G Street Chronicles, Certified Literary Powerhouse

G StreetFor the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the owner of one of the hottest publishing companies today. He’s taken the time to mentor and motivate me personally and professionally. I’ve read his books and watched him lead his team, providing his readers with nothing but the best. I am honored to be able to interview George Sherman Hudson and allow my readers to get to know his story…

George Sherman Hudson, CEO of G Street Chronicles

George’s story does not start when he was in school. It doesn’t start when he was a young boy and had the drive and excitement to write a book; George decided to write a book while doing time in prison. After finishing the book, he decided to learn the publishing process and publish his own book instead of going through the submission process. “I was misquoted in a past interview saying I submitted work to Triple Crown and some other publisher, but that never happened. I never submitted work to anyone. I studied the industry and launched my own company,” George says.

G Street Chronicles has been in business since 2009. Over the past 2 ½ years, G Street Chronicles has become one of the major publishing houses. There is no Urban Fiction reader that has not read at least one G Street Chronicles book.

Starting a company is never easy. However, George took the necessary steps to get G Street off the ground. I asked him what he did to get the company up and rolling. “I started this company with money I had before incarceration and a friend’s cash infusion. I started this company while in prison, so it was no easy task. I lost $18,000 because of my ignorance of the industry which, back then, wasn’t big on the booming eBook trend that’s going on now, so it was very difficult to recover from such a huge loss. But, I didn’t let that stop me.”

When it was finally time for George to sign his first author, he says he was a little nervous because he was holding this person’s dream in his hands. “It felt good to sign my first author but, at the same time, I was a little nervous because I really didn’t know the business from top to bottom and at that point, I’d taken on the responsibility of being in charge of this person’s dream.”

With George being the head of one of the most successful publishing companies, his talent, drive and motivation caused many authors to want to sign with him and be a part of the G Street Team.

George is not only a publisher, he’s an author as well. Ever since George has decided to mentor me, we have very good conversations. One conversation George had with me was funny, but professional. I’d decided that I wanted George to be featured on PEN’Ashe Magazine, but I said I wanted to feature him as an author and then do a cover story and feature him as a CEO. He quickly said…and he says this to me often, “Come on now, Dominique.” Then he proceeded to say, “I am a CEO first, then an author. You have to interview me as a CEO and then interview as an author.” I laughed, but I got it. This shows just how professional this man is.

In the interview, I asked George how he juggles being an author and a publisher. He said, “It’s not hard. I’m really more of a publisher than an author, but handling both is not hard at all. I make sure I’m a publisher first because it wouldn’t be fair to all the authors who have signed. They signed their contract to be represented by a publisher, not an author.” I believe this is something every author must take to heart when they decide to publish with someone. The publisher must care about who they are publishing.

While George is the CEO of G Street Chronicles, the company is also run with his COO, Shawna A, handling the operations alongside him. George tells me that his biggest struggle was dealing with the day-to-day issues while incarcerated. He says that Shawna has been a big help in helping the company grow over the years.

The publishing industry is booming nowadays and just about anyone can write and publish a book. I asked George his opinion of today’s publishing industry. “The industry today is internet driven. Authors today don’t have to get out in the streets to sell books. With the booming social networks, internet bookselling has changed. Now authors can sell millions of books from the comforts of their homes without ever stepping a foot outside. The industry is wide open and now everyone who wants to be an author and/or publisher is diving in but, believe me, only the real ones will be left standing in this saturated market.”

Just as easily as it is to write and publish a book, the same eagerness is put into becoming a publisher, just about anyone can do it. But is that really true? I asked George where he thought many publishers fall short. “Many publishers fall short by not producing quality products, putting out poorly written and unedited books with no substance. Also, being less than professional when dealing with publishing issues is not a good look when you’re supposed to be a business owner representing a brand and others associated with your brand.”

With there being so many publishing companies to choose from, I asked George what made G Street different. So many publishers can slap a logo on a book and call it a day. George explained what make G Street different, “G Street Chronicles is nothing like the rest. This company was started in my quest for freedom and has become one of the top publishing houses in the game in a span of only two years. With Shawna A. handling operations alongside me, we gained major distribution, acquired major accounts, signed numerous authors, connected with people in the film/music industry and basically…we have risen to a whole different level. We have created a strong brand and have achieved what we set out to do…become a household name.”

In order for G Street to be a household name, there has so be something behind each book that pushes the reader to want to indulge in this company and then to want to come back repeatedly. George says his motivation is to please the reader and provide them with a source of entertainment. He says different books will give different results. Some will read to escape their daily lives, some will read to add excitement, and some will read to relax. “I want them to get from the books whatever they are looking for. End result…satisfaction.”

Marketing and promotion is one of the most important areas of being an author and publisher that one must master, but it takes time and trial and error. I asked George what marketing tools have been effective for his team. “I can’t say that any one thing has been the most effective. What has worked for me and Shawna is constant and consistent marketing in various areas at the same time. When our TV commercial was running, we were still on our social networks. We don’t stop one thing to try another, so for us, all marketing tools work as a ‘team’.”

