Is Self-Publishing a Book Profitable?

Publishing a Book Digitally 

By Deborah S. Nelson

Tablet computer color splashNow that digital publishing has entered the playing field of the World Wide Web, a new question arises over the horizon of online book publishing. Is it possible to make money when publishing a book? In this article we address the question for those considering entering the ring of digital book publishing.


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Book Publishing reaches back into history; and traditionally was an expensive venture to enter. The printing press was a pricey piece of equipment in the first place, as was the set-up involved in printing just one book. This required an up-front investment for printing at least 10,000 books to make one book affordable. See the video below which explains in more

detail the difference between digital publishing and traditional publishing.

Now that digital publishing allows any of us to print just one book affordably, that makes self-publishing doable for a one person enterprise.

Money Required for Publishing a Book

Before we can talk about making money in publishing a book, we need to talk about the costs involved to get started.  Since expensive printing equipment or set-ups are not required, that means anyone with a simple computer and an idea for a book can enter the playing field of book publishing. With no large investment required, the potential profit margin obviously skyrockets.

However, expect to put in a great deal of sweat equity, or pay for labor costs involved in preparing the digital file for publication. To find out more details about the exact costs involved in  publishing a book, here’s an article entitled Real Self-Publishing Costs to Publish a Book to get a detailed analysis of initial costs involved.

The Millions Made by Publishing a Book with Digital Publishing

Digital publishing equipment has made a new self publisher era possible. No longer considered ‘vanity publishing,” many successful traditionally published authors are getting excited about the size of their royalties made by publishing a book themselves. Take Barbara Freethy, for instances, Author of 34 novels including the Wish series and first author on Kindle and Nook to sell one million books. She has been writing for 20 years, and was published through four different publishing houses. Freethly is now self-publishing. “Once I saw how well my self-publishing books were doing and how much more attention and focus I could put on my own books, it was a pretty easy decision [to continue self-publishing] because those books have been doing so much better,” Freethy comments.

Amanda Hocking has made millions with her romance series with on e-book platforms as well. Considering now that the self-publishing industry is estimated as a 52 million dollar industry in 2012, there is certainly big money to be made in publishing a book. This is true now, more than ever, especially when self-publishing figures appear to be eclipsing traditional book publishing numbers many times over.

Amanda Hocking and Barbara Freethy are just two of the most well-known millionaire authors; and this article barely scratches the surface. Huffington Post Live has a comprehensive video interview which interviews the some of today’s most successful self-published authors. With the publishing playing field leveled they interview Hugh Howey, Darcy Chan, Bella Andre, Jasinda Wilder, all New York Times Best Selling authors, and all approaching 1 million or more in book sales. With royalties what they are in self-publishing, you can bet those sales numbers has brought each of these authors millionaire status.


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Self-Publishing Success–Is it About the Money?

Publishing SOLO Achieves Self-Publishing Success with Top Website Award

By Deborah S. Nelson

Publishing Solo Gets Award for top websites in Self Publishing and Achieves Self-publishing Success

Publishing Solo guides writers to self-publishing success with teaching articles, self-pubishing toolkit, books, courses, private coaching

Ah. Does self-publishing success equal money? Most of us think that success shows up in the form of money, and that is true to a certain extent. However, before the money flows, we must build momentum with committment, passion, and focus.

So putting the money issue aside for a minute, Consistent, Committed, Focused Passion towards a dream does pay off.  Just when you think no one is noticing your work…Bam! Someone notices.


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I joyfully announce that PublishingSOLO.com is selected for an award as a Top Self-Publishing Site for 2014~ Woo Hoo! My Thanks go out to all the authors who have published through Publishing SOLO, for without them there is no PublishingSOLO!

The short list is Emily Yurcheshen, Suzanne Landry, Julia Loggins, Cindy White, Maya Shaw Gale, Audrey Addison Williams Robert Munster, Karen Maryum Morse  Eve Morong-Briere, and dozens more. In fact, if you would like to see all the first time Publishing SOLO authors you can visit the Author Library page on our site.

Save Money by Learning Secrets of Self-Publishing Success

I cordially invite you to take a leisurely stroll around this now award-winning site to learn how you can also experience self-publishing success. Join Publishing SOLO and get a free self-publishing toolkit right off the bat. Read the comprehensive articles to get the real inside truth of what self-publishing really involves. Get informed before you jump into a project which could be more expensive than you anticipated with a higher learning curve that you expected. We offer enough free information on this site to save you hundreds of dollars in wrong turns, or in learning how to publish a book on your own. Additionally, if you want even more help, we offer DIY Books, Courses, and private coaching. Ms. Nelson even offers half hour free publishing consultations on Mondays with no obligation. She only wants writers to bring their passion to the world and to experience the self-publishing success that is so exhilarating.

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Millionaire Amanda Hocking Tells Her Story

Is it possible to make money in self-publishing? How much money can you make? In this YouTube video self-publishing success Amanda Hocking tells how she did it.

How to Publish a Book

Ever wanted to learn how to publish a children’s book, a novel,  or business book? Friends, family, and peers see you in a whole new light once you become a published author.

My Five Secrets for Writing a Quality Book Fast

Deborah S. Nelson, author/publisher of 14 books gives away the store on how to write a book. Just like eating an elephant one bite a time gets it done, Ms. Nelson teaches how to write a book one word at a time!

