Category Archives: POD self-publishing

Why self-publishing your book rather than pursuing the traditional route can be your best bet

I read a blog post today about why authors should pursue traditional publishing rather than try self-publishing from the start. For authors of fiction, I would probably agree that traditional publishing is definitely the more ideal model; but for authors … Continue reading

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Short run book printing and when POD makes the most sense

There seems to be a fairly common misconception among some would-be self-publishers that if they want to take advantage of print-on-demand technology, they have no choice but to go with a subsidy outfit such as Lulu, iUniverse, or Author House. What … Continue reading

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Book distribution and discounts: The problems with using a “self-publishing company”

One of the most appealing things about using a so-called self-publishing company for many authors is the lack of up-front investment. Companies such as Lulu cost very little, so eager authors jump right in—often without examining the fine print. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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So you’re thinking of publishing your own book. Is self-publishing a scam?

I read another blogger today who asked this same question—and his answer was that 99 percent of self-publishing is a scam. I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with him on that one—but only because he is using incorrect terminology. … Continue reading

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Publishing your own book? Avoid making costly mistakes!

Media Shift had an interesting article last week on The Pitfalls of Using Self-Publishing Packages. Basically, it offered a warning to authors who opt to go with so-called “self-publishing” companies such as iUniverse, Author House, and Lulu. This is a … Continue reading

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I certainly don’t think Author Solutions is “evil”–but they cannot “self-publish” anyone

I have to speak up again today after reading this blog post: http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/CommentView.aspx?guid=8f273388-29f7-4bcc-9b1f-3efd79f5cf10 The blog wasn’t cooperating with my comment addition, however, so I’m going to put it right here: “…the industry is now experiencing a “true self-publishing” movement that … Continue reading

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Yes, think hard before self-publishing–but understand what “true” self-publishing is first

I read this blog post today http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2010/03/think-hard-before-self-publishing.html from a literary agent, who basically thinks self-publishing is a bad idea for the vast majority of authors. Because I disagree with so much of what she says–from the standpoint of authors who … Continue reading

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Publishers Weekly still doesn’t understand the definition of “self-publishing”

Apparently, not even Publishers Weekly understands that POD ”self-publishing” is not self-publishing at all. Here is the article I responded to: http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6712254.html?talk_back_header_id=6637648#talkback. (There is a lot of other excellent feedback there, including from self-publishing pioneer Dan Poynter, so be sure to read … Continue reading

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What self-publishing is–and what it isn't…revisited

I received an email over the weekend, requesting that SPR get in touch with GLAWS (Greater Los Angeles Writers Society–http://www.glaws.org/). Apparently, the group had a meeting on self-publishing a while back, and they had people from iUniverse, AuthorHouse, and Xlibris … Continue reading

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New Harlequin line: self-publishing or subsidy publishing in disguise?

If you are even remotely tapped into the publishing world, you’ve heard all about the new Harlequin Horizons, wherein authors can pay $600 to $1,600 for their book to be “published.” (Hmmm…sounds like a vanity press to me.) This might … Continue reading

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