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Self-Publishing - Publishing Your Own Book

Traditional trade publishers are quite selective about what books they publish and it's not easy to get their attention. But traditional publishing is not the only avenue to getting your book into the marketplace. For a fee, vanity presses and self-publishing companies allow any writer to create a book--and they offer as much editorial and book marketing support as an author chooses to afford. Read about the options--or share your own self-publishing experience with About.com readers, below.

Vanity Presses vs Self-Publishing Service Publishing Your Own Book
While vanity presses have long been around, today's print-on-demand and ebook technologies, internet sales channels, and social media marketing make it possible for many more authors to successfully self-publish their own books.

Self-Publishing Your Book: Reasons to Self-Publish Your Book
Today, self-publishing a book has become a widely accessible option for many writers. Whether your self-publishing goals are personal or professional, whether your desire is to reach a large audience or just to make your Mom smile, it makes sense to take stock of your expectations before you self-publish. Then, when you hold your book in your...

Self-Publishing - Considerations for Choosing A Publishing Service
Which publishing service should you choose to help you publish your book? It depends on whether you want to create a print book or an ebook, whether you want to potentially see your hardcover on a store shelf or allow your family and friends to print your book on-demand. Read about some of the factors you should consider when you compare...

An Overview of Popular Self-Publishing Services
Each of the most self-publishing services has their own pros and cons, and advantages and disadvantages, as well as their own proprietary features. Here's a handy overview of the most popular self-publishing services, along with handy links, so you can learn more.

Editorial Costs for Self-Published Authors
If you are self-publishing a book, you’ll want to ensure your book is well edited and typo-free— and for that you’ll need to hire some outside help. Here's a guide to the most commonly requested editorial freelance services and a rough estimate of what you can expect to pay for them.

Small Press Advantages – Added Value for Authors
Small press or indie author? When given the choice, should an author publish his or her book with a small press, or go the self-publishing route? Read this before you decide.

Publishing A Book to Market Your Business
Does your business need you to write a book? For many companies, the answer is yes. Businesses can benefit from publishing a nonfiction book for use as a marketing tool that introduces your ideas, your company, and its offerings to its potential customers.

About Ghostwriting and Hiring a Ghostwriter
Ghostwriting is the practice of writing books (and other content) for and in the name of someone else. Ghostwriting services can range from a start-to-finish crafting of a book to help your business, to a "punching up" your self published novel. Read about the ghostwriting process.

Advice for Self-Publishing Success
Here's a round-up of Q&As with authors who decided to self-publish. Their books range from romances to audiobooks to a unique guidebook and, in each case, these authors had specific reasons for "going indie." Read about them and follow the links to learn more about their specific stories.

Book Publicity Advice for Indie Authors
Book publicity advice for indie authors - including insights into book packaging, reviews, and book tours.

Self-Publishing Success Story: E-Book Author Amanda Hocking
Self-published writer Amanda Hocking made millions of dollars in her first year as a DIY author of young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels. How did Hocking find self-publishing success? By having a large body of work to draw upon, by knowing her audience... and by having some market savvy.

Self-Publishing Success Stories—E. Lynn Harris and Lisa Genova
At times in their respective careers, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens were self-published. But what’s the difference between being a successful self-published author and someone with a pile of books in their attic? Read about these New York Times bestselling authors secrets to success.

Self-Publishing Children's Ebooks
Have you thought about self-publishing your own children's book or ebook? If so, you might learn from the experiences of authors who decided to forego contacting any agents or publishers and instead launch their books themselves.

Self-publishing Ebooks - Important Considerations
From formatting to pricing to metadata, there are many technical considerations for self-publishing an ebook. Self-published children's ebook series creators Nicole and Damir Fonovich share with us their most important self-publishing take-aways.

Amazon.com's CreateSpace
For a paperback book format combined with the advantages of Amazon.com distribution, CreateSpace is a popular self-publishing service choice.

Barnes & Noble's PubIt!: An Overview of B&N's PubIt! eBook Publishing Service
If you're considering self-publishing an ebook, B&N's PubIt! offers the distribution barnesandnoble.com and some of the useful promotional features of Barnes & Noble bricks-and-mortar stores. Here’s an overview of some of the PubIt! features.

Amazon.com's Kindle Direct Publishing
Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) offers an e-book self-publishing service with the distribution capability of the online retail giant, Amazon.com.

