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Is self-publishing books through Amazon a good idea?




Amazon and Apple Have Changed the Publishing Industry

Amazon.com and Apple have changed the publishing industry forever – and that’s good news for authors, consultants, professional service firms, speakers, trainers and any other thought leaders. Here’s how it used to work…

Why Not Support Emerging Authors?

Emerging authors hoping to realize their dream of getting published soon realize that very few, if any traditional publishers are willing to give them a chance. This lack of interest in emerging writers is informed by several factors, chief among them is profits.

10 DIY Book Cover Design Mistakes That May Stamp Unprofessional On Your Book

Unprofessional book cover design can hinder book sales, true or false? True, experts agree ugly or unprofessional book cover design can make or break book sales from the start. Seventy-five percent of 300 booksellers surveyed, half from independent bookstores and half from chains, agreed that the book cover is prime real estate for promoting a book.

Should You Sign That Book Contract? Part Two

In Part One of this short series, I touched on points that an author needs to examine before signing a book contract: rights and distribution. It is important to know for how long the publisher will hold hardcover, paperback, and digital rights to your work, and you should know how the publisher plans to sell your book. Not all houses utilize the resources that get books into chain stores or places like Walmart, so it’s crucial to pay attention to how the publisher works. In this part of the series, I will look at other points in a contract that you – especially as a debut author – should know.

Easy Way To Publish For Emerging Authors

In the recent past, the only viable option available to emerging authors seeking to publish their books was to use the services of a traditional publisher. Emerging authors often lamented about the difficulty of getting their books approved by the traditional publishers. On the other hand traditional publishers are still apprehensive about the selling potential of new writers’ books and are reluctant to take the risk. However! A new trend in self-publishing has opened for budding authors to bring their literary work into the public arena in a more professional way that ever before.

Choosing Your Book Format: Hardcover or Paperback

Whenever a book is published, the author has to decide whether to print a hard cover, a paperback, or both, and in recent years, a hybrid version-the French flaps cover-has appeared. Deciding which cover to use depends on an author’s budget, the type of book, and the book’s audience.

My Completely Unscientific, Un-Researched, Totally Bias Opinion on How to Price Your EBook

Lately, I’ve been reading about the pros and cons of eBooks, specifically pricing. As entertaining as it’s been to read the thinly veiled panic in some bloggers tone, I have to say this is a topic that many authors worry about. Since I’m an avid reader and author I always weighed the pros and cons of different pricing from both points-of-view (I’m a Libra- that’s how we roll) As an avid reader, I buy eBooks on a whim.

How to Improve a Newspaper Design in Four Easy Steps

Do you ever wonder why there are some newspapers that are really popular and have a wide readership? Then, try to take a look at their design. Remember, the first thing that people get to see in a newspaper is its layout.

Self-Publishing Lets Everyone Be a Journalist or Author

The Web has made it much easier for average people like you and me to self-publish whatever we wish to. There is a place for anything and everything that we wish to share with others. Today, anyone can be a journalist, writer and subject matter expert.

Tried Everything But Getting Nowhere? Try My Tips on Self-Publishing

Have you trod the mainstream publishing route and got nowhere? If so, I empathise with you because I’ve been down that road myself. Luckily I have found alternative ways to traditional publishing that really do work. Read this article for inspiration and don’t give up!

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