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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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Latest Activity: Dec 4


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 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.
Comment by Bobby Ozuna on October 3, 2008 at 8:55am
Hello everyone! If you want to discover how I came to write and publish my first novel--Proud Souls--then don't miss my LIVE and UNSCRIPTED interview on blog talk radio's--"The Odd Mind!"
The interview will run tonight, October 3rd from 8~9PM CST.

Check out my blog, "Drawing Stories...With Words" for all the details and find out how you can win a complimentary--autographed--copy of my book tonight!!!

~Bobby Ozuna
author of PROUD SOULS
Comment by Tom Mcgreevy on October 1, 2008 at 2:45am
Published my POD book with Rossendale Books, over here in the UK. And had a fantastic service before, after, and ongoing.
My Book published 1st June 2008: ' Poems for Paula ' by Tom Mcgreevy

Why not pay a visit to my website ? You will be most welcome
Have a nice day all !
Comment by Bobby Ozuna on September 24, 2008 at 8:23am
Authors WANTED for "author interview" section of Melly's Spot blog...
See my latest blog posting for updates and information!!!

~Bobby Ozuna
Drawing Stories...With Words
Comment by James Conroyd Martin on September 23, 2008 at 10:01pm
Hi, all,

I'm now with St. Martin's Press, but I started out with Xlibris. I think I may be able to contribute here.

James Conroyd Martin
Author of Push Not the River & Against a Crimson Sky
Comment by Bobby Ozuna on September 18, 2008 at 11:55am
Hello everyone... I just joined the group today and I am very impressed. I have spent the past year working (HARD) to discover ways to help the independent publisher/author find success. I have been very fortunate in our promotion of my novel: "Proud Souls."

You can find me on MySpace, Facebook & Blogger... my homesite is here:

Oh and stop by to check out the reviews of my self-released title: "Proud Souls."
Comment by Jasper Blake on September 17, 2008 at 2:53pm
Social Media Marketing is the way to go - see the following article -
If anyone is interested in marketing their book in such a manner you can contact me through the DBYB website.
Comment by John Wagner on August 7, 2008 at 12:21am
Hello my name is John. And I'm happy I found you guys. Best wishes to us all.

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