Category Archives: subsidy publishing

Publishing your own book—no stigma needed!

Even as nontraditional publishing continues to grow—Bowker reports a whopping increase of 181 percent in 2009 over the previous year—there is still a stigma attached to self-publishing. I’ve read the articles, I’ve seen the tweets. There is still a pervasive … Continue reading

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The business of writing and self-publishing–a Q&A

(Cross-posted at the Writer’s Digest website.) What message do you find yourself repeating over and over to writers? Sue: The difference between true self-publishing and the so-called “self-publishing companies”—and why that difference is so important for authors to understand. Marilyn: … Continue reading

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Just because publishing is changing does not mean it’s dying

When I first read this article by Garrison Keillor, I kind of chuckled to myself—I mean, how seriously can I take the opinion of modern publishing from the dude who hales from the (albeit fictitious) “little town that time forgot … Continue reading

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Book review

Title: The Wealthy Author: The Fast Profit Method for Writing, Publishing & Selling Your Non-Fiction Book  Authors: Joe Gregory and Debbie Jenkins  Publishing Academy, 2009 Back cover synopsis: Renegade publishers, Debbie Jenkins and Joe Gregory, share their hard-won experience to … Continue reading

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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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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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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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