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Is Self-Publishing for You?

When considering whether or not to self-publish your book, keep in mind that traditional publishers publish much less than 1% of all unsolicited manuscripts they receive each year. Many industry insiders estimate the amount to be 0.1%. If you fall into the 99.9% that they reject, you will probably be very frustrated with that process, but you won’t be alone. With self-publishing, you take control of your own destiny. Make your book a success yourself! Ten years ago, if you could not interest a traditional Read More +

How To Self Publish a Book

Here are the basics of how to self publish a book: 1.  Write your manuscript You need to write your novel, how-to-book, short stories, memoir, or poetry in a single electronic manuscript, preferably in Microsoft Word.  Gone are the days when writers wrote on typewriters or wrote out their stories in longhand.  If you have your manuscript on a typewriter or written out in longhand you will need to find someone who can input the manuscript into a MS Word document or other electronic format. Read More +

Finding a Good Self Publishing Company

Here are 7 rules for any author shopping for a good self publishing company: 1.  You want to keep 100% of your rights Any self publishing company that does not allow you to keep 100% of your author rights is not a legitimate company, in my opinion, and you should avoid them at all costs 2.  You want a non-exclusive contract You don’t want to work with a company that restricts your rights and who you can work with.  You want someone who is trying Read More +

When Do I Need to Get Permissions?

Here are the essential self-publishing guidelines for getting permissions that every author needs to know: Quotes from published books Generally you need to get permission if you quote, in total, more than 100 words from a published book.  Less than 100 words is usually considered fair use for which you don’t have to have permission. Quotes from periodicals Generally, you need to get permission if you quote, in total, 50 words or more from a magazine or journal.  Less than 50 words is usually considered Read More +

Famous Authors Who Have Self Published

If you are thinking about self-publishing your book, you’re in good company. This is but a very small list, as thousands of famous writers have successfully self-published including: Edgar Rice Burroughs Zane Grey Rudyard Kipling DH Lawrence Gertrude Stein Virginia Woolf The Shack by William Young has sold 12 to 15 million copies since the book was originally self-published in May 2007. Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You To Know About is a self-published book by Kevin Trudeau and has sold over six million copies. The Read More +

Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Self Publish

When considering whether or not to self-publish your book, keep in mind that traditional publishers publish much less than 1% of all unsolicited manuscripts they receive each year. Many industry insiders estimate the amount to be 0.1%. If you fall into the 99.9% that they reject, you will probably be very frustrated with that process, but you won’t be alone. With self-publishing, you take control of your own destiny. Make your book a success yourself! Here are a few questions you may want to ask Read More +

SEO for Self Published Authors – Part 1

I am often asked, “How do I get my book to show up better on Google and other search engines?” Here is what I tell authors: You need Search Engine Optimization (SEO). That is, you need to help the search engines find your book and/or Author Name and encourage them to post this result near the top of the search engine results. To get started, you can do this: 1.       Website First of all, you have to have a stand-alone website; otherwise, you don’t have Read More +