Five Benefits for Self-Publishing a Book

Is it digital publishing really worth it? The cost, the time,  the learning curve? Why should you self-publish a book? Are you ready to self-publish a book? Publishing SOLO tells all. 

The Real Costs of Self-Publishing a Book

Are Authorhouse, CreateSpace, LuLu, and the other print on demand companies really free? Yes, and No. Get the real scoop on the costs to self-publish a book, and what it takes to achieve self-publishing success.


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Self Publishing Success-Not Just Vanity Press!

Self Publishing Success Trumps Vanity Press

Self Publishing Success Replaces the Old Book Model

Self-Publishing Replaces Old Publishing Model

Recent reports of self publishing success ia proving the idea of vanity publishing to be a thing of the past. Remember the term vanity publishing? Vanity publishing has given self-publishing a bad reputation. Let’s face it. Vanity publishing says ego-publishing. Vanity publishing says you aren’t good enough for a real publishing company.  It says you are not a good enough writer. To use a vanity press company to print your book was borderline public embarrassment. This is no longer the case, if it ever really was.


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This image developed when traditional book publishing companies were married to academia. People with Ph.D’s or highly educated with a high measure of honor, knowledge, and reputation were published. In modern times, media personalities, celebrities, and politicians qualified for this set. Anyone who wasn’t scholarly, yet published anyway, was considered vain. After all, they did not earn the credentials to educate the masses with writing and publishing a book. This was an honor reserved for a privileged few. Certainly, the main publishing houses perpetuated this idea to counter their competition. With verified facts and reports of self publishing success that has all changed!

Enter Digital Publishing

Self Publishing Success Stories

The New Look of Book Publishing

With the invention of the digital printing press, a large investment to cover the expenses of inventory of books is no longer necessary. With digital publishing, the main thing required is to set up a digital file. Using print on demand, books are printed as ordered, as few as one at a time. Self publishing success is just a digital file away!

“Self-publishing is now supported by a sophisticated and highly accessible support structure,” said Beat Barblan, Director of Identifier Services for Bowker. Bowker Books is practically the Bible in the book publishing industry. They produce a yearly directory of books, entitled Books in Print which is a book catalogue with ISBN numbers, to help identify books for ordering. Creators of products and services that make books easier for people to discover, evaluate, order, and experience, Bowker also conducts research and resources for publishers.

Beat Barblan goes on to remark positively on today’s self publishing success: “It’s provided everyone who has a story to tell with a method for sharing it and leveled the playing field to an unprecedented degree. This is no longer just vanity presses at work – self-publishing is out of the dark corners and making its way into the mainstream. Notable success stories include a number of self-published authors landing their titles onto the prestigious New York Times bestseller list for e-book fiction.” Bowker has done extensive research on the state of self-publishing. To see the rest of their research, you may read their article entitled, Self-Publishing Sees Triple-Digit Growth in Just Five Years, Says Bowker.”


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Debate: Self Publishing vs Traditional Publishing

Self Publishing vs Traditional Publishing

Debate Over Self Publishing vs Traditional Publishing Goes On

Self Publishing vs Traditional Publishing-Who Will Win?

By Deborah S. Nelson

The debate rages on: Self Publishing vs Traditional Publishing? Who will win? Having worked in both sides of the industry, I can tell you without a doubt that self publishing is winning. What makes me say so? Do you remember in photography the debate between film and digital cameras? There was the idea that film was superior and was the proven standard. And also the idea that digital cameras were cheap and not up to par, and the photos could never be as good. However that debate has gone by the wayside. As a case in point, have you shopped for a roll of film lately? Have you tried to develop a roll of film lately? Good luck on that! The same will soon be true of the self publishing vs traditional publishing. The debate may go on and on, but one day we’ll look up and offset presses will be sitting in antique shops! That day is coming closer than we may realize.


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Traditional publishing companies are going out of business and side-by-side with their sales arm, the bookstore. In 2011, Borders, one the largest bookstore chains in history, closed its doors to bankruptcy. What people may not realize is that online book purchases are surpassing brick and mortar book sales. This, in turn, creates a bigger problem for traditional publishers who market their books through the bookstore venue. They can sell books online as well, but there’s only one problem–Amazon Books, a behemoth larger than all the bookstores put together, and online books sales mostly go through Amazon, which Barnes and Nobles (the remaining large traditional book store chain) considers as its largest competition. In fact, many traditional bookstores refuse to carry any “self-published” books printed by Amazon’s print on demand arm, CreateSpace. That’s how fierce this debate can get. While the self publishing vs traditional publishing debate rages on, some traditional publishing companies are buying print on demand equipment and offering print on demand services to authors, now blurring the lines between the self publishing and traditional publishing. Basically self publishing involves the writer making and financing the publishing decisions all along the way. These decisions are many, such as book cover, interior book layout, editing, marketing and distribution. However, what allows this to be more possible than ever, is print on demand, digital printing, which makes publishing just one book affordable. A writer can now publish without the financial backing of a large publishing corporation. With the offset press of traditional publishing, the set-up costs to print that first book are beyond the means of most writers. Thus the partnership with writers and traditional publishers began.

