Sunday, December 30, 2012

How To Self Publish Your Book on Amazon

Published author Gary Fong demonstrates how to self-publish on Amazon, and the differences between having a book deal vs. self publishing.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Are you Ready to Publish your Book?

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This video discusses options to get your book published. Authors need to understand each of these options to make the best decision. Before, there was only one route to getting a book published, but now you can self-publish, using print on demand, or ebooks, you can also publish into new platforms such as the kindle, the iPad, and or other ebook readers. Aside from the knowing all publishing options, authors should always use social media marketing and promotion to prepare the book's launch and sustain sales over time while building a following for the launch of future products.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Book Publishing Myths

Book Publishing Myths

This video, as many other videos on the subject do, relates especially to nonfiction self-publishing. However, there's enough here to warrant sharing this video to help fiction writers interested in self-publishing but afraid to make that first step. The video in particular deals with some of the main doubts of self-publishers, including thinking they're not good enough and their fear of financial failure.

Book Publishing Myths

Sunday, October 7, 2012

How to Publish Your Book, Novel, or Short Story

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In this video fiction author George Weir gives you information about how to publish your book. He discusses the various option you have-- self publishing or going the traditional route with a publisher. This video has lots of helpful tips and will help you look at publishing realistically.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

What Does Self Publishing Look Like To Book Buyers?

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By: Tammy D. Pruitt


Numerous readers are actually noticing that numerous publications obtainable are personally published. Because of the inflow of such publications, self-publishing is now turning out to be a widespread home phrase. Several book authors are targeting independence with regards to publishing textbooks. What's self-publishing? To begin with, it is actually a common practice in which book writers prefer to publish textbooks by themselves rather than through third-party or major publishers. You can find just a lot of legitimate causes why self publishing is extremely popular among writers. Initially, it eliminates the necessity to adapt and adjust to choices and demands of publishers in order that original style and content material is retained. Second, to writers, it could possibly be less nerve-racking as there may be no room for denial. In the eyes of book readers and non-authors, is self-publishing perfect? Several may possibly assert it is, while other people might disagree completely. For the professional self publishing, there are apparent factors exactly why the practice is beneficial. It offers different writers possibilities to create their books known to everybody. Audience is offered much more options. The more publications there are, the bigger is readers reference resources obtaining. Competition is bolstered in order that costs of textbooks are made more inexpensive. This obviously is to the pleasure of readers or customers. Much more self-sufficient publications imply a lot more options. The bookworms in individuals would definitely be chattering. People could have much more options. They might pick textbooks whose writers are more clearly raising things. In case a reader does not easily realize what a book states, there might be easier alternatives. There's no point staying with a book which is not comprehensive enough. Viewers may also be taking note of the down sides. The major problem is all about the quality. Simply because self printed publications are not normally criticized or edited by a 3rd party previous to printing, audience may see the content and writing pattern amateurish. This is not excellent simply because the moment viewers think less of a book; they might start drifting away from that writer and its content. Since several readers in the beginning avoid self printed books, several authors incur large losses in the end. This isn't positive in such authors. Remember that audience is a lot wiser nowadays due to the financial crisis.


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One of the large worries that several authors have regarding self publishing is that by using printing on demand they'll seem like they are not considerable writers or that perhaps the reading general public will not take them significantly simply because they aren't displayed by a huge publishing place. The fact is that non-authors see self publishing as many things.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

SPECIAL REPORT - The Top Ten Self-Publishing Myths

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SPECIAL REPORT - The Top Ten Self-Publishing Myths

Author: Michelle Thomas


Myth #10: The only authors who self-publish are those whose writing is not good enough to be published by a traditional publisher.

Truth:This was probably never true because the first publishers were in direct competition with rich men who could afford to self-publish. These publishers actually created the concept of the vanity press, and rode that horse to huge profits. Today, however, things have changed. Rumor in the book industry has it that no large publishers are offering contracts to new authors unless that author has a following of at least 25,000 and a large online presence. For most major publishers, this is unofficial policy. Book sales in the 10,000 to 20,000 range used to be enough to make the midlist, but these days, a book with these sales would be considered a failure by large houses. The midlist author of the past is today's self-published author.

Myth #9:  Readers don't want to read self-published books.

Truth: Readers do not want to read bad books, no matter how they were produced. Although publishers and other writers might be biased against self-published books, readers just want to know that they're going to get their money's worth. Huge self-publishing successe s like The Celestine Prophecy, and The One Minute Manager prove that readers are interested in the content, not who published the book. The issue is trust. That's why it's so important forself-published authors to make sure they get the best book possible out there. If it's well written and well marketed, readers will buy it.

Myth #8: People who read can tell when a book is self-published because the standards of production are lower.

Truth: While publishing professionals might be able to tell the difference, regular readers will not notice minor differences in binding or laminating, and as long as your book looks more or less the same as similar books and the text is easy to read, most buyers won't know (or care) about the size of the margins or the gutters.

Myth #7: Self-publishing is expensive because you have to order a lot of books up front and pay for publishing services.

Truth: A book is a product that you are trying to sell, and it has to be comparable in quality to the competition: other books that others are trying to sell. If you know how to format your own book and design your own book cover using software like Photoshop you can probably do a lot of the setup yourself. You will still need to obtain and ISBN, an EAN, a Library of Congress number, and a barcode, and you will also want distribution, and possibly editing. If you can afford it, these services are available through publishing companies. Some publishers do require their authors to order minimum print runs, which can cost thousands, or even tens of thousands, of dollars. However, POD (print on demand) publishers don't require authors to order any books. And in some cases, a number of books are included with the publishing package.

 Myth #6: No one reviews self-published books.