George’s tips and advice for self-published authors or authors who want to start publishing their own work: “DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Don’t jump into this business thinking you know everything without doing your research. You will be swallowed up by the sharks in no time. With everything you do, it takes time, so take the time to understand the process and the business before you put your time and money into it. If it’s your dream, go for it, but do it with knowledge and chances of success are greater.”

Since I have been in this business, George has been one of the most honest, reliable and motivational professionals I have dealt with. I’ve come across people who wouldn’t return emails or simply wouldn’t deal with me because of what I do and what I am capable of accomplishing. He’s the first person I can truly say that has mentored me and I take his words to heart…all of them! As a reader, author and professional, I am looking forward to what George and G Street has to offer the public. 2014 is the year of success. I believe that G Street will exceed and expand on many levels.

G Street Chronicles in 2014: “Expansion! We’ve already announced five imprint companies, signed several new authors-even one from the UK and we have several major announcements that I can’t reveal yet. We will continue to give our readers the books they have become accustomed to and honestly, Dominique…Shawna and I have so many things planned that the best way to answer this is…STAY TUNED!”

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VIP with Dominique; The Publishing Series; Part Three Electronic and Paper Written Books

Happy Monday!

Let’s talk business!

For the past two Monday’s on VIP with Dominique, I have been talking about Publishing. Today I am posting the last installment in The Publishing Series. “Electronic and Paper Written Books” If you missed the last two blog posts, no worries. Click the link above!

Paperback and Hard copies have gone out the window with today’s publishing. The way electronics are going, soon there will be no more paper written books. I am a lover of physical books and I collect my books. I wouldn’t be surprised that if in many years to come, my books will be worth hundreds of dollars just because they are antiques.

But Traditional Publishing is no longer popular. It is secondary to electronic publishing. The first question that is asked by many readers is, where can I download the book? If you don’t have your book available in ebook format, you could possible lose customers. Many people do not want to wait on the paperback to get in the mail. They want it now. Seems like everything is like that in today’s society. But many authors, make sure that their book is available in paperback just in case someone wants to buy it in that format. Although it is going out the window, it’s not quite there yet.

So what is Traditional Publishing? Where does it come from? Tradition means a behavior that is passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance with origins past. Simply stating Traditional Publishing means, the way we originally published our books. In the old days, people did send in their book to companies, get rejections letters, have an agent; all of those things. But in recent years, Self-Publishing has become popular. Then Print on Demand showed its face and now we have electronic publishing. So Traditional Publishing simply means it is the traditional way of publishing a book.

Authors shy away from this way of publishing because there tends to be a pattern of “no” until you get that one “yes” It takes longer and again, you lose the rights to your book.

In my opinion, as long as there are still people buying physical books, keep your book available in that format. I always tell my clients to follow the crowd. But if you are still making money in this area of publishing, keep doing it.

There is no right way to publish. Only the way that works for you.

See ya next Monday for another VIP with Dominique!

Signing Off,

Dominique

VIP with Dominique; The Publishing Series; Part Two Print on Demand and Self-Publishing, what’s the Difference?

Happy Monday!

Let’s talk business!

Last Monday we talked about “The Difference Between Self-Published and Traditional Publishing”. I want to continue The Publishing Series today with Part Two “The Difference Between Self Publishing and Print on Demand” If you missed last weeks article, check it out!

The difference between Self-Publishing and Print on Demand? Let’s talk about it.

Print on Demand simply means that your publishing company will print books as they are needed. Once an order is placed for that book, it is then printed and shipped to the desired address. Print on Demand companies are popular for their packages. Many authors get excited about what the company offers but don’t normally make back the money they have put into it.

Self-Publishing on the other hand can go two different ways. It can go the print on demand way or it can be a Publishing company that offers services, but don’t ask for money, doesn’t pay advancement checks, does little marketing and editing. This type of company may or may not print books as needed. You may get a few copies of your own up front but this is not always a given. The stand out procedure is you will sign a contract with this company and you may or may not have the rights to your book.

Many of these companies are owned and operated by a family or one person who has sponsors that edit for them, create book covers for them and help with marketing. In today’s literary field there are a lot of companies like this.

With Print on Demand, you do not sign a contract. The book is yours and yours alone. But and that’s a big but, you have to get the book edited on your own, get a cover designed on your own, distribute on your own. You are the boss in every aspect of your book. The release date is your choice and however much money you make on your book depends on how much effort you put into your work. It’s a hard job but many authors, like myself, do it, love it and do it well because you have the last say over every part of your book.

Again, this is where you must decide the important parts of publishing your book.

Self-Publishing, whether it’s Print on Demand or Self-Publishing with a different type of company in my opinion is the easiest way to go. I like it simply because I own the rights of my book. That for me, is the most important aspect of publishing my book.

Tune in next Monday for the third part in The Publishing Series.

Signing Off,

Dominique

VIP with Dominique; The Publishing Series; Part One The different Between Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing

Happy Monday!

Let’s talk business!

For the next few Monday’s I want to talk about Self Publishing and Traditional Publishing. Today let’s focus on the one versus the other.

