Anyone who has ever finished a novel–and all those many more who have not been able to–will tell you that the writing and re-writing and tearing apart and starting over and writing some more, not to mention the drinking caused by all this, takes up a fair bit of time. So when it was finally over I breathed a naive sigh of relief, thinking that the hard part was behind me. Continue reading
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My books on frugal marketing keep shuttling between self-published and traditionally published. Continue reading →
Wait. I’m not famous, so you won’t publish my book and help me GET famous? You want ME to do all the work and perhaps sometime in the future you’ll consider me if I ever get national exposure?
I contacted several publishers and had a few conversations with one. But for me, the issues were that I would make very little money per copy and that I would lose full control of the content. Continue reading →
In hindsight, all I can say is: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Continue reading →
Self-publishing was not my first choice. I spoke to agents and publishers and in all my discussions and interviews I was always the chicken and they were the egg and if I was the egg they were the chicken. Continue reading →
I’ve gotten extensive praise for the writing and much of the credit goes to these editors who helped me tighten and strengthen my writing.
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Okay, so I’ve been a “paying-all-the-bills-and-then-some” writer since 1994 and just released my fourth book. Continue reading →
My book sold out its original 1000 copies and is in its second printing, having received excellent reviews in professional journals and national press. Continue reading →
I naively chose CreateSpace over Lulu because I blithely (and probably wrongly) assumed that most of my sales would be from Amazon anyhow. Continue reading →
Self-publishing is not for the timid. Continue reading →
Has it been easy to do all the heavy lifting? No, but these days the traditional publishing world also demands significant author participation. Self-publishing was not my first chose but it turned out to be the right one. Continue reading →
Thanks to word of mouth and a loyal fan club, though, within five months I had paid off all the costs incurred from self-publishing, and orders keep coming in. Continue reading →
Publishing, marketing and distribution are a full time job. Would I go through conventional publishing channels given the chance? Absolutely! Continue reading →
Set high standards. It is important to conform to publishing standards by making your independently published books indistinguishable from those published traditionally-including impeccable editing (both text and context), professional layout, and cover design.
Trust your instincts. I did not love the cover
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iUniverse did a spectacular job at packaging and printing Midnight in Rome; the quality of the book could not have been any better coming from a traditional publishing house. But the investment of time and money after the publishing process was simply too great a burden to shoulder individually. Continue reading →
Let’s take the last question first: Would I prefer to have a real publisher instead of taking on the challenge myself? Frankly, my answer is much different today than it was only a few years ago, and the answer is: No. Continue reading →
As I’ve further investigated the issue of POD/self-publishing versus traditional publishing, I’ve come to wonder why more authors aren’t turning to the former. Continue reading →
I signed my first contract with a publisher. I gave up the right to sell my self-published version (which hurt when I received an order for a hundred copies from a hospital) and spent an entire summer rewriting the manuscript according to the editor’s specifications. But moments before the book went to press, the publisher downsized. My editor was let go…and so was my book. Continue reading →
Arrange for worldwide distribution. Plan your book release. Have a website or wiki up and running. Make yourself a social networking fanpage. Sort out a book signing or two. Get friends to suggest your book to their book clubs. Continue reading →
After 28 publishers rejected my first book, I decided maybe they were right. I slid the manuscript into a drawer and wrote another book. After 89 publishers rejected the second book, I decided they were all wrong. I formed Clearwater Publishing Company and published it myself.
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After speaking with many traditionally published authors, what I have learned is that there is little if any support once the publisher releases a book. Continue reading →
Self publishing was the ideal direction for my book project as I did not want to lose creative control or have limited distribution channels. Continue reading →
I had heard from numerous health writers that their experience with “traditional” publishers was not a good one. I wanted to have the book done quickly and in the way I wanted. Continue reading →