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How Print-On-Demand Is Transforming Self-Publishing

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These days, everyone’s an entrepreneur. That includes creative professionals, such as artists, musicians and authors, who used to be considered nearly the vocational opposite of businesspeople. Not anymore. Thanks to the advent of self-publishing, crowdfunding and e-commerce, indie artists …


What Authors Need to Know about POD – Print on Demand

You’ve probably heard the buzzword ‘print on demand.’ With digital technology you no longer have to pay upfront for printing costs because now there …


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Why You Should Self-Publish

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This past week, my latest self-published book debuted at #7 on the New York Times bestseller list. Crunching some numbers, it appears that I've sold a million books in the last two years. You might think I'm living the best days of my life right now, but that …


So, You Want to Publish Your Book?

Apparently, my last article, about writing a book, reminded quite a few people that yes, they have important stories to tell, and encouraged them to stop waiting and start writing. I'm truly thrilled. At the end of your days, you won't be thinking about how many Facebook friends you had, or how …


Self-Publishing on a Shoestring

When you first enter the world of indie-publishing, things can get confusing, fast. The learning curve is steep. And now that companies have realized how lucrative it can be, self-publishing and vanity imprints are springing up like wild mushrooms, working hard to convince people to spend between …

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Self-Publishing: It Takes a Village

Are you or your group thinking about self-publishing a book? If so, there are some things you'll want to know before you get started to create a high-quality book that everyone will want to read.

Perhaps you, like many writers, find self-publishing attractive because it will let you circumvent the …


Blurb Introduces New Publishing and Book Design Software and Amazon Distribution for All Authors

SAN FRANCISCO, Apr 22, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Blurb, the indie book publishing platform, today announced an easier, smarter book design and distribution service that includes direct Amazon distribution, a new precision design tool called Blurb BookWright™, with ISBN numbers included for free. ISBN …


Self-Publishing Part 2 – Setting Your Price & Book Categories

Print-on-demand has made self-publishing affordable, but many authors find the process overwhelming. Lynn Serafinn explains how to get your book set


10 Visual Steps To Self-Publishing Your Book On Amazon

These are your words, this is your story; a tale of pathos and woe, heartbreak and longing, action, violence, sex, death and transformation. Its overarching message will no doubt resonate deeply with the reader.

Except, to have readers, your work must be published. Luckily, this is now easy to do …


How To Self-Publish Your Book Through Amazon

Not so long ago, the first hurdle for an aspiring book author was to get past the gatekeepers. First you would have to spend weeks or months writing a book proposal and sample chapters. Then you might contact a bunch of agents to see if they would be interested in pitching your book to major


Self-published e-books outselling big publishing on Amazon

Amazon is notorious for a lack of transparency when it comes to e-book sales, leaving many to do their own guessing about what exactly goes on inside …

Lightning Source And Print On Demand: 'Cost Saving Breakthrough For Publishers'

“We turn fixed costs into variable costs,” explains John Ingram, the Chairman & CEO of privately held Ingram Content Group, about what the company’s division Lightning Source does for its customers.

In a recent interview with the CEO about his company’s print on demand (POD) division Lightning …


Should You Self-Publish Your First Book?

When I first considered writing a book about millennials seeking meaning in their professional lives, my dream was to find a publisher. I knew publishers would be intrigued since the topic was highly relevant to 20- and 30-somethings and receiving frequent media coverage in outlets like The New York


The Key to Self-Publishing Your Memoir: Be Confident with Your Story!

If you asked me about confidence as a writer a year ago, I'd say confidence equates publication. I had written more than 100 drafts for each of my little academic books, which took six years while struggling to support a family on a part time teacher income. I tried to make each book the best it …


Are Self-published Authors Really Authors or Even Published?

Disclaimer: Four of the 14 books I have written have been self-published with the ready admission that I couldn't find a traditional publisher to publish them because of their decidedly niche nature.

The topic of self-publishing, which I include to mean both printing one's own books and paying a …


Six digital publishing startups to watch



You know you can blog with Tumblr or WordPress, or self-publish a book on Kindle (s AMZN) or iBooks (s AAPL). But what’s next …

What’s the best price for a self-published ebook? $3.99, Smashwords research suggests

One of the biggest decisions that self-published authors have to make is how to price their ebook. What’s the sweet spot? Self-publishing platform …

The all-new monthly literary prize – for self-published authors

The Guardian is set to become the first national newspaper to champion self-publishing on a regular basis with the launch of a new monthly prize that aims to find the best DIY novels.

The paper is teaming up with publisher Legend Times to support and showcase what it said was "the fantastic quality …

Amazon reveals quarter of Kindle ebook sales in US were for indie publishers

As many as a quarter of the top 100 Kindle books on are from indie publishers, according to data revealed at a trade presentation by the retailer.

A chart detailing the 25 top-selling indie titles in 2012 was passed on by an audience member via Twitter. Though the term indie is broad, …

Want to Write a Book? Consider These 3 Self-Publishing Options.

Self-publishing is no longer for fringe projects. With the mega-success of self-published books such as James Altucher’s Choose Yourself and even the Fifty Shades Of Grey series, self-publishing has gained support and respect worldwide. This is also because of the advances in the self-publishing …


Prerequisites For Successful Self-Publishing

Prerequisites For Successful Self-Publishing including defining what success means for you, understanding your niche, target market, comparison authors, and researching your niche. The characteristics of successful self-publishers. How to counteract the charge of bad quality self published books by …

A Beginner's Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing

As you probably know, self-published books can sell as many copies as those that are traditionally-published, and sometimes even more so!

Although luck does plays a huge part -- being in the right place at the right time -- good writing, along with professional editing and design are also essential, …


Self-publishing