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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 martha tucker on July 19, 2008 at 6:44pm
I'm looking for an excellent and reasonable book trailer producer.

Martha Tucker
Comment by Janet J Enos on July 17, 2008 at 8:07am
Good Morning to all,

Just wanted to take a minute to let some of you folks know that I, like others, work a full time job outside the home. And I, like others, check our emails at work. :)Just a thought to ponder, for those of you who add/play music or movies the minute someone visits your speakers play internet music all day. If I visit your site, your music/movie takes over my speakers and I cannot click out of your profile fast enough. Although what I am doing is okay where I work, it prevents me from visiting your site unless I am checking at home. (rarely) Was wondering if you could make your sites quiet unless one clicks a box to start the music/movie. ??? No big deal either way. Just a thought for you to ponder for your visitors. You never know whom visits you. :)
Comment by Tom Mcgreevy on June 25, 2008 at 12:43am
Hi all,
I'm a new member to ' Self Publishing ' . My name is Tom Mcgreevy, from over in Berkshire in the UK. I am a freelance poet, and have just published my (POD) first collection of poetry called POEMS FOR PAULA, with Rossendale Books Publisher. I am more than happy with results, and much much quicker than the traditional publishers out there.
View my book at:
or visit me on my large website for details of me, my work, and lots of other stuff of interest to writers/poets:
best regards from England
Tom Mcgreevy
Comment by Allen Ketchersid on May 23, 2008 at 5:16am
I have been promoting my Christian books and publishing services through Ad Surf Daily as an marketing experiment for about a month now. It is an ad surfing co-op enterprise. I have generated 1200 visits to my sites and obtained one solid prospect contact (for publishing services). I started with a free membership which allows you to promote one web site for 10 days. I then bought $50 in ad packages, which qualifies you to promote 3 web sites (or one site three times as much). In one month's time I have received $15.61 cash back in rebates on that $50 ad purchase and will continue to receive rebates until I get 125% of my purchase price back (looks like that will take 3-4 months). By that time I will have generated 4-5 thousand hits to my sites and have my ad money back (plus 25%). I would be interested to know if anyone else is promoting books or publishing through ASD or any other such system. If you want to experiment with it, you can go to
Comment by Lynn Tincher, Author on May 13, 2008 at 8:50am
SPECIAL OFFER: Visit and pre-order your autographed copy of Afterthoughts. Use coupon code ACS2008 during the checkout process. With this coupon, you will receive $5.00 off your order and the American Cancer Society will get 10% of all the revenue from the sales. Please feel free to forward the coupon code to any one that may be interested in helping.
Comment by Lynn Tincher, Author on May 12, 2008 at 2:12pm
I am excited to announce some new changes to my newsletter (eZine). I am adding two new sections and will start publishing those sections in my June edition.

The first section will feature artists of all kinds. If you are an artist, musician, author, painter, actor, etc., please visit to submit your ad, information, links to websites and the like to be considered for publication.

I will also have a Readers Care section. This is open for submissions of all kinds. If you are afiliated with an organization, charity, community event that you are passionate about, submit an article to me to be considered for publication. Your voice matters! Visit to submit your article.

Please forward this email to anyone you know that may be interested in submitting something to be published in the eZine. The eZine is already reaching hundreds of people in the US, Canada and the UK. This is my way of giving back by providing this service FOR FREE to everyone. If you have received this email from a friend, please sign up on my website so that you can receive the eZine.

Thank you all for your support and help I've received over the last couple of months. I could not have done this without you!

Lynn Tincher
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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