One Writer’s Tale of Self-Publishing

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

In 2009, 76% of all books released were self-published, according to Publishers Weekly. The number of self-published print and e-books continue to grow exponentially while the number of books issued by traditional publishers declines. This trend is being fostered by both independent authors and the new wave of print on demand (POD) publishers who publish books for would-be authors lacking the technical skills to otherwise self-publish.

Yes, A Book Is Still "Price Of Entry" - Agent/Publisher Route, Self-Publishing, Home-Publishing

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

If you haven't published one, you are at a disadvantage. Why You   Publish.  No, you don't put the book out there hoping to earn a bundle from royalties. Therefore, you have consider how you go about publishing your book. Agent-Publisher Route.

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Article: Self-Publishing, Author Services Open Floodgates for Writers

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Mid-level authors already know that the era of large advances, generous royalties, book tours and media spots are over. Publishers just don't have the resources to offer them full support. The Internet, online bookstores, e-books, and an economy in decline are cited as some root causes of the steady slump in the traditional publishing industry. Tags: Self-Publishing & Print On Demand

Book royalty cheque arrives and I am smiling

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Book royalty cheque arrives and I am smiling. Tags: Self-Publishing & Print On Demand POD print on demand self-publishing Here's why.

What You Need to Know About Self-Publishing

Great Public Speaking

It's a free online self-publishing tool that helps you prepare your book for printing. The price of the book covers the production costs and your royalty. In addition, Amazon offers a lot of tips to help you self-publish your book through createspace.com. You know that public speaking book you have always wanted to write but never did because you would have to pay the printer to print hundreds more than you need and then store them forever in your garage?

Shared Royalties as payment: Pre-digital dreamer

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  A wannabe author puts an ad for ghostwriting, offering as compensation a share of royalties.    To bring in any royalties it has to be published by a big brandname like Sarah Palin or really dish the dirt like THE POLITICIAN.    Otherwise it's unlikely to yield any royalties at all.    This month I will find out from The Dilenschneider Group what royalties came in from AMA HANDBOOK ON PUBLIC RELATIONS. 

Growth of ebooks and indie authors

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

According to Publisher’s Weekly : Ten years ago, e-books accounted for less than 1% of the trade book market. Writers are drawn to e-book self-publishing for the total creative control, faster access to global markets, and pricing and promotion flexibility. Writers retain all rights while earning 60%–80% of the list price as their e-book royalty. Traditionally published e-book authors earn only 12%–17%.

How the Professionals Make Money

The Speaker Point

They write it, publish it, and carry it around, as my friend Seth puts it, “as a business card to get speaking gigs.” With royalty for first-time authors between 6% and 10% of the net receipts, the total amounts to about $1 per book going to the author. On the other hand, if you self publish, you stand a chance at making significantly more money if you know how to promote yourself.

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2010: What no longer sells books

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The glut of product caused by self-publishing and desperation.  [Full disclosure: I receive 50% of AMA HANDBOOK royalties for assisting in its preparation.].   Don't publish without a sustained commitment to promote. Going the agent/publishing house route is yielding diminishing returns.    Self-publishing, although still carrying a stigma, eliminates that gap.  The Great Recession. 

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Online Moves Offline: Bob Dilenschneider on how PR keeps mutating

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  But, for clients especially in professional services, publishing a book usually is the price of entry.    Only now there are more options: The established publisher route, self-publishing, or an e-book knocked out on the computer.

Should You Write an eBook?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Should you publish one?    I get asked these questions all the time by people understandably confused by the sudden explosions of options in publishing thanks to the Internet and the lack of a coherent response by the traditional publishing industry.    Because the publishing industry is changing so fast, I encourage you to weigh in with your experiences.    Publishers used to do 5 things for authors. 

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"Creations must make money indirectly, by promoting sales of something else," Paul Krugman

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  My example is the book published to bring in business for the consultant, lecture fees for the motivational speaker, and believers for a spiritual or religious organization.  Fortunately, even prospects for my ghostwriting services are getting it that they can't hope for big royalties from a book.    But Anderson published "The Long Tail" in 2006.    That was four year before self-publishing really took off. 

How to work with publishers and agents: The Public Words Speaker Forum 2010

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  And that means books published by traditional publishing houses for the most part, though there are exceptions.    But for most speakers, the book helps generate the speaking, and so traditional publishing is important.    At the Public Words Speaker Forum 2010 last week, two speakers held forth on how publishing is changing, what function agents perform, and how to navigate your way through the publishing maze. 

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What Happened?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  I assisted with the manuscript and for that am contracted to receive 50% of the royalties, which likely won't be a windfall.   Self-publishing and the desperate need of professional services firms to hand a book to prospects and clients have worsened that already bad situation.  The speech I derived from it for the New York Bar Association has just been published in VITAL SPEECHES OF THE DAY Download NYSBAtalkinVITALSPEECHESOFDAY.

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