- What Does it Mean to Self-Publish Your Play?
A self-published playwright pays the cost of producing
the acting edition of a play, then handles the
marketing and distribution.
With Self-Publishing You:
- Control the creative process of printing and
selling of the play in book form
- Collect and keep fees connected with the sale of
- Collect and keep royalties connected with the
rights of the play
Therefore, the finished editions of your play, the
copyright, all subsidiary rights and all revenue
derived from sales of the the book belong to you.
Production or profit may not be the primary objective
for writing and publishing your play. You may have
written a play to record your political viewpoint or
to dramatically preserve a family history. Speert
Publishing can print short run quantities of 200 to 5000
books economically, so you can publish the number of
books that meet your personal objective.
- Why Self Publish Your Play?
- Self-publishing gets your book into print.
We all know how difficult it is to get the attention
of a publishing house or licenser. If a
publishing house or licenser/publisher picks up your
book, you will do most of the promotion yourself. A
publishing house may guide you, but you do the
selling. A licenser will concentrate on productions of
the play, not selling the book. Productions do help
sell the play, but you have to get produced -- often
several times over -- to get a licenser's attention.
- Your book is your calling card.
Your acting edition is a promotional and marketing
tool. With it, you present your play to an agent or
literary manager in a theatrically accepted format
rather than a cumbersome manuscript. Each edition
clearly states that the book is self-published so an
agent will know the play is not handled by anyone
else. Having the book available in quantity eliminates
the time-consuming step of copying and binding a
manuscript before sending it out for review. The book
is smaller, lighter to carry, and says you are willing
to be a partner in professional representation.
- Self-Publishing is fast.
Publishers and licensers can typically take months to
print your book, sometimes longer if there are
extensive negotiations. When your play is ready,
self-publishing gives you a finished book in weeks,
not months. It will be ready for that special
occasion, for that long sought-after production you
just obtained, or for sale in a book store.
- Self-published plays make revisions very easy.
There is no waiting for the second printing by a
publishing house or licenser. You can order a second
or third printing whenever you want, making changes
and sending out new scripts in no time.
- You keep 100% of the profits from sales of the book.
You can sell the books at each production. You keep
all the profits, or share them with the theater if you
like. Also, if you market your play to bookstores -
brick and mortar or e-stores - you keep the profits
from the sales.
- You retain control of all rights.
You control the copyright, the right to copy and
reprint, the right to license. Later, If you are
represented by a licenser, you are free to give them
the acting edition publication rights, and negotiate
the handling any other rights as is customary.
- Is This a Vanity Press?
Speert Publishing is not a Vanity Press. A Vanity
Press (also known as a Subsidy Publisher) claims to
market and distribute your book to wholesale and
retail outlets, often including advertising and sales
assistance. Because Vanity Presses make more money in
the printing -- often in larger quantities than you
may need -- than in the distribution of the book, the
effort to sell the book is minimal at best. Some
Vanity Presses even hold on to the copyright of the
- Why Choose Speert Publishing?
Speert Publishing is dedicated to publishing plays. It
was created as a new venue for playwrights to get
their work out into the producing and publishing
world. We are dedicated to those who write for the
theater, offering theater expertise in a way few other
publishers can offer.
Speert Publishing provides playwrights with
self-publishing services that turn their manuscripts
in acting editions. Playwrights can choose from a
total package of technical and advisory services from
industry professionals, or choose from a selection of
stand-alone services such as: editing, script
formatting, cover design, printing and registrations.
Speert Publishing specializes in producing high
quality, short run perfect-bound acting editions of
original plays. We take care of the technical and
advisory aspects of publishing so the writer can
concentrate on writing and marketing the play.