Truth: In fact, self-published books do get reviews. Some even get reviewed in major magazines and newspapers. However, these are the exception, not the rule. Most POD books get reviewed on radio, in local media, in regional magazines, and on the internet.

Myth #5: Self-publishing is expensive because you have to pay large setup fees.

Truth: Some publishing companies include the actual publishing of the book in the setup fees. If the setup fee includes formatting, the essential administrative numbers (ISBN, EAN, LOC#, and barcode), a custom cover, and distribution then you aren't really paying for setup, you're paying for publishing services. Watch out for those companies who tell you a small setup fee that doesn't include any real services.

Myth #4: It's hard for self-published authors to succeed because they have to do all their own promotion.

Truth: Here's a quote from a Senior Editor at Harper Collins: "I won't even look at a book unless the author is prepared to do a book tour and book signings..." If that's not work, I don't know what is. All authors are required to do promotion on their books. No one, except celebrity authors, gets their books out into the marketplace without working for it. No large publisher will take on a new writer who isn't about to do the promotion, the book tours, and the media interviews.

Myth #3: Self-published authors are at a disadvantage because they're unknown and there's no quality control system in place on published books.

Truth: Self-published authors are usually unknown; there's not much that can be done about that. However, there are a few self-publishing companies who do insist on quality in editorial as well as production values. Such publishers don't take every book that comes in "over the transom," and because they have standards, it's easier for potential readers to trust the books they sell.

Myth #2: Most self-published authors can't get their books into large chain brick-and-mortar bookstores like Barnes and Noble and Borders, and you have to have books on these shelves to be successful.

Truth: Once, chain bookstores were the only place to buy books, but that's no longer true. According to a recent poll, only 32% primarily shop for books in chain bookstores. 43% of respondents buy their books online and 9% buy most of their books from small, independent bookstores. 16% bought elsewhere--in drug stores, specialty shops, supermarkets, warehouse clubs, and airports. Plainly, since 68% of buyers buy elsewhere, chain bookstores are no longer the be-all and end-all of bookselling.

Myth #1: Self-publishing is okay for some, but I want writing to be my career.

Truth: The length of the mainstream author's career is under the control of his or her publisher, and future prospects are only as good as the sales of the last book. If your book doesn't earn back its advance, or sells only modestly beyond the advance, the publisher will not want to publish your next book. It may be rare for a self-published book to become a bestseller, but for that matter, it's rare for any book to become a bestseller. Most books make their money in the long tail of sales, which can bring in as much income as the bestseller, the difference being that this money comes in over time rather than all at once. Those writers who persevere no matter what, who continue to write and to publish, who continue to add books to their product line and promote them, can succeed.

A self-published author's career isn't over until the author decides to stop publishing. The self-published author's career makes it or doesn't based on the author's work and the author's willingness to keep writing, publishing, and promoting. It's not up to anyone else to decide if you'll be an author; and it's not up to anyone else to decide when you'll quit.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

An honest article about self-publishing

While companies offer you what seem like great deals to help you self-publish your novel, you might want to take a step back and be realistic.
You need to be realistic about your goals, first of all. Then, do your research.
This short but honest article will help you as a first step.

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To Publish Or Not To Publish

By Alan Williams

For some years now a quiet revolution has been taking place within the publishing industry. Technology has been gradually winding up and getting its act together. And the result is that writers now have more options than ever to get published. But is this shift of power really for the better?

That is the question…

It used to be that the big decision as to whether or not a manuscript was ever dusted down polished up and revealed to the world was taken by the traditional publishing houses. Of course there has always been Vanity Publishers. But these were never a serious contender that threatened to change publishing in a big way. However, over the past decade or so On Demand Publishing has been steadily gathering momentum and is now a serious alternative to the big publishing houses.

My aim with Archy The Flying Dolphin was to write a fantasy adventure… a rollercoaster ride of fun, excitement and danger, where evil lurks around every mysterious corner. All the colorful and memorable characters came naturally, from the story, as if they had been there all along. But my overriding goal was always to keep my reader intrigued and entertained.

And my next step was getting published, taking the various options into consideration.


Print On Demand Publishing is not new. But over the past decade or so it has evolved and is finally making its mark in the world. By printing books to order it eliminates the initial expensive runs. Publishers or Self-Published Authors are not left with piles of books unsold that end up being destroyed. The downside is that high street prices for on-demand books are slightly higher. But the upside is your book is never out of print. You can launch your book as often as you decide. You can even use it to test the market. If your book has been rejected by the traditional houses, through on-demand publishing you can prove that your book has an audience and was a winner after all. Remember, the pressures on traditional publishing are ever increasing. They are inundated with manuscripts. It's no wonder they pass on the majority of submissions. But if you publish through an on-demand publisher and your book starts to perform on the open market, it's not uncommon for the traditional publishers to show an interest.

X Factor…let's be honest!

When going down the route of on-demand publishing a writer must be realistic. Not all books are totally commercial vehicles that have potential to become bestsellers. So be honest about the limitations. Go into the venture with your eyes wide open and your goals clearly set. That way you will enjoy the experience and create a possibility that you will realize achievable goals. Steer clear of improbable hopes and dreams in order to avoid the heartbreaking disappointments. However, if your book truly has the potential to end up on the bestseller list and be turned into the next blockbuster movie, then employ a professional reader/editor to confirm your belief, find the best marketing company you can afford, and…go for it!

About the Author: Alan Williams is the author of Archy the Flying Dolphin & The Vampire’s Curse which was published in December 2007, and is the first in a series of six children’s books. If you’d like to find out more visit the web site: Archy the Flying Dolphin.

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