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Self-Publishing Standards Part One

The author who embarks on the journey into self-publishing takes on a great many tasks. If they choose to fulfil all the tasks themselves, they have, in effect, taken on the running of a small business and everything that goes with it.…

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Ebooks and Environmental Impact

In the interesting and heated discussion in the post about the future of ebooks, it was raised that the environmental benefits of ebooks are one of its major advantages. While there’s not a great argument to be made that reading a book on an e-reader is preferable to reading a printed book, the environmental impact is something that does make ebooks superior to the printed word.…

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The Business of Self-Publishing

The reality is that self publishing can be boiled down to two avenues. They both have a common denominator – business. You can attach all the labels you want on to self publishing, but when the mist has settled, and for whatever set of reasons a writer has chosen to pursue self publishing, they must understand that they are entering a form of business.…

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The Types of Self-Publishing – Peeling Away the Layers of Confusion

When I first started researching the area of Self Publishing about two years ago, I was struck by the multitude of terms used both writers and publishers to define their own business. We can easily review many self publishing companies and rattle off terms like Vanity Publishing, Subsidy Publishing, POD (Print-on-demand) Publishing, Partnership Publishing and Independent Publishing.…

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How to Get a Self-Published Book into Libraries

One of the major ways that mainstream authors sell books is to library chains across the U.S.  Even if a traditionally published novel does not sell to the reading public, libraries can significantly make up the difference.  There are over 16,000 public libraries, plus thousands more university and specialty libraries in the U.S., so this comprises a significant sales opportunity. …

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The Do-It-Yourself Book Tour

Big publishers, when they are trying to make a bestseller, put authors on a 20-city book tour. The idea is to create media buzz, so these combine media interviews and book signings, and are rather expensive. A self-published author, however, can do something similar without breaking the bank.…

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Self-Published Book Awards

Some make the argument that book contests are a way to rip off writers. Authors submit a book and a fee for the hopes of winning the contest and the grand prize, usually a sum of money. The majority of writers will receive nothing from the contest and be out the $50-$100 it normally costs to enter the contest.…

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Book Marketing: Bookmarks in My Pocket

Bookmarks are a widely accepted promotional device in bookstores and libraries, and definitely something you should have in your marketing arsenal.  However, just sending them out can be both ineffective and expensive.  Imagine my horror when I discovered that one bookstore manager last year had given the ones we sent him to a lady who wanted them for a crafts project for her kids. …

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