How to Self Publish a Book Yourself

I have written many specific articles on this site on how to self publish a book yourself. Before you make a decision to do that, I suggest you get a clear idea of the landscape of self publishing vs traditional publishing.  The video above is simple and a great explanation of digital publishing, print on demand, and traditional publishing. If you want to learn how to publish a book, or have started publishing a book, study this site before you leap. It isn’t easy, but it is not that hard either. Do your homework before you get involved because once you get started, it is difficult to stop in the middle. You may even want to be the publisher of your own books. See my article about Becoming a Publisher in Seven Strategic Steps if you want to write and publish a multitude of books. Just keep in mind, if you do not know what you are doing, you could spend a small fortune trying to finish a frustrating and difficult project. I am passionate about self-publishing and if you would like a half hour consultation, let me know, I would like to help.


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Learn How to Self-Publish a Book

Introduction to How to Self-Publish a Book

By Deborah S. Nelson

Learning How to Self-Publish a Book Step by Step

How to Self-Publish a Book, Step by Step

In this article I will give a short overview of how to self-publish a book. Today, many options are available for self-publishing, but the one we are addressing here is the printed book. The printed book is still alive and well! Publishing a printed book to sell on Amazon through other online booksellers or even in bookstores or in person is a key step to becoming a self-published author. Once you organize the concept, content and flow of your book, and set up the basic file for printing, you will easily be able to created the other digital versions from that foundation.


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Digital Publishing Options

Once you create the digital file for printing a physical book, the options are almost endless. From here, you may create an audio book (either downloadable or on a DVD), an e-book, Kindle or Nook, and many other options which can be distributed from various book publishing online networks. You can also create a digital flip book version and make it downloadable from your website. Consider the many top book publishing platforms which include Kobo, Kindle, Smashwords, and CreateSpace. Do your research to find which options are best for your book. Books which are graphic intensive, four-color, or with photos are not suitable for Kindle. However, you can create a four-color digital version of these types of books to be read from a computer screen with animated pages that flip and turn. Some of the digital publishing platforms are helpful to bring your book to market, but with self-publishing you will need to be involved in marketing and sales of your books.

Basic Phases of How to Self-Publish a Book

Through my curriculum, courses, and private coaching I have taught many writers how to self-publish a book. As a publishing coach, I first explain to clients and students the three phases of bringing a book into the world:

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1.WRITE THE BOOK

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2.PUBLISH THE BOOK

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3. MARKET THE BOOK

After self-publishing and assisting many self-published authors to self-publish some 100 plus books, I strongly suggest any self-publisher to focus on each stage separately. You may experience overlap between the phases, but these are best limited to transitional only. Similar to building a custom home as your own general contractor, you can unknowingly and quickly create a nightmare situation if you are not clearly focused on each phase of the process. Each one depends on and is defined by the earlier phase. Finish one phase completely before moving onto the next. When building a home, you pour the foundation first and then let it cure before proceeding. When writing a book, write the book first. To go back and change the foundation once the framing is finished is not a good idea. Likewise, to go back and rewrite your book once you are in the publishing stage is an invitation for disaster. Write your book. Pause. Publish Your Book. Pause. Market Your Book. Pause. Carefully learn the steps of how to self-publish a book before embarking on this compelling mission.

Editioral, Copy-Editing and Proofreading Services

Learning how to self-publish a book is easiest if you start with a small project first. Digital publishing is not a simple matter if you have never done it before. Many steps are involved which need to be taken in chronological order. For example, many people confuse editing with proofreading and copy editing. These are three distinct and separate skilled tasks. Learning how to self-publish a book and therefore becoming an independent publisher is no less complex than becoming a general contractor to build your own home. To proofread a manuscript before your content edit would be like painting walls before you put the wall plastic on top of the sheet rock. The beautiful paint would get covered up by the plaster finish. The same is true if you proofread before the content edit is completed. First hire the content edit, next the copy-edit, and lastly, at the very end, you may have the proofreading done (i.e., painting). Of course, you are absolutely encouraged to run spell check after you have completed the writing of your manuscript, but after that, forget about proofreading until the very end. Concentrate on organization, content, and flow. The Once Upon a Book Video Series outlines the ten basic steps of how to self-publish a book. Authors, Share Your Book with Millions of Readers

How to Publish a Children’s Book or Other Four-Color Book

Starting with a four-color book is more complicated and difficult to carry out for a first self-publishing book project. If working on a children’s book which requires color illustrations, to increase your chance of success I suggest first you start with a creating a book blueprint in black and white. The reason four-color is complex is because instead of printing one color (black on white paper) we have introduced the spectrum on colors, and this requires a more time-consuming and expensive process. The books are from three to five times as expensive as the black and white counterpart. The set up and printing job is more challenging. To get this right, I suggest that you first create a book blueprint. Be your own architect and get this part right before you print in expensive four-color book run. First create the book in black and white and use one of the print on demand companies such as CreateSpace of LuLu. Then simply print a black and white proof for about $10 on CreateSpace (sign up here for a free CreateSpace Account); and work out all the bugs on this black and white blue print. Next you can enter into the four-color phase of printing your children’s book or other four-color book. First learn the steps of how to self-publish a book before you publish a complex book. Another way create a full-color book blueprint sample is join www.blurb.com. They do four-color books one a time. However, Blurb is not a good option for a final print run if you plan to sell and market your book.  Although reasonable for producing one four-color book, the price per book is quite high, but well-worth doing as a book blueprint, to get the bugs worked out before moving forward in your book project.

