The warning bell rang out. The villagers screamed in terror, mothers grabbing children, rushing into their homes, slamming doors, locking windows and hiding under tables, their bodies shaking in fright. The men grabbed pitchforks and fighting sticks and marched to the edge of the village. Waiting silently their rage mounting in disbelief that the Indie’s would dare to intrude again.
“Bloody Indie Authors, which they’d go away and leave us be,” one man muttered.
“How they dare write their own stuff, in their own format and without permission of the big publishers is beyond me,” another murmured.
“Look there they are, all smiling and happy. Get ready to attack, we can’t allow them entry to our minds,” shouted yet another man.
“Charge,” screamed a fourth man, “beat them back, keep our women and children safe, they mustn’t succeed.”
“Hey, hang on mate, who’s that over there, they look important.”
The men fell silent in disbelief as the woman stepped closer to the village, a stern look on her face.
“I don’t believe it,” said the village lord. They’ve got a publisher. An Indie Publisher at that! We can’t stop them now, don’t you remember the law. We have to listen to Publishers.”
“God help us all, we’re doomed.
They dropped their weapons, shoulders slumped, feet dragging, they returned to the village centre, tears pouring down their faces knowing they were beaten once and for all.
Hi. My name is Claire Plaisted.
I’m an Indie Publisher and proud to help Indie Authors get their wonderful books of all genres, be they novels, memoirs, family history books etc. online for avid readers to enjoy.
Plaisted Publishing House Ltd. started as a professional formatting business to help all Indie Authors realise their dreams. I’m an Indie Author as well, though helping others is my main business.
Why did I start this business?
It came about quite by accident. I have always enjoyed formatting documents, be they newsletters, leaflets, family history or novels. I like to see books set out to a high standard and, as my journey moved forward, I trained myself how to do this and share my experiences with others. I established my business in July 2014. My experience stems from Family History Books and learning how to prepare a novel to send to agents and Publishing Houses.
Traditional Publishing Houses!
Out of the millions of fantastic writers only a few are accepted as worthy of being represented. Only a few will become big names and manage to live off their skills due to this success. Many of these authors write to a format the Publisher wants and if they dare step out of line – your contract could very well disappear – after all you’re not pulling your weight and doing as you’re told,so the public can read what they are told.
How did this Happen?
Now this, I struggle to understand and sadly there is no one alive today who can tell us. History books may have been altered to fit what we’re told. Who knows.
For at least eighteen centuries writers and authors were all Independent. Yes, you heard me. There were no Publishers to be seen, at least not as we know them today.
If you go back far enough we see many cultures start writing on walls, on animal skins, leather and later, paper. They wrote with charcoal until such time as ink was invented. Then along came the printing presses of history. A writer would get a story printed on paper and it would be sold on the street corners for people to buy, or it was printed into leather bound books and sold to the wealthy.
I have no idea who picked up on the idea. However, suddenly publishing was born. Publishing has been around for about one hundred and fifty years. (so much for it being Traditional!). They control what you read with their marketing hype, awarding said authors with honours and praise. Many are brilliant, however what about those who have the same skills, the same brilliance, who don’t get the opportunity because the Publishing Houses deem them unfit to publish.
What does Un-fit to Publish Mean?
They don’t think they can make a profit out of your work, you don’t write the stories they want, nor do you write how they want, so they toss your brilliance to one side generally with a short letter or email
“Not suitable at this time.” Whatever the hell that means.
Many readers and maybe some authors don’t realise they have read Independent work over the years. This is because much has been re-published from the original prints.
Who are these authors?
The Bible – Over 2000 years old
Edgar Allen Poe
Even John Grisham published on book independently. The list goes on.
For the last ten years or so, Independent Authors have been fighting back to get their work published and in front of an audience who believes in them. So called Traditional Publishing isn’t necessary. History shows Authors once had full control of their work and now the time is here to take that control back.
At Plaisted Publishing House we format your books to a professional standard for a small cost. Our professional standard – since Feb 2016 – has now passed the American Registered Copyright Approval (US Patent Office) – First time and with no changes. The author owns full copyright at all times.
Costs to Authors
We charge $60.00 US for on-going consultation throughout for the work been done. This includes emails, live chat and personal meetings where available. We charge $4.00 US per thousand words with a 25% discount for a first time client.
This gives the Author full basic formatting, with two formatting edits to make sure it is what the client wants. The book is then formatted into either a PRINT or eBOOK. If both are required then an additional $20 US is required. This deal also includes an interview and having their Bio and book cover on our business website.
Any extra work needed is $35 US an hour.
We also offer Indie Business links for Editors, Book Cover Artists, Beta Readers on our webesite etc.
You can find us at the below links