"The National Writers' Association is pleased to recommend 1stBooks!
The 1stBooks program is truly slanted in favor of the author and will
be of great assistance in offering more authors' works to the
--Sandy Whelchel, Executive Director
"Olsen paid 1stBooks [to distribute his book.] In no time, Olsen's
local Barnes & Noble called him in to do a book signing.
'Other than my children being born, Olsen says,
it was the most exciting thing that ever happened to me.'"
--Howard Olsen, author of
quoted by Walter Kirn in TIME Magazine, 8/2/99.
"THE INTERNET IS certain to change the world in very significant ways.
Exactly how it will happen, no one knows. But we can get an occasional
glimpse here and there, and try to paste them together into a coherent
"Here is one such glimpse, the story of a new book just appearing on the
events of Tiananmen Square. Its author, Philip Cunningham, turned down a
contract with an American publisher and instead decided to sell his book
over the Internet, through a new breed of publishing company.
"When I first gave it to the Internet publisher, Mr. Cunningham
says, I thought to myself that it's like throwing pages into the
wind. It was just a gamble. But now he admits to a different sort
of feeling. I'm excited about the fact that I can participate in a
real information revolution."
-- Philip J. Cunningham, author of
Reaching for the Sky, quoted by Stan Sesser in the Asian
edition of The Wall Street Journal, 6/1/99.
"Book publishing is changing and 1stBooks is on the leading edge."
-- Dan Poynter, nationally recognized authority on self-publishing;
The Self-Publishing Manual and
"E-books, virtual books, or whatever the industry may call them,
are the wave of the future. Distributing online represents the
most technically advanced way for a writer to promote his work.
The 1stBooks Library is the best distributor for any writer,
--Sue Lackey, The Literary Journal, 2/99
"Internet publishing is undoubtedly the wave of the future, says
Higham. Its potential is unlimited. His choice of 1stBooks over traditional publishing houses
was made without hesitation.
"He is not alone. With an estimated 50 to 70 million Internet users now
online, and numbers growing rapidly, more and more writers are jumping
ship from traditional imprints to online publishing every day."
-- Charles Higham, author of eight best sellers, including Errol Flynn: the Untold Story and
The Trespasser, quoted in Bookflash, 11/98.
"1stBooks has the wherewithal to promote a book -- especially
utilizing the Internet. It gives writers maximum exposure."
-- Arthur Lee Conway, author of
The Poetic Vibrations of a Matured Butterfly, quoted in
the Washington Times, 2/18/99.
"[Howard] Foster chose Internet distributor 1stBooks over
conventional publishing because of the cost and number
of readers he is able to reach, he said. "I thought it
was a great idea because millions of people on the Internet
have access," Foster said.
"To reach these readers, Foster paid less than $700 to
publish his book on the Internet. In comparison, he spent
$1,000 to print 50 [conventional] books for distribution.
"The beauty of it is that I don't have to print a lot of
books and try to sell them," he said.
"The cost to readers is less, too, he said. Virtual books
can be downloaded in a matter of minutes at prices
below those of softcover books. Foster's printed book
price is $19.95 compared with $6.95 through 1stBooks."
-- Howard Foster, author of
GI Journey: A Memoir of World War II, quoted
by Susan Larson-Waugh in the Sun Newspapers, 1/26/99.
"After thirty years in publishing ... I decided to self-publish,
but not with one of those commercial publishers that charge about
$5,000. I decided to opt for new technology, the Internet, and
I found it quicker, much less expensive, and a fascinating experience."
-- Dorothy Jane Mills, author of
"No bull: I really did spend well over $1,000 on more than a few schlock
agents who charge 'reading fees.' I think you guys will be putting
these scam artists out of business before long.
"Getting a book into distribution in less than two months from the time
it is completed may sound astonishing -- but with 1stBooks, that is standard
operating procedure. Not least of all, we writers retain all rights.
Also control the editing.
"Recouping my investment so early was great, but more importantly, book
review editors are now taking a serious look at my work. I am convinced
that 1stBooks is going to change the publishing industry."
-- Robert Grenier, PhD., author of
"There are countless publishers that charge an unknown writer thousands of
dollars to publish their works.
"Dorrance Press wants $11,900.00 to publish your book. Vantage only
wants around $8,000.00 to publish your book.
"Then there is Aardvark Literary Agents, and you know all three, Aardvark,
Dorrance and Vantage would like the writer to use Edit Ink as your editor.
They all state that they get a finder's fee for sending unknown writers to
"The then publishers will tell you that even if you use their recommended
editors, they may not publish your book."
-- Dave Haven and Christine J. Haven, authors of
Together Forever Before the Light.
"As a first time author, I was confused as to how to get my book into
the hands of my target audience. 1stBooks offered me an inexpensive
alternative ... and I found that my original investment was returned
in a very short time."
-- Michael Mascis, author of
Cue Stick Power.
"[Doris] Hall published a 100-page book of poems about six weeks ago.
She has already made back the $300 she paid 1stBooks ... Hall, a
53-year-old housewife who doesn't even own a computer, saw an ad for
1stBooks in a writer's magazine and decided to give it a try. 'It's
something new. I do think it's going to catch on,' she said."
-- Doris Hall, author of
Through Teardrops & Laughter,
as quoted by Soyia Ellison in the Winston-Salem Journal, 9/9/98.
"Just a line to thank you. Last month I submitted my book to 1stBooks
and I could not have believed what would happen. I received phone calls
from people I haven’t seen in years! The television station sent a
reporter to my home and broadcast the interview!"
-- Dorothy Casey, author of
Sex Goddess at 70 Plus.
"The process is easy, Fisher said. The author signs a contract,
pays a fee and sends a disk of the manuscript. Within two months,
the selection is catagorized and appears as a selection on the
-- Ross Fisher, author of
Just Lucky Enough
as quoted in the Beacon News of Aurora, Illinois, 9/98.
"I would like to thank you for helping me achieve my lifetime goal of
being able to say, ‘I have written a book that is in the marketplace and
people have begun to purchase it.' "
-- Alfred Sonny Piccoli, author of
"By keeping writers happy, virtual bookstores like 1stBooks are
looking to continue to expand their libraries. And by keeping readers happy,
the company could establish a whole new trend in book-buying.
"This is a good way to get readers and build an audience.
I would definitely do it again."
-- Jim Polivka, author of
quoted in The Penn State Collegian, 11/5/98.