information in your query:
    • Word count
    • Genre
    • Target audience
    • Legal name
    • Pen name (if applicable)
    • Contact informatio

 

 

*You must be 18 or older to contract services

 

 

Self Publishing Services

 

Editing………………………………………………………….$1.25 per page

Print Cover………………………………………………………………………$95

Ebook Cover………………………………………………..$80

Ebook Formatting up to 75,000 words………………………..$115

Print Cover…………………………………………………..$95

Print Formatting up to 75,000 words…………………………..$165

Marketing……………………………………………………..$100

Web Design & set up…………………………….Prices starting at $210

Web Management………………………………..Prices starting at $35.00 billed monthly

Formatting for more than 75,000 words………………………$35

 

*All services require a 20% deposit. You can also choose to pay for all services up front. Otherwise, you will be billed in three separate installments.

 

Ozwind Author Bundle 1
For Ebook & Print Book

$980

 

Package includes formatting for an ebook and print book up to 75,000 words, copyright protection, marketing, cover design for both ebook and print, editing, and uploading under Ozwind Publishing, LLC.

All authors receive 60%

 

Ozwind Author Bundle 2
for Ebook

 

$730

 

Package includes formatting for an ebook up to 75,000 words, copyright protection, marketing, cover design for the ebook, editing, and uploading under Ozwind Publishing, LLC.

All authors receive 60%

 

 

Ozwind Author Bundle 2
for Print Book

 

$755
Package includes formatting for a  print book up to 75,000 words, copyright protection, marketing, cover design for the book, editing, and uploading under Ozwind Publishing, LLC.

All authors receive 60%

 

 

Ebook  & Print Formatting above 75,000 (each 10,000 words)………………………………………………………………………………………………$35

 

Graphics or images insertion

Up to 10 images………………………………………………………………………………………$60

11-30 images…………………………………………………………………………………………$90

30+ images…………………………………………………………….Please contact us for a quote

 

*All quotes are for one work. Multiple works will need to be quoted

 

 

Add-On Services
Web Banners…………………………………………………………….$20          
Book Teasers………………………………………………………………$20
Book Trailers……………………………………………………………$170          Marketing………………………………………………………………….$100
Web Design & set up…………………………………………………..Prices starting at $210          
Web Management…………………………………………………….Prices starting at $35.00 billed monthly