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Discussions and recources for all types of self-publishing, from using POD publishing services to doing your own printing and distribution.

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Yeah, yeah, there's new tech parameters and a paradigm shift and all that.

But the important thing is that there are (and always have been) alternatives to writing something then trying to sell the rights to a publishing company. This group is to explore these areas of self-owned publishing biz.

Some writers have niche books, some have special needs (like texts for their seminars), some are just too entrepreneurial to sell of their own inspirations. And some just want to see something in print.

There is a spectrum these days, from big publishers through the new, small POD publishers, to using publishing services like or iuniverse, to printing yourself and selling online, to release of downloadable mp3 "podcasts" or pdf manuals.

If you have expertise, experience, or questions in this area, don't be shy about posting them here. It's a rapidly expanding field and nobody knows everything about it, but lots of us are learning enough to do what we want to do and successfully get it across the counter.

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Comment by Rita Schiano on January 11, 2009 at 2:13pm
25 Book Publishing Guidelines You Should Know
Rita Schiano

So, the masterpiece is done. Now what? Should you self-publish your book? Use print-on-demand? Try to find a publisher, or start your own publishing company?

25 Book Publishing Guidelines You Should Know by Rita Schiano will help you sort out which book publishing direction is best for you, as well as provide “insider” tips on wading through the process.

Topics include:

1. Preparing your manuscript
2. Should you hire an editor, copyeditor, or proofreader...and how to determine which you may need.
3. Traditional publishing vs. self-publishing
4. Vanity press vs. subsidy press
5. Writing the query letter
6. What you need to know to start your own small press

..... and 18 more guidelines, a list of resources and web sites to help you get your book published, and words of wisdom to keep you on track.

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"Rita Schiano's 25 Book Publishing Guidelines You Should Know offers just the right amount of help to clarify the jungle called publishing. A wonderful guide, filled with resources and great tips."

— Rebecca Lerwill, award-winning author of Relocating Mia and soon-to-be-released The Acronym

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Rita Schiano was the Vice President of Books Acquisitions for a New York publishing company and is the founder of The Reed Edwards Company. Rita has worked with a number of authors including most recently:

* Darren LaCroix and Rick Seigel (Laugh and Get Rich)
* Maggie Moran (The Magic In Me, Aunt Rosa's House, Someone Took Vanessa's Bike)
* Patrick Kelley (I, of the Storm)
* Dennis McCurdy (Find A Way: A Guide To Getting The Most Out Of Life and 52 Ways To Find A Way)
* Janina Chung (Far East Of The Sun)
* Dr. Ron Breazeale (Reaching Home and Duct Tape Isn't Enough)
* Natalie Brown-Douglas (Last Night I Left Earth For Awhile)

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Comment by Ken K. Chartrand on January 7, 2009 at 3:54pm
I have three books that are considered POD or self published. I promoted one better than the other two and have seen sales increase a little with that one. I am though, going to search out an agent just to see if my fourth book will benefit.
Comment by Stefhen Bryan on January 4, 2009 at 9:26pm
ive heard of them, but ive heard that iUniverse is the best of those POD publishers. december 07 i almost went with iuniverse, but decided not to.
Comment by schodak on January 4, 2009 at 7:03pm
I'd like to know anyone's experience if any with distribution of a POD book via classic distributor channels. Especially children's books.
Comment by selfpublishingreview on January 4, 2009 at 6:36pm
Hi, I edit a site devoted to self-publishing: book reviews, interviews, how to's, and the like. Please check it out:

Self-Publishing Review
Comment by Robert Saunders on January 2, 2009 at 3:29pm
Comment by Robert Saunders on January 2, 2009 at 2:13pm
Make $1000 Daily while changing the world!I have authored over 28 books and I make self publishing easy. Feel free and ask me a question.
Comment by Typing Monkey on December 14, 2008 at 5:13pm
I just heard something about board books three days ago in one of my Yahoo Groups. Let me see if I can track that down.
Comment by Eddie Ritz on December 14, 2008 at 3:43pm
I am a new author with very little experience. Since it is so hard to get noticed in the publishing world, I am publishing my own book(DESIGN REVOLUTIONS MEDIA, LLC). I have contacts in China as well as in the states for printing. My book is very labor intensive due the the many elements in the book. It is a picture, board book that has lift the flaps, look and find, ABC page, and a magnetic puzzle in the back. The book is about construction equipment and based off my son. I don't think anyone manufacturers these kind of books in the states anymore, especially for self-publishers. Has anyone tried self-publishing a picture, board book? Thank you for all the good input.

Comment by Sherlyn Powell on December 10, 2008 at 1:06pm
I suggest going online and looking up Preditors and Editors. They have a list of publishers, agents, lawyers etc. and a little bit of background information.

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