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It’s just so easy to get published these days, right?

The answer is yes, with Robertson Publishing. We are a new generation publishing house that enables authors to publish their books quickly and at a low cost.  We also help our authors by selingl their books through major distributors and use just-in-time digital printing to produce books to meet sales demands.  Our publishing process relieves the risk, which means authors now have an easy way to get their books into print. 

If you’re reading this, which of course you are, you’re probably very aware of just how maddenly difficult it is to get published these days with a traditional publishing house. Even if you can find a literary agent who knows the right people for your kind of book, and even if a traditional book house falls in love with it and buys it for publication, you’re still going to wait for another two to three years before you hold a copy of that book in your hands. And in the mean time, you’ve also given up almost all control over both the content and the appearance to the Managing Editor, the Developmental Editor, the Production Editor, and the Copy Editor. And you don’t get most of the profits, because the traditional publishing house gets most of it.

So what’s an author to do? The answer, browse through this site and then give Robertson Publishing a call.

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Robertson Publishing was started by Jon Robertson, who entered the book manufacturing business in the 1970s by typesetting and producing educational materials for Sky Oaks Productions. Jon was a writer himself during these early years and found a certain amount of frustration with the publishing process. To resolve this issue for himself and other under-published writers, he started Ellipsis... a “small press” literary magazine dedicated to breaking new ground and old barriers. In other words, Jon tried traditional methods, ran into traditional roadblocks, and decided to publish his own magazine. Which he did for four years.

From these early beginnings, Robertson Publishing began to take shape. Over the years individual authors have come to us, eager to get their books published, but unsure of how to do it. Well, we knew all about ISBN numbers, bar codes, layout and design, and we were already manufacturing thousands of books for Sky Oaks Productions and other commercial companies such as Hewlett-Packard, John Muir Hospital, and the like—so putting it all together just wasn't that difficult.

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Some books that were originally self-published:
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. His manuscript made the rounds of the mainstream houses and then he decided to publish himself. He started by selling copies out of the trunk of his Honda—over 100,000 of them.
A Time to Kill by John Grisham. He sold his first work out of the trunk of his car.
What Color is Your Parachute by Episcopal clergymen Richard Nelson Bolles. 22 editions, 6 million copies.
Feed Me, I’m Yours by Vicky Lansky was rejected by 49 publishers so she self-published and sold 300,000 copies.
In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters. More than 25,000 copies were sold directly to consumers in its first year.
The Christmas Box by Rick Evans. The 87-page book took him six weeks to write. He published it and promoted it himself. It did so well he sold out to Simon & Schuster for $4.2 million.
Diets Don’t Work has sold more than 600,000 copies since being self-published in 1982.
The Lazy Man’s Way to Riches. Joe Karbo never sold out and never courted bookstores. He sold millions of his books via full page ads in newspapers and magazines.
The One-Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson sold more than 20,000 copies locally before they sold out to William Morrow.
Fifty Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth spent seven months on the New York Times bestseller list and sold 4.5 million copies in its original and premium editions.
The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. (and his student E. B. White) as originally self-published for his classes at Cornell University in 1918. Now selling some 300,000 copies each year, more than 10 million have been sold.
The Beanie Baby Handbook by Lee and Sue Fox sold three million copies in two years.
Howe! published in 1995 by Colleen & hockey great Gordie Howe has sold nearly 135,000 copies in hardcover and raised $1 million for charitable causes.
The Adventures of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

David Halberstam
Full of sound, fury and brilliance

By Julia Keller
Tribune cultural critic

The intensity is what you remember. The passion, the righteous indignation, the savage sense of purpose. He had to shove all of that feeling and all of those facts into his work, and that is why, I suppose, some of his sentences were like Dagwood sandwiches -- those big, sloppy, comical snacks concocted by the cartoon character. They tended to go on and on and on, with clauses piled on top of clauses, new thoughts added to old thoughts, everything towering and slapdash. David Halberstam, who died Monday in a car accident, broke all the rules -- the ones about short, "reader-friendly" paragraphs and keeping things simple. All the smart advice. Read more...

Poetic justice: Robert Frost and roads of right and wrong

By Jay Parini

WEYBRIDGE, Vt. - Last winter, which in Vermont is serious business, a gang of local teens - and a few people a little older - got a bright idea. The Homer Noble Farm in Ripton, famous as the summer home of Robert Frost between 1938 and 1963, stood empty. It struck them as just the place for a party. Armed with lots of beer, the group made its way up the long, snow-packed road to the farmhouse and broke in. Over the course of a rowdy evening, they managed to inflict $10,000 worth of damage. But it wasn't until a hiker discovered the aftermath of the party that the law caught up with the revelers. All 28 were charged with trespassing.

I was horrified to hear about the break-in but relieved to learn that the place - where I had stayed off and on over many years, especially while writing my biography of Frost - was not damaged beyond repair.

An unusual sentence... With thoughts of Frost floating in my head, I got a call from the prosecutor in the case. His idea, which the judge embraced, was that part of the young invaders' community service would involve discussing Frost's poetry with me. If they studied with me for a period of time (to be determined by the judge and me), Read more...

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