Self-publishing Trivia that is Anything but Trivial

Self-publishing Trivia that is Anything but Trivial

Around the web are a number of great resources, but there are some awesome nuggets of information that can assist you as a self-published author.

From Forbes.com

Self-publishing will continue to grow even as ebook sales at publishers stagnate: In 2013,growth in ebook sales stagnated — if you’re only looking at sales by traditional publishers. It’s impossible to know if self-published ebook sales grew and by how much. The way self-publishing has taken off in the U.S., it’s easy to imagine that sales grew in 2013 and that they’ll continue to grow in 2014. Self-publishing will continue to grow even as ebook sales at publishers stagnate: In 2013,growth in ebook sales stagnated — if you’re only looking at sales by traditional publishers. It’s impossible to know if self-published ebook sales grew and by how much. The way self-publishing has taken off in the U.S., it’s easy to imagine that sales grew in 2013 and that they’ll continue to grow in 2014.

From Inc.com

Though the linked article is about self-publishing a business book, it clearly gives an idea of what it potentially costs to self-publish any type of book. Here is an excerpt:

Just keep in mind it’s not hard to manage the process of having books designed and printed on your own. You can do anything a “personal publishing consultant” can do for you. And while some of the details below might seem too granular, in my experience being conversant in the language is the only way to make sure things don’t go awry.

From Forbes.com (advice on self-publishing from Guy Kawasaki)

Guy explained that when readers contemplate buying your book today, they often don’t even notice the publisher.  They look instead at the ratings and reviews received by the audience. What’s key in artisanal publishing is that you start with a good book, and then market the book with everything you’ve got.   Marketing a book for many would-be authors is a daunting task, and thousands of self-published authors are ignorant of what’s required to get the word out (or they detest the marketing process altogether).  In the end, if you want to be a successful artisanal publisher, you have to be willing to market.

Self-publishing automatically puts you on the business side of publishing. If you’re a writer that just wants the satisfaction of being published, then the above advice will mean little to you. However, if you’re in it to win it with dreams of one day using your books as an extra income, study the business of self-publishing stat.

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