I want to give you a brief summary of the difference between Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing. The bottom line is money. Yes, it costs money and especially time to publish a book.

Let’s break it down.

When publishing with a self-Published (Print on Demand) company, most likely they are going to charge you money. You will have a choice between 3-5 packages that cost between $200-$2000 to publish. Each package offers different things and of course, the higher up you go in packages, the more it will cost. There is no advancement check. Some Self-Publishing companies, however, do not charge and don’t give advancement checks. You simply have to have faith. I always believe that nothing in life is free. You’ll pay at some point.

The thing with Self-Publishing (Print on Demand) companies is that you are not going to get everything you are asking for. You may not get editing or marketing but you’ll get about three paper book copies of your book. You may get editing, but no marketing. This is where you have to decide what’s most important to getting your book the sales it deserves.

Now, Traditional Publishing. This is any writers dream come true. If you submit your book to a lucrative publishing company, that doesn’t charge a thing, will pay you an advancement, edit, promote and more you have a winner. This type of company is for those that will be a best seller. That’s also why this type of company is the hardest to get published with. They only want the best. That doesn’t mean your book is bad, it just means that it’s not the material that they believe will be a success. When trying to go this route, you will receive a lot of rejection letters. Be prepared for that! Many authors don’t go this route because they want a “yes” right now. Many people who write a book but have no clue about how to go about publishing think this is the only way to go. It’s not. You can go either way that you feel is best for your work but each direction has its pros and cons.

If you are writing your first book and don’t have a clue about publishing my advice to you is to first, make a list of what your publishing company must have. Let’s use my list for example.

  1. Most importantly, I must have all the rights to my book. This cuts the lists of publishing companies down a lot because when you sign a contract, most likely, you no longer own the rights to your book.
  2. Second, editing is very important for me. If I definitely need my book edited then most likely I need a Traditional publishing company. (I don’t go this route but it’s simply for example purposes)
  3. I need a great cover. My publishing company most offer a good quality cover for my books. It’s very important.
  4. Marketing. I need that. I want book sales and I’ll do whatever I need to do in order to get book sales.

That’s my list. Those are the most important aspects of book publishing for me. I don’t need copies of my book because my target market is ebooks. Many of my readers like to download my book. I also don’t need my company to offer an author page. I design my own website, blog and keep up with my own social media outlets.

So today, ask yourself, what’s most important in publishing your book. Make a list and then start shopping for the right company for your book!

Tune in next Monday for the second part of the Publishing Series!

Signing Off,

Dominique

2013 Top Ten Best Online Publishing Company

Every year I take a look at a review list of POD publishing companies. The reason I take a look is because all of these companies offer something different. We are authors are different in so many ways. We have so many things that we need our companies to offer that may differ from the next author.

It’s important to shop around.

POD companies are tricky. They cost a lot of money to get all of the things you want. The good thing about them is they don’t take very long to publish. It’s all about what you need. So today I want you to take a look at the list. Think about your personal needs as an author. Can you afford it? As you look at this list, write down your top ten needs. Then decide what your budget can afford.

Bookmark the site and then come back again next year: http://online-book-publishing-review.toptenreviews.com/

Literary Career Moves Promotion of the Week

Today I am promoting a service on Literary Career Moves. This promotion is important because many times authors really do not know the steps in getting their books in the right hands or how to simply publish a book.

Today’s Literary Promotion is “Publishing Process Guide”

With this service, I help authors and writers find their way through publishing their book. Basically holding the author/writers hand and guiding them all the way, answering whatever questions they may have.

Do you think this service is for you? Inquire today!

*NEW* Publishing Process Guidance

-this service includes guidance through the entire publishing process. Once a publishing company is chosen Dominique will help you in knowing what parts of the publishing services are most important to you and getting to a completely satisfied state with your book.

Also Includes:

-A free career path book. Book will depend on where you are in your career path.

Inquire about this service today!

Signing Off,

Dominique

The Publishing Season; Part Five: Check list: (Website, P.R., Marketing)

This is the last step in “The Publishing Season” Once you’ve completed this step, it’s time to start all over again and start writing your book. (If you decide to publish again) So I will go through a quick check list of things to do now that your book is published and in stores.

  1. Do you have an author website? All authors must have an author website. We speak about this on The POV Lounge https://thepovlounge.wordpress.com  a lot. An Author Website is essential!
  2. Do you need to hire a PR? Are you capable of promoting your own book or do you need to hire a PR or Marketing team to help you?
  3. Do you need an agent? Are you happy with the publishing company you chose or do you think you need to hire an agent for the next project?
  4. Have you booked any book signings or release parties? Get your name out there. Celebrate the release of your book. Contact local book stores to schedule book signings
  5. Have you joined any social networks online to help promote your book? Social networks always help.
  6. Do you have some of your books on hand? It’s important to always have a few copies of your book on hand in case you run into someone that wants to buy a copy.
  7. Have you been following the marketing plan you sent to your publishing company? This is always important to keep an eye on and make sure you are living up to your goals.

Read the full article at: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/257395

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