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SELF-PUBLISHING STAGGERING

Alex Keegan is a highly successful author, most of whose titles have been traditionally published.  Here are his comments in the discussion group Fiction Writers Guild of LinkedIn: Some Staggering Figures About Self-Publishing      The best estimate of SP titles was 1.2 … Continue reading

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FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH

  [I follow the blog of Seth Godin, author of 12 books translated into 30 languages.  In this post, he says things such as: “There is no such thing as effective book promotion by a book publisher.” “If you need … Continue reading

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DIY – THERE’S A RIGHT WAY

[Here’s a new idea – if you are thinking of self-publishing, ask someone who has had 90 books published the traditional way.  This Crabbit Old Bat (self-described) is a breath of fresh sea water (I don’t know the appropriate analogy – … Continue reading

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WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?

[Does self-publishing have pitfalls? You betcha. Are you cut out for self-publishing? Mebbe.  Mebbe not.] http://www.graspingforthewind.com/2011/12/16/when-self-publishing-goes-wrong/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+GraspingForTheWind+(Grasping+For+The+Wind)&utm_content=Google+Reader [What did you get from the post?  I got . . . a) Quality matters.  A lot. b) Publishing goes far beyond writing. c) … Continue reading

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STELLAR WRITING POSSIBLE FOR NON-STARS

[“It is now affordable for an author to hire professional help for all the steps needed to publish a stellar book.”  In the following link, Gary Gauthier says so much that is agreeable to a self-publisher.  When someone echoes my … Continue reading

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IN A GLASS CLEARLY

[More predictions . . . http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2011/ten-bold-predictions-for-book-publishing-in-2012/

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WIN SOME, LOSE A LOT

[Who’s winning?  The traditional publisher or the indie?  You’ve heard the pros and cons on this blog before, and you will again, so you may be interested in what the following blogger sees in his crystal ball:] http://writeitforward.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/ten-daring-predictions-for-2012-from-the-indie-author-trenches/

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I WILL do better I WILL do better I WILL

[Every New Year I make a resolution to never make a New Year’s resolution, and I do not intend to break that tradition. However, it can be fun looking at other people’s New Year’s resolutions, just to see what pledges … Continue reading

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CUT TO THE NITTY-GRITTY

[The following is an excerpt from a 7,000-word exchange between Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath.  They are discussing an internal memo of Hachette Book Group that someone leaked.  The discussion becomes a paean for self-publishing.  Remember, these guys, Barry and Joe, are … Continue reading

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IMPATIENT? SELF-PUBLISH.

[The following will be an inspiration to aspiring authors and a validation for self-published writers.] http://janefriedman.com/2011/12/06/what-good-salespeople-know/

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