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Hiring Book Publishing Specialists

Selecting and hiring book publishing services is a key part of learning how to self-publish a book of professional quality. Do your research and your homework. The level to which your sub-contractors do will define the end quality of your self-published book. First you will need to decide which areas to hire done, and which you will do by yourself. You may possess skills that make you qualified to take on a certain part of the work, which may save you money or time. The only process that I would recommend that you absolutely hire, is the proofreading process. A phenomenon occurs when writing a book. As writers we become immune to our own errors because we are focused on the content and the concept. After reading and writing, rewriting, and self-editing we can no longer see the missing words, the duplicate words, misspellings, or formatting issues. I recommend  you hire a proofreader, even if you are a professional proofreader! The following is a list of the areas you may need to hire an outside contractor:

1. Content Editor

2. Copy Editor

3. Proofreader ([email protected])

4. Book interior layout artist (highly recommended hiring a specialist)

5. Book cover designer specialist (highly recommended you not do this yourself)

6. Illustrator

7.  Headshot photographer (for author bio photo)

8. Promotional writer (synopsis of book and author bio)

9. Indexer

10. Printing Company

Trials and Joys of Learning How to Self-Publish a Book

Learning how to do anything has its risks and rewards. Learning how to self-publish a book is a phenomenal economic skill to develop. By becoming a published author once, it is easy to repeat time and time again. entrepreneurs, home makers, artists, and grandparents are discovering the joys of publishing their own books. Take the steps and you, too, can feel the exhilaration of becoming a published author, and share your inspiration with your circle of influence.
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Look no further. This potent learn-by-doing guide grants you the time and know-how. Learn to how to self-publish a book by doing it! Once you become a published author friends, family, and peers will see you in a whole new light! This unique new system guides and propels both aspiring and seasoned authors step-by-step through the digital publishing process. You won’t even need your completed manuscript to get started!
Includes a downloadable interior template
Displays parts of a book in chronological order
Gives 10 easy steps to print on demand publishing
Sets up free ISBN number & self-publishing account
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Understanding Self-Publishing Services

Self-Publishing Services up Close

By Deborah S. Nelson

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Examining, Selecting, and Managing Self-Publishing Services

If you are considering (or have decided) to self-publish your own book, a key issue is the self-publishing services you select. Not only is it important how you select self-publishing services but how you manage them. In this article, I give a general outline of the basic self-publishing services you will need to publish your own book. Becoming your own book publisher is similar to building your own home. It is a large time-consuming project with many pieces that need to be coordinated in chronological order.

What Self-Publishing Services Will You Need?


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First of all, be clear which services you will use to publish your book. Just like being your own general contractor to build your own home, some things you may chose to do yourself. Make a decision before you start which services you will hire and which you will do yourself. I have outlined three basic areas of self-published services you will need to create a professional self-published book.

DESIGN SELF-PUBLISHING SERVICES

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Preparing your Self-Published Book for Printing

1. Book Cover: Do you judge a book by its cover? I certainly do. If there were one service I would hire above all, it would be the book cover design. You will want your cover very graphic and simple as possible, to include a compelling graphic, title, subtitle, and author name on the front cover. On the back cover include an author biography, and a sales pitch synopsis of the book. An ordinary graphic artist will not necessarily know how to create a great book cover. Look for someone who specializes in book covers or who designs solely book covers for their career.

2. Interior Images: If you are publishing a children’s book, or a photography book, or simply want images, illustrations or drawings, you’ll most likely want to hire an artist to create these. Be sure, most of all they create them in a 300 dpi resolution and deliver them in a digital file compatible with the interior design software. Mostly likely if they deliver these images in a jpg file, that will suffice for the interior designer to place the images into your book document. You will need to specify exactly to your interior designer where to place any images, illustrations or photos.

3. Interior Design: Unless you are ready to learn book interior layout and purchase an expensive art software program, hire a specialist to create your interior design. Laying out a book interior is highly detailed and complex. Header design, front matter, back matter, page numbers, table of contents–these are all very complex. If they have never designed a book cover, this is very time-consuming for them to learn. Not only are there many components involved, but the other issue is that the digital file will need to be made to exact printer specifications. This is very tricky with someone who is not familiar with these issues.

 

EDITORIAL SELF-PUBLISHING SERVICES

 1. Content Editing: Please understand there is a difference between editing, copy-editing, and proofreading. Lots of new writers get this all mixed up. These are orchestrated in chronological order. Copy-editing and proofreading follows content editing. A lot will change by the time you are ready for proofreading, and why proofreading something that is no longer there? Basic editing concentrates on content, flow, consistency, and chronology. If you write about something in the first chapter and bring it up later, is it clear? Does it require redefinition? Are the chapters really in the proper sequence? Editors work with content, organization, and communicating meaning.  Who are you writing to?  What is the age and educational level? The content editor makes sure the basic content is in order and understandable. They remove superfluous words, order sentences properly, correct grammar, and reorder paragraphs, pages, or chapters. They also clear up confusing areas.  A good content editor will catch error such as asking if the name of the city is Greenwich, New York, or Greenwich Connecticut.

