3 Types of Self-Publishing

Explore the 3 types of self-publishing: print, e-books, & audio

Three Types of Self-PublishingSelf-publishing, once vilified as an exercise in vanity, is now accepted as a viable option by most everyone – except perhaps those who earn a living in traditional publishing.

There are three segments to self-publishing: e-publishing (for Kindle and other e-readers), POD (print-on-demand), and audio books. Some POD vendors will also produce an e-book version, allowing for one-stop-shopping… read more>>

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Blogging is a Basic Form of Self-Publishing

Blogging connects writers directly to readers with no middlemen, delays, or layers of isolation.

Blogging is a Basic Form of Self-PublishingAt one time, not too long ago, most everyone decried self-publishing as second-rate, used only by the marginal scribe and unpublishable writer. This is no longer the case.

Now most everyone (but traditional publishers) views self-publishing as a viable option for anyone to consider, from novice to seasoned veteran. Indeed some indie authors self-publish because…  read more>>

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Should You Make Simultaneous Article Submissions?

Be upfront with editors if you are sending the same piece to multiple publications

Should You Make Simultaneous Article Submissions?When submitting an article to a magazine it’s a good practice to inform them if it’s a simultaneous submission, that is, if you’re sending it to others for consideration at the same time.

Making simultaneous submissions is like dating multiple people at the same time. If you are honest and careful, it can work, but if you’re not, someone will be hurt in the process… read more>>

 

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Half of Avid Book Readers Prefer Print

Readers who purchase many books each year evenly divide on print versus digital

Half of Avid Book Readers Prefer PrintIn 2012, Book Business magazine, reporting on a Verso Advertising study, noted that 49.7 percent of avid readers refuse to go paperless. They define avid book readers as those who purchase more than ten books per year.

Notice they use the word purchase and don’t say those who read ten or more books. I certainly read more than ten books annually, but I’m not sure if I buy ten…  read more>>

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Why I’m Bullish about Printed Books

The future for print books is strong and ripe with opportunity

Why I'm Bullish about Printed BooksMichael Weinstein, in his “Publishing Panorama” blog at BookBusinessMag.com, posted this headline: “Report from the Publishing Business Conference: This Just In: Sky Not Falling!” This was four years ago. I think his conclusions are even more true today.

Citing many credible sources, he builds a case for a strong future in print publishing, quite contrary to the naysayers who say…  read more>>

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Digital Publishing Pros and Cons

Consider both publishing options for your next book

Digital Publishing Pros and ConsFor the past few years, there has been a great deal of press — and hence a great deal of excitement — about e-books.

Correspondingly, there is also significant debate about the relative merits of each option. The purists insist that the printed version is the way to go, nearly sacred. While the technologists say that e-books are where it’s at…  read more>>

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Do Readers Want Digital Instead of Print?

Do Readers Want Digital Instead of Print?There’s a lot of hype and excitement about reading magazines and books electronically. All variety of statistics are being bandied about to support the deluge of digital. Studies are being conducted and consultants are consulting. There is euphoria over electronic reading.

But is it warranted? While digital reading is a tantalizing development and may someday change the way people interact with…  read more>>

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Why Printed Books Are Still Relevant

Though ebooks receive all of the hype, printed books are still important, for both readers and authors

Why Printed Books Are Still RelevantPeople like to talk about what is new, what is exciting, and what is fresh. That’s why the book publishing industry has so much buzz about reading digital books and listening to audio books.

I’m won’t dismiss those options–because they’re exciting opportunities for authors–but I do caution against overreacting. While digital and audio are fun, sexy, and viable, print is still king…  read more>>

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