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Should I Self Publish? 3 Questions to Ask Before You Take the Plunge

These days, the media is full of success stories from self publishing authors. NPR got in on the trend this week, interviewing Michael Bunker, who’s making a fortune self-pubbing Amish sci fi. (Seriously. Check it out.) There’s money to be made in self publishing, and plenty of voracious readers who are eager for new books. But there are also a lot of writers who are jumping off the diving board without looking into the pool. And their experiences aren’t so good. So before you take the plunge, ask these three questions:  1. If your manuscript has been rejected by multiple agents and publishers, do you know why? Sure, maybe those agents and publishers don’t know that they’re looking at genius (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was rejected 12 times). Maybe they’re all just scared to take a risk on an unknown name. But maybe there’s something about your work that’s not […]

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Are publishers keeping too much of book sale profits?

“The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.” -Terry Pratchett   The war of the words continues: One author is circulating a letter in support of publishers in the Amazon-Hachette dispute. So another author launched an online petition in support of Amazon. The Authors Guild jumped in with their own artfully-worded response. Amazon replied with a zinger. This British study says that people who write books don’t make much money. Imagine that. This New York Times article implies that authors who write for Amazon can make a lot of money. And so it goes. Most of it is fun to watch for book business geeks like me, and hopefully it’s all helping authors attract more attention and sell more books. But as the rhetoric heats up, there’s this one pervasive idea that keeps coming up on the self publishing side of […]

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  • It’s Up to You to Get Noticed (Before You Self Publish #5)
    If you want to self publish, you will have to work to get noticed. Here we are at last, on the final point of this blog series “Before You Self Publish.” So far we’ve talking about the importance of thinking like a CEO, the danger of releasing a book too soon, the value of print, and the importance of the...
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