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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 Lorraine Harris on May 11, 2008 at 9:35am
I have six books all POD published. I'm thankful that modern technology has provided an alternative to traditional publishing. If not, I probably would still be receiving rejection letters for my books.

The bottom line for anyone whether self-published, POD published, Vanity Press, or traditional publishing is the marketing, promoting, and selling of your book(s). I've discovered that my books have sold very well but it's been because of my efforts in that area.
Comment by Linton Robinson on May 8, 2008 at 11:33pm
Again, I'd like to remind people of a new, but valuable resource: the forums at < A HREF="">Self Publishers Place

You can list a link to your book, and poke around the forum for some good tips on various aspects of self-publishing and promotion.
Comment by Linton Robinson on May 8, 2008 at 11:28pm
Hi Lynda
About Widgets. Get hold of Fraser, a very nice guy and member of this group. He can show you all about it. They are a very powerful sales and promo tool if you use them.
Comment by Joshua Busch on May 8, 2008 at 4:38am
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Comment by Lynn Tincher, Author on April 30, 2008 at 12:44pm
Hello everyone! It's good to see some great comments regarding iUniverse. I am publishing my first book, Afterthoughts, now through them. It's due to be released in September, so far I have been very impressed. If you would like to know more, please visit my website at I am looking forward to getting to know you all as well. Congratulations to everyone on the board on your accomplishments so far. Just to get to the point of being able to publish is a great accomplishment. To believe enough in yourself, yet another. Kuddos to everyone and good luck.
Comment by Janet J Enos on April 23, 2008 at 1:01pm
Hello all,

I'm with Lynda, what is a widget? Is there anyone out there that can answer this question for us?

As for converting a book to an e-book, amazon does it and calls it a kindle book. Not sure if that is the same thing, but apparently you can do it online.
Comment by Lynda J. Sanders on April 8, 2008 at 1:45pm
Hi all what is a widget
Comment by Joseph Langen on April 3, 2008 at 7:52am
Hi everyone,
I'm new here and am looking forward to having a community with which to discuss self publishing. I recently published my first novel, The Pastor's Inferno, and need some help getting focused in my marketing efforts. I'm looking forward to sharing the journey with you.
Comment by Miriam on April 1, 2008 at 2:28am
I have self published 3 p-books and am currently trying to convert them into e-books.
Any suggestions from the most secure software out there from those who have gone the e-book route?
Comment by Jane Rosalea Booth on March 27, 2008 at 8:37am
Hello to everyone. I want to invite you to my debut official author site I am happy to join this group and eager to learn about your self-publishing promotional ideas that were most successful for you. My book will be published this summer (June, 2008). I need help with finding Book Reviewers who will review self-published books.

Lorraine, I'm sure you must have some 'tips' for 1st time authors. Congrats on being considered for a movie!

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