LadybugEmpire is something we have always believed in at LadybugPress: a collaborative effort to provide real help and options, education, and fun to authors, especially those 2.7 million authors who are publishing on their own. We do this because we don't think it is necessary for anyone to be on their own in a business that is full of pitfalls and opportunities; and where it is difficult to tell one from the other.
A little history about LadybugPress for those of you who are new to these pages:
Our first book came out in 1996. Most of our books were (and still are) from unknown and first time authors. The original foundation of Ladybug was/is creative ways for creative people to be heard and to make a difference in the world through being heard. We do audio, print books and eBooks.
We have put a lot of effort into making ebooks and audio books something we can really be proud of and developing our excellent line of author read audio books. Our formats, packaging, and automated equipment put us on a par with any publisher in this field.
We purchased our own printing facility in 2006 and expanded our Partners in Publishing imprint to allow for more books in this program and for Print on Demanda big plus (or minus to the bottom line) in overhead.
LadybugPress, with imprints for NewVoices, LadybugProductions, and NewVoices Poetry, began as a trade house, and we still publish trade books, but we also made early steps into eBooks back in 2002 and are still interested in this area, where a new author can step into the market and learn with very little cost or risk. We have also expanded our services from traditional publishing into Independent (Indie) Publishing because we work with new writers and creative works and want to do even more of this. We have never changed our commitment to fostering talent and creativity. Whatever form of publishing you choose, with LadybugPress and NewVoices you get the same experienced, one-on-one consideration of your project.
Independent publishing, and our program in particular, has a lot to recommend it. We call our program Partners in Publishing because it is a shared cost program: You pay certain basic fees with a guarantee of services, but we provide many services beyong those covered by the fees. Not the least of these is the close and careful attention that is paid to your plan, both for the book itself and for its marketing. We knowand you should toothat the only one who can sell a book is you, the author. And we don't think a standard trade book contract will ever compensate you for that effort. That's why Partners in Publishing puts the control in your hands. We advise, inform, and give you the benefit of our experience in publishing, but the book remains yoursJust as it was when you first imagined it.
If you want to hear a discussion of independent publishing (It isn't necessarily what you think or may have experienced in the past.) go by our marketing site; there are two audio files there and a pretty thorough discussion.
Some things that make our independent publishing books different:
The attention you get is the same for trade books and independent publishing.
With a few exceptions, the imprint is the same.
There is one more difference: between all of the options in self publishing and standing on the sidelines while someone else takes the last steps to realizing your dream.
~ Georgia Jones