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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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BEING YOUR OWN PUBLISHER

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 lulu.com 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.

Discussion Forum

LULU.COM Some leading questions 20 Replies

Started by Linton Robinson. Last reply by MAXINE P. SOSO Dec 20, 2009.

Who is your book distributor? 19 Replies

Started by Dana Marie. Last reply by Zhana Apr 19.

How to get started publishing your books 13 Replies

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Comment by Melanie Glotfelty on March 25, 2008 at 6:21pm
Nancy, is it a sequel?
Comment by Nancy Hine on March 25, 2008 at 9:56am
Thanks for the invite. I self published my first book. I found an editor and someone to do the cover through Ecademy. The editor recommended someone to do layout and a friend recommmended a printer. That just left me all the co-ordination to do, plus ISBN numbers etc. It was all pretty stressful, but having done it once doing it again would be pretty easy. However, I still have to sell enough copies to justify a second book. That seems to be the tricky bit.
Comment by Savannah Black on March 23, 2008 at 6:27am
Thanks for the invite. I have three self-published e-books. I self published after my publisher closed. Now I have to do all my own advertising and promos. I always did a lot of online promoing but now I have to be more diligent. I am thinking of using a local self publishing company located in Bloomington Indiana. I have been in contact with them for sometime. I want to combine my three book Trilogy into one and then have it published.
Savannah Black aka Wil C
Comment by Susan Whitfield on March 21, 2008 at 5:08pm
My first novel, Genesis Beach, was published by iUniverse. I was very pleased with the quality of the book, the cover, and the high level of communication, sometimes several times a day.
Comment by Linda A Lavid on March 21, 2008 at 4:04pm
Got to get me sea legs. Thanks for the invite.
Hasta la pasta.
Comment by Lynn C. Johnston on March 21, 2008 at 2:01pm
Hi Ken,
Yes, I've used iUniverse and I'm happy to report I was quite satisfied with the results. I compared a lot of the publishers out there, and I thought they would give me the best value for my money. There are several packages available depending on which services you want. If you have any more questions, let me know. Lynn aka Angel's Dance.
Comment by Linton Robinson on March 21, 2008 at 1:59pm
interactive, Michael? Cool. I really thought that "hyper books" would be the next thing, but they really haven't taken off.
Comment by Ken K. Chartrand on March 21, 2008 at 1:02pm
I am publishing my next book with a POD publisher. I have been considering iUniverse. Just got tired of waiting for an agent. Has anybody out there used them?
Comment by Michael J Eardley on March 21, 2008 at 10:26am
I first published Letter from Poitou myself as an interactive cd-rom, basically a website on the cd with pictures and sounds.
Interest in this led to it being made into a 'real' book but I strongly support writers having a go themselves and welcome innovations like Lulu.
 

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