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2. Copy-Editing: This is a more detailed process and  focused on  punctuation, headings, and formatting. What a lot of novices do not understand is that there is no “right” answer per se on many punctuation issues. Most editors, copy-editors and proofreaders use a style guide to solve this problem. That English teacher who corrected your papers with red ink…what style guide was she using? These punctuation rules are not as “black and white,” or “right” and “wrong” as we were educated. There are many judgement calls, the most importance is usually consistency. Check your style guide choices and ask your help to use the same style guide when they are editing, copy-editing and proofreading. The most popular and long-standing style guide is the Chicago Manual of Style.

3. Proofreading: This is the last step in the “editorial process.” Proofreading is mostly concerned with spelling. If you run spell check throughout the process of writing your manuscript, this will be easy to do. Proofreading also catches instances where there are two words in a row, when “you” is meant to be “your,” words being left out, and other such strange occurrences with wording. Sometimes a good proofreader is also a copy-editor and you can ask them to do both. However you must pay for both services, as these are two distinct processes. To get the best results, I suggest a specialist in each of these areas, and also everyone to instruct everyone to use the same style guide, or you’ll find your book a bit of an inconsistent mess.

BASIC PROMOTIONAL SELF-PUBLISHING SERVICES

1. Headshot: You will need a photo for the back of your book cover, and honestly, a normal snapshot is not professional. Look for a portrait photographer who knows how to take headshots, with good lighting.  A full length photo is too small and includes too much distracting background to use for the back of the book cover. You will also need another shot for the interior of the book for the page entitled “About the Author.”

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Marketing Your Self-Published Books

2. Basic Branding: Develop a basic branding image or icon for your author name. This image will go on your FACEBOOK, TWITTER, GOOGLE PLUS, and I recommend starting a Goodreads.com account as well.  Create a tagline and be sure to create a consistent look and feel throughout all the social media platforms when you begin to announce the availability of your book.

 3.Your Book as a Marketing Tool: You may or may not become a best-selling author, and this depends on many variables. However, in any event, take advantage of your book as a marketing tool by creating a full-page ad at the end of your book. This promotion could be for your other books published and your other services available. Your book is an excellent marketing tool to launch workshops, seminars, or consulting. You’ll need a graphic artist to help you design this ad.

Hiring self-publishing services can make the difference in how professional and attractive your published book is. In our next post we will talk about the different ways to find self-publishing services for hire; and how to manage those people. If you prepare and manage them correctly you can cut your costs for these services by at least 50%.

Here are a few names that may be integral for editing, copy-editing, indexing and proofreading services for books & articles:

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Have a Dream to Publish a Book—

But Lack the Time or Know-How?

Look no further. This potent learn-by-doing guide grants you the time and know-how. Learn to how to self-publish a book by doing it! Once you become a published author friends, family, and peers see you in a whole new light! This unique new system guides and propels both aspiring and seasoned authors step-by-step through the digital publishing process. You won’t even need your completed manuscript to get started!
Includes a downloadable interior template
Displays parts of a book in chronological order
Gives 10 easy steps to print on demand publishing
Sets up free ISBN number & self-publishing account
Gets a blueprint published in 3 days! (shipping extra)

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Five Shining Benefits of Self-Publishing a Book

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The Self-Publishing a Book Debate Ends Here!

By Deborah S. Nelson

Are You Ready to be the Star of Your Own Show?

What are the benefits of self-publishing a book? As a publishing and writing coach I am often queried about the idea of self-publishing a book or e-book. Many writers hold that traditional publishing is the way to go. However, the evolution of digital publishing has begun to see the diminishing of traditional publishing more each day. With electronic book readers, the success of online booksellers; millionaire self-published authors surfacing–the tradition model of bookstores, book signings, and agents are quickly fading. This system relies on bookstores to make books sales, and to work as the marketing arm. Now that the majority of books are purchased online, this model is flailing. With first-time authors practically begging to be published agents filled the role of screening and bringing talent to publishers. With the cost of publishing exponentially cheaper with print on demand, writers no longer need an agent to connect with the mostly unavailable traditional publishing companies. Yet  many writers are still attracted by the allure of becoming a best-selling author, making the TV and radio circuit, followed by book signings while backed by a large publishing house.


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As self-publishing millionaires surface, and online booksellers outpace their retail counterparts, traditional publishing houses who rely on bookstores to sell books are experiencing difficulty. Many have gone out of business or bought out by larger publishing houses. Borders completely shut its doors in 2011, nearly 400 stores, leaving only Barnes & Nobles almost the only outlet for marketing traditionally published books. Left only were about 1500 independent local book stores. Many traditional publishers are more conservative than ever, when selecting works to publish. With competition stiff against Amazon, and other online booksellers, along with many people flocking to self-publishing the traditional publisher must take on book projects that are “sure things,” such as a book written by an already well-known public figure. This leaves even less opportunity for a first time writer to be published by a traditional publishing company. Even if a first-time author were to land a contract with a publishing house, the advances have dwindled to tiny amounts. Self-publishing a book becomes more attractive as time goes on. Follows is my list of the benefits of Self-Publishing a book:

Fifth Benefit of Self Publishing a Book  SAVE TIME: Avoid the lengthy time involved in finding an agent to represent you to publishing companies. Many agents will expect you to have been previously published, so this is a tricky situation and a bit of a “Catch 22.” New writers may fine that self-publishing a book will save them a lot of precious time.

