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Self Publishing

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 Rick Frishman on November 15, 2008 at 6:17am
Hi everyone- Check out a new site.We just launched it yesterday. It is a better way of getting published.
let me know what you think
Comment by Debra Purdy Kong on November 14, 2008 at 9:18pm
Thanks, Malcolm. I keep plugging along. I'm getting ready to start blogging on amazon. I have three other blogs that focus on different topics, but someone told me that blogging on amazon is an essential promotional tool. I'd love to hear the thoughts of others on this.
Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell on November 13, 2008 at 7:13pm
Too bad about hassles with Ingram and Chapters. Powell's, of course, is a friendly online place, for me anyway. Best of luck!
Comment by Debra Purdy Kong on November 13, 2008 at 4:24pm
Hi Malcolm, Baker & Taylor and amazon are user friendly, so I've listed with them. Amazon also decided to list Fatal Encryption on and as well, which is great except that they don't carry the reviews over, so you have to relist them yourself. I haven't attempted B&N, and as a Canadian author writing a Canadian book, I'm not sure I will. I didn't try Ingram with Fatal Encryption, but I did a few years back with Taxed to Death. There was some glitch as I recall, but honestly, I haven't checked this out lately either. My colleagues and I are facing obstacles with attempts to list our books on the Chapters chain up here -- even their online store apparently insists that we have a distributor which isn't cost effective for me. If any self-published author, who doesn't have a distributor, has had success listing their books on Chapters or, please let me know!
Comment by Michael "Bart" Mathews on November 12, 2008 at 10:42am
Please visit me at to view my self published book titled Financially Speaking. I am open minded to all ideas that can increase the self-publishing point of view.

Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell on November 7, 2008 at 7:36am
Hi Debra,

Did you have any trouble getting your book into Ingram or Baker & Taylor as well as Amazon, B&N, etc.?

Comment by Debra Purdy Kong on November 6, 2008 at 8:34pm
Responding to Rick's question "what is your favorite way to self-publish?" It's by way of my own company, which my husband and I formed 13 years ago. We hired professional editors, jacket designers, found good printers, and publish under our own imprint, Gypsy Moon Press. We also get tax write-offs and our company pays me royalties. All in all, a pretty good arrangement.
Comment by Lori on November 6, 2008 at 6:56pm
My first book was published with Publish America.
The second, third, and fourth were published with
Have a wonderful Thursday!
God bless you!
Mrs. Lori E. Mazzola
Author of Tales of the Tree People
Comment by Saundra Goodman on November 6, 2008 at 3:46pm
Hi, everyone. I self-published with Dog Ear, then paid someone to create my web site. My book went up on Amazon over a year ago and I began blogging on Blogger. I was recently invited to be a featured blogger on in their Dental Community - a tremendous honor and recognition because my subject of oral health, keeping teeth, tooth loss, and denture gain is a difficult one. I can sure use some tips. I am no techie.

Comment by Assuanta Collins on October 13, 2008 at 1:00pm
Event for Self-Published authors.

October 18th, Wag Fest Literary Bazaar is the place to for self-published authors.

Wag Fest Litertainment is more than a literary conference and bazaar; it is a movement that promotes self sufficiency and resourcefulness. Although not exclusive, Wag Fest caters to independent and self published authors, poets, musicians, comedians, and artist. Starting in 2007 in New Jersey, a close knit group of authors got together in the spirit to sell books and have a good time. Since then, a second Wag Fest in March 2008 - this time in Seattle - proved to be a huge success with standing room only and a larger group of artists that traveled cross country to participate in this event. The saying at Wag Fest is "come as strangers but leave as family" and that has proven true time and time again.

In March 2008, Wag Fest Seattle consisted of a bustling poetry party and book bazaar. Special guests, BET Comedian D Lamont Hall and CJ Johnson of Hiram Clarke Films were in attendance, and CJ taught a class at the conference on how to turn your book into a film. CJ has an impressive resume and has worked with some of the best in the film industry. He provided a plethora of valuable information on the movie industry along with offering his services to convert your book into a film or play.

Trust us when we say - YOU WILL NOT WALK AWAY THE SAME!

ONLY $100 registration & vending fee.

If you are unable to make the event in October, you have the opportunity to send your promotional items for the inexpensive fee of $20. You can pay your fees via PayPal. The email address is

Asta Publications will be conducting “Writing is Hard Enough... Publishing Shouldn't Be!" workshop series at the Wag Fest event March 13-15, 2009 at Wag Fest in Seattle 2009 in Seattle. Go ahead and start making plans to attend this thought informative event, if you want to find out about the self-publishing industry. Self-publish the right way and save some money.

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