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Offline Elizafaith13

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Authors catch fire with self-publishing
« on: February 09, 2011, 02:18:25 PM »
http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2011-02-09-ebooks09_ST_N.htm?sms_ss=twitter&at_xt=4d529d1533ebd29d%2C0

I saw this tweeted by Rachelle Gardner. For someone who is fairly new, an article like this stirs up confusion and fear. Personally,I am still trying to find an agent and go the traditional route.  Do we end up missing out on this new trend, by not self-publishing? I wonder how many success stories, like this, exist in that world.
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Re: Authors catch fire with self-publishing
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2011, 02:50:25 PM »
Needles in a haystack. 

For every major author to rise from the kindle there are thousands upon thousands you've never heard of.  (But that's sorta true about mainstream midlist authors as well.)

When you selfpublish you are responsible for all of the things a traditional publisher would take care of: graphic design, revisions, quality control, marketing, distribution, etc... but without the sort of resources that a big publisher has at their command.  You can cut corners, but keep in mind that you don't get a second chance to make a first impression on readers. 

If you selfpub because your dream is to see your book on the shelves of your local Barnes & Noble or on the New York Times Bestseller list, well... it won't happen. Not unless you get picked up by a reprint house.  I'm not being a negative cheerleader here, it's just not possible.  A little guy can't offer the brick and mortar booksellers the same sort of discounts and deals that a publishing behemoth can offer.  It's these booksellers who drive the bestseller list.

But there are many advantages to selfpubbing.  You have complete creative control, you have a faster turnaround time, you set your own price, and you don't have to worry about your book being remaindered or going out of print.  Plus it's great if writing about something publishers don't want to see, but you're pretty sure reader haven't gotten enough of.  (Vampires anyone?)

If in doubt, keep querying.


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Re: Authors catch fire with self-publishing
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2011, 03:08:31 PM »
There are a lot of people in the world. Could have something to do with marketing.

Now, if only I knew how to market an e-book.
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Re: Authors catch fire with self-publishing
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2011, 03:24:40 PM »
Now, if only I knew how to market an e-book.

You can find answers to that and many other self-pubbing questions here:  http://parapublishing.com/sites/para/   :)

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Re: Authors catch fire with self-publishing
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2011, 03:56:24 PM »
karma Bodwen. Great points. I guess that article is no different than a success story like Twilight or HP.
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Re: Authors catch fire with self-publishing
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2011, 09:28:44 AM »
This guy will make you think twice about traditional publishing. But to be fair, he already had a following from his traditional publishing career.
http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2010/09/konrath-ebooks-sales-top-100k.html

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Re: Authors catch fire with self-publishing
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2011, 11:24:50 AM »
As indicated in another thread, this has got me really thinking about going that way. I might try one of my 7 novels and see how it works.
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Re: Authors catch fire with self-publishing
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2011, 11:33:53 AM »
This guy will make you think twice about traditional publishing. But to be fair, he already had a following from his traditional publishing career.
http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2010/09/konrath-ebooks-sales-top-100k.html


WOW. Question:  He mentioned something about keeping e-book rights. How does that work? Can you get published and keep them? Then go sell your e-book version?
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Re: Authors catch fire with self-publishing
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2011, 07:46:34 PM »
JA is a master at selling himself and his books.  He works full-time at it. Keep that in mind before you go starry-eyed into the night. 
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Re: Authors catch fire with self-publishing
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2011, 09:13:22 PM »
WOW. Question:  He mentioned something about keeping e-book rights. How does that work? Can you get published and keep them? Then go sell your e-book version?

You can ask, but you probably won't receive.

A lot of older contracts allowed users to keep their e-book rights because it wasn't considered a viable platform.  Publishers probably fought harder for the amusement park rights.  Before that e-book rights weren't covered because such a thing didn't exist.  Publishers assumed that if they owned the print rights they automatically owned the e-book rights as well.  They assumed wrong.

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Re: Authors catch fire with self-publishing
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2011, 01:17:34 PM »
From what I get out of Kindle, they only have the e-rights and the author can seek other means to produce hardcopy. Then, in many cases, Amazon sells POD stuff online. Just, for hard copy, one needs an ISBN while its NOT needed for epubs.
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