Fourth Benefit of Self Publishing a Book SAVE REJECTION: One of the top benefits of self-publishing a book is skipping the rejection phase. Become your own self-publisher to avoid the lengthy rejection process and emotional turmoil involved before you may or may not find a publisher committed to publishing your book. Most often, their rejection has more to do with their assessment of their ability to make a profit on the book, than it has to do with the quality of your writing.

First benefit of self publishing a bookCOPYRIGHTS: Keep your copyrights. When you sign with a traditional publisher, they own most of your copyrights most of the time. One of the most important benefits of self-publishing a book is that you own all your copyrights, forever!

 second benefit of self publishing a book CREATIVITY: As the author of a self-published book, you will enjoy complete creativity and the ability to harmonize the book cover, interior design elements and images to your satisfaction. Your creative control is maximized and is a key benefit when self-publishing a book.

Third Benefit of Self Publishing a BookROYALTIES: 100% of royalties go to you. You do not split them with the publisher at all. Since you are the publisher, the self-publisher, you will receive all the royalties, and they will be much more than .25 per book. ________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Making CreateSpace Cover Template Easy

Using CreateSpace Cover Template Calculator Tool

By Deborah S. Nelson

One of the first things I do, and one of the first things I recommend all my writer-clients do, is to create a book cover as soon as possible. In cases of ongoing publishing clients, I recommend them to create to the book cover before they finish writing the book. And that’s where CreateSpace Cover Template comes in. We always seem to need it and never can find it easily on the CreateSpace website. I am including the link below for easy access.

It is OK to Judge a Book by its Cover!

The book cover is the most single important aspects of book publishing. If you are creating a book cover you’ll want it exciting! If you will make your book available for sale online, you’ll most likely want to create a custom book cover design.. If you are self-publishing a book and using print on demand, the first step will be to use the CreateSpace Cover Template tool. If you haven’t done so already, you will need to sign up for a free account. (Sign up here, right now). Next, you’ll need to download the correct CreateSpace Cover Template to send to your graphic designer. If your graphic designer does not have or follow the correct template, Createspace will not accept the book cover file for publications. The easiest way to get this right is by using the CreateSpace Cover Template Calculator.

Using the Createspace Cover Template to get your book cover self published

Where is the CreateSpace Cover Template?

Book Cover–Gathering Your Info

But wait…the nice thing about CreateSpace Cover Template is the calculator.  Not everyone knows about this calculator. With the CreateSpace Cover Template Calculator, you fill in the number of pages your of your book, the size of the book, click on a button, and your custom cover template is ready to download! Next, simply download in a zip file, your choice of PDF or Word doc.  and send over  this template over to your book designer. You will need the following:

      1. CreateSpace login information–your email and password. If you do not already have CreateSpace Account go to CreateSpace.com and sign up for a free print on demand account.
      2. Your book size, called “trim size,” in book publishing. (See CreateSpace book sizes below)
      3. Number of pages of your book. (We’ll tell you how to estimate number of pages)

CreateSpace Book Sizes

Before using the CreateSpace Cover Template Calculator, you’ll need to decide on your book size. Here is a list of the standard CreateSpace book sizes:

Black and White Book Interiors

Trim Size

White Page Count

Cream Page Count

5 x 8 inches 12.7 x 20.32 centimeters
24 – 828
24 – 740
5.06 x 7.81 inches 12.9 x 19.8 centimeters
24 – 828
24 – 740
5.25 x 8 inches 13.335 x 20.32 centimeters
24 – 828
24 – 740
5.5 x 8.5 inches 13.97 x 21.59 centimeters
24 – 828
24 – 740
6 x 9 inches 15.24 x 22.86 centimeters
24 – 828
24 – 740
6.14 x 9.21 inches 15.6 x 23.4 centimeters
24 – 828
24 – 740
6.69 x 9.61 inches 17 x 24.4 centimeters
24 – 828
24 – 740
7 x 10 inches 17.78 x 25.4 centimeters
24 – 828
24 – 740
7.44 x 9.69 inches 18.9 x 24.6 centimeters
24 – 828
24 – 740
7.5 x 9.25 inches 19.1 x 23.5 centimeters
24 – 828
24 – 740
8 x 10 inches 20.32 x 25.4 centimeters
24 – 440
24 – 400

.Full-Color Book Interiors

Trim Size

White Paper Page Count

5.5 x 8.5 inches 13.97 x 21.59 centimeters
24 – 480
6 x 9 inches 15.24 x 22.86 centimeters
24 – 480
6.14 x 9.21 inches 15.6 x 23.4 centimeters
24 – 480
 7 x 10 inches 17.78 x 25.4 centimeters
24 – 480
8 x 10 inches 20.32 x 25.4 centimeters
24 – 480
 8.5 x 8.5 inches 21.59 x 21.59 centimeters
24 – 480
8.5 x 11 inches 21.59 x 27.94 centimeters
24 – 480

Figuring Number of Pages

The reason we calculate number of pages is to figure the thickness measurement for the spine of the book. If you book is less than about 100 pages, CreateSpace will not print anything on the spine, and your book cover layout will include that smallish blank spine. Based on letter size 8.5″ x 11″ manuscript, single-spaced using 12 point type and Times New Roman font,  if your book is 6 x 9 or less, you can about double the number for your published book. For 100 pages of typed material in letter size at 12 points you can estimate your book will be 200 pages when published. For an 8 1/2 x 11″ book, add about half of the pages to your total pages to be printed. You will need front matter, back matter, headers, page numbers, margins, illustrations, dividers, end notes, About the Author, Resource Sections, and more. See my Book Blueprint book to for more details about the parts of a book. Once the interior design of your book is completed to the specifications required for printing, you will have an exact count of pages. At that time you may use the CreateSpace Cover Template Calculator again, and then ask the book cover designer to make an adjustment in the size of the spine on the book cover layout, if necessary.