Author Solutions — Self-Publishing Parent Company
Author Solutions is the self-proclaimed world leader in self-publishing--or "indie publishing," as it refers to its services. Its divisions include: AuthorHouse, Inkubook, iUniverse, Palibrio, Trafford Publishing, Wordclay, and Xlibris, each with somewhat different capabilities. Author Solutions also maintains partnerships with traditional...

Blurb — An Overview of Blurb's Book Self-Publishing Services
While Blurb allows self-publishing in a variety of book formats, the service is a favorite of graphic artists, photographers and cookbook authors who whose work lends itself to a highly-designed, full-color book. Read about some of Blurb's self-publishing features.

iUniverse Self-Publishing Service
The wide range of “guided self-publishing” packages and add-on editorial and marketing options makes iUniverse a good choice for those willing to pay professionals to help craft and launch a strong print/e-book combination into the book marketplace.

Lulu.com's Self-Publishing Services
The popular Lulu.com provides "the widest selection of print-on-demand options" — a large variety of book format choices and an array of services (for extra fees). Read about some of Lulu.com's self-publishing features.

Lulu.com's Self-Publishing Services
The popular Lulu.com provides "the widest selection of print-on-demand options" — a large variety of book format choices and an array of services (for extra fees). Read about some of Lulu.com's self-publishing features.

About Self-Publishing with Jared Koch, Self-published Author of CLEAN PLATES NYC
Self-published author of the healthy restaurant guide Clean Plates NYC, Jared Koch purposefully chose the DIY publishing route for his book and did his self-publishing with a hand-picked team. Given the book's respectable sales figures and extensive media coverage, About.com asked Koch to talk about his path to self-publishing success.

Smashwords: An Overview of Smashwords Self-Publishing Platform
Smashwords is an e-book publishing and distribution platform that offers multi-format e-books without the digital rights management strings — and with a higher percentage of profits — than many other self-publishing services. If you're thinking about publishing your own e-book, read more about how Smashwords differs from other e-book...

Have you self-published a book? Tell readers about your experience:
There's a wide selection of companies available to help authors self-publish their books. But what's the experience really like? What facts are useful for prospective authors know before they undertake the process? About.com readers who are self-published authors weigh in with real-life experiences. See submissions See submissions See......See submissions

Book Publishing for Authors
Being a book author is a business--and, like any successful enterprise, involves having a good product (your book), a distribution channel (booksellers) and someone to get it there (your publisher's salespeople). You'll also need marketing and publicity efforts to get your book to customer (the readers). Read about the business of book...

From Traditional Publisher to Indie Author
Donna Fasano's books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in nearly two dozen languages. Originally published by a traditional publisher, Fasano decided to go the self-publishing route — and is now making a living off her books. Read about her path to Indie Author success.

Traditional Publishing vs. Indie - The Financial Differences
Donna Fasano's books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in nearly two dozen languages. Originally published by a traditional publisher, Fasano decided to become an Indie Author — and is now making a living off her books. Read her candid thoughts about money and self-publishing.

Tips for Indie Author Marketing and Distribution
Donna Fasano's books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in nearly two dozen languages. Originally published by a traditional publisher, Fasano decided to go the Indie Author route — and is now making a living off her books. Read her tips for distribution and marketing.

eBook Sellers — Where to Sell Your eBooks Online
eBook sellers are the channels that bring your ebook to the reader. If you are self-publishing a book with the hopes of profiting, distribution through these digital retailers are critical to your book's success. Read about the major players and some speciality ebook sellers.

NOOK Press
NOOK Press is an ebook self-publishing platform from the Barnes & Noble NOOK Media subsidiary. NOOK Press boasts a number of important features as well as the distribution power of a bookselling force. If you're considering self-publishing your ebook, read about NOOK Press.

Kobo Writing Life - Ebook Self-Publishing Platform
If you are self-publishing an ebook, there are a number of reasons why you might consider publishing and selling your work through Kobo Writing Life. Read more about the self-publishing features of Kobo.

Self-Publishing an Audiobook
Whether referred to as "recorded books" or "books on tape," historically, audiobooks have provided a format for those who prefer to listen to their books rather than read them. In the burgeoning self-publishing marketplace, both traditional and indie authors are finding that audiobooks can provide new "readers" and an additional revenue stream for their work. In this Q&A with Joel Schwartzberg, the author of the well-reviewed The 40-Year-Old Version, he shares his audiobook publishing journey.

Book Tours - Facts, Costs, and Benefits
The business facts, costs, and benefits of author book tours - including insights for indie authors.

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