 CreateSpace Cover Template Tool

CreateSpace Book Cover

CreateSpace Cover Template Calculator

This is what the CreateSpace Cover Template Calculator looks like. Once you  know your trim size, number of pages and interior type (black and white or color), you can use the calculator to create your cover template. Next send it in an email to your book cover designer, and keep in mind the file must be in a print ready high-resolution PDF. Let your cover designer know these specifications, so you will not have any trouble when it comes time to upload your book cover file to the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. If you are a graphic artist and can thoroughly understand the steps below, then I would urge you to design your own book cover just how you would like it. If not, I suggest hiring an expert in book cover design. We offer book cover design services at a very reasonable cost to our students and clients should you need someone, just contact us and we’ll make our best recommendations. CreateSpace Cover Template Instructions

Now that you know how to wield the CreateSpace Cover Template, you may want to see  the other articles Below for more detailed self-publishing information: Learn How To Use The CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Self Publishing Your Book Self Publishing Coaching | PublishingSOLO

 

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Self-Publishing Basics-“Must-Know” These Five

Self-Publishing Basics–What it Really Takes

By Deborah S. Nelson

Self-Publishing in the digital publishing age is an amazing option for those who have always dreamed to publish a book. But what are the real self-publishing basics you need to know to get started? Using print on demand is almost a miracle when compared to the traditional way of publishing a book. Since I have self-published (or helped writers) with nearly 100 books, I am extremely familiar with the process. As a publishing coach, I find a lot of confusion surrounding the use of the term “self-publishing.” So before I go any further in this article, let’s define the term “self-publishing.” Self-publishing is the process of bringing a work to market by its author. There are many so-called “self-publishing” companies online purported to be self-publishers, when in reality this is not possible. The true definition is that the creator/author is the person who brings his or her works to final printed form. This means that you as an author, take on the role as publisher.


Self-Publishing

How to Publish Your Own Book

Self-publishing Basics

Self-Publishing a Physical Book

We all have our niches.  I specialize in guiding people through the self-publishing process for a physical book. The e-book trend is starting to subside, and the good old-fashioned printed physical book remains a standard. New reports are show that the growth of e-books is slowing, and the printed book is showing a stronger trend. This article and site provides tools and resources for those publishing a book, a physical book.

Print on Demand

Print on demand is the most recent development in digital technology that has made self-publishing possible and affordable to the masses. Basically print on demand is a digital method of being able to print one book at a time without costly setup charges. Digital art and digital printed presses make it possible for the print on demand company to print books as they are purchased, thus avoiding a large investment in inventory, and expensive set up costs.

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What Self-Publishing Really Takes

The biggest problem in the self-publishing arena right now, besides the fact that the terminology is misunderstood, is the fact that many of the print on demand printers are representing themselves a “self-publishers.” This is quite misleading, and for those “who don’t know what they don’t know,” which is most of us; they easily go down a path fraught with unexpected technical frustration and over-spending in order to finish their book. It becomes like a remodeling project gone bad. Is is better to know what it requires to be your own publisher. Below is a list.

1.Project Management: As your own publisher, you become the “general contractor,” the project manager. You make the decisions, oversee the different aspects, pay the subcontractors, and guide the quality of each separate piece.

2. Comittment to Complete: You will need a very strong comittment to complete the book publishing project.  It could take up to a year, depending on the size of the project and how much time each week you have to devote. Traditional publishing companies require that authors sign an agreement before they begin the publish. You may do the same. See or Intent to Publish Agreement.

3. Timeline Finesse: You will juggle the interior editing, copy editing, proofreading, design, layout and preparation of the digital art file to submit to the printer, on a timeline, with the book cover design, and the  author website needed to market the book. Timing is essential is getting the book published in a reasonable period. Refer to our Self-Publishing Checklist. It could take from three months (if experienced and super organized) to publish your books up to a year or longer, depending on the size of the project.

4. Digital Expertise: You will need to understand basic digital terminology related to digital printing. You may refer to our Dictionary of Publishing Terms, which defines a few basic terms. You’ll need to understand art software, specifications, and basic print on demand terminology.

5. Marketing and PR Ability: These days over 73% of books are sold online, which means you’ll need to market your book online. Having book signings in stores and promoting book sales in that way is quickly fading out, as such  small percentage of books are being sold through book stores, so you will need a website. You will also need to learn how to market yourself and your books online. This would be if selling books is important to you. Some people increase their fees to do consulting, workshops, and seminars, and do not have a need to sell a lot of books. Certainly, if selling books is part of your goal, you will need to learn some online marketing skills in order to promote yourself as an author, and to sell books.
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Have a Dream to Publish a Book—

But Lack the Time or Know-How?

Look no further. This potent learn-by-doing guide grants you the time and know-how. Learn to how to self-publish a book by doing it! Once you become a published author friends, family, and peers see you in a whole new light! This unique new system guides and propels both aspiring and seasoned authors step-by-step through the digital publishing process. You won’t even need your completed manuscript to get started!
Includes a downloadable interior template
Displays parts of a book in chronological order
Gives 10 easy steps to print on demand publishing
Sets up free ISBN number & self-publishing account
Gets a blueprint published in 3 days! (shipping extra)

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Alert: Avoid Wrong Turns in Self-Publishing

Self-Publishing Companies to Avoid

Self-Publishing Companies to Avoid

As a self-publishing coach, I am often asked what are the self-publishing companies to avoid. What are the worst “self-publishing” companies? How can I make money in self-publishing without overspending or getting caught up with scam self-publishing companies?

If you have landed here, you are probably asking the same question. A quick easy answer is to say that self-publishing companies to avoid are ones which will not fit the needs of your self-publishing project. This article will help you select the best self-publishing companies for your book publishing projects and how to be aware of particular self-publishing companies to avoid.


Self-Publishing

If you are preparing to self-publish a book, this article we will help you to properly prepare for success in self-publishing. I have worked on the inside of traditional publishing and offset printing for decades. For the past five years,  I have worked extensively in the self-publishing industry and have a good grasp on the landscape of services available in the book publishing industry. In this article we will tackle the questions of which self publishing companies to avoid. But first, let’s consider the following:

  • So-called “self-publishing” companies are really just print on demand companies. Many offer extra services, but they are secondary. To get a more clear understanding of what self-publishing or print on demand really is and what other publishing terms mean, see the Dictionary of Publishing Terms.
  • Selecting a print on demand company or printer is only one step in the self-publishing process. If you have decided to publish a book yourself, understand that it is the equivalent of being your own general contractor for building your home. Selecting a printer to publish your book would be like selecting someone to pour the foundation, put on a roof, or frame up the house. It is but one piece of the entire picture.
  • Selecting the best printing company to print your book depends entirely on the type of book you are going to publish. So the “worst self publishing company” will be one who least likely matches the requirements of your book project. If publishing a four-color hardback illustrated children’s book, you will want to select a different printing company (“self-publishing company”) than if you are printing a black and white paperback. To learn more about the basic steps of how to publish a book, read the other articles on this site.

The Best Way to Avoid the Worst Self-Publishing Companies

To avoid the worst self-publishing companies, the best approach is to do an analysis of the requirements of your book publishing project. Ask yourself the following questions:

What is the purpose of my book project? Is it to sell lots of books, sell books online, sell books in person, enter the speaking circuit, give workshops using the books, or to leave a legacy for your family?

 Will you need a small, or large inventory of books?

 Is your budget tiny to small? If so, you will want to consider a print on demand method; books are printed as sold, with no inventory needed.

 How important is quality of printing and paper? If your book includes high quality four-color illustrations or photos you will need a different kind of printer, than if you are publishing a normal paperback book.

    • Make an Informed Decision

      The trick to finding the best printer for your book publishing project is research. Define the specifications of your printing job first. To put together the specifications of your printing project answer the following questions:

    • Will my book be paperback or hardback? (hardback is more expensive and complicated to do)
    • How many printed pages will my book be? (about double number of pages of a 12 point Word document manuscript)
    • Will I have illustrations inside the book?Will I need four-color inside the book?
    • What level of printing quality will my book project need?
    • What size will my book be? Will it be a custom-size or a standard book size?

Some of the Best Self-Publishing Companies

For paperbacks, I recommend starting your research with CreateSpace, LuLu, and Outskirts Press. These “players” have been around since the beginning of print on demand technology and they have their game down. Still, I get many comments about these self-publishing companies who sometimes are being seen as scam self-publishing companies. Keep in mind that although it is free to sign up for a print on demand account in most cases, extra services are often quite overpriced, and this is where the “scamming” comes in. People feel mislead when they discover the “extra costs” involved in self-publishing a book. I suggest reading my article on self-publishing services to learn more about this area. For small quantities (or even just one published book) of four-color books (lower quality),  I recommend starting your research with Blurb, and for larger quantities I recommend starting your research with Lightening Source. These are just some suggestions as there are many thousands of self-publishing companies available for printing your book. But the very first step is to clearly define the goals and needs of your book publishing project.  As for which self-publishing companies to avoid, I urge you to first do your research on your book project. Then you’ll understand which companies will be a better fit for your project. To learn more about the process of defining your book project, see the following articles:

  • How to Self-Publish a Book
  • Self-publishing Checklist: Publishing a book Yourself
  • Print on Demand- 12 Money Motives

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    Look no further. This potent DIY learn-by-doing publishing guide grants you the time and know-how. Learn to how to self publish a book by actually doing it! Once you become a published author friends, family, and peers see you in a whole new light! This unique system propels both aspiring and seasoned authors step-by-step through the digital publishing process. You won’t even need your completed manuscript to start!

    Includes a downloadable interior template
    Displays parts of a book in chronological order
    Gives 10 easy steps to print on demand publishing
    Sets up free ISBN number & self-publishing account
    Gets your blueprint published in 3 days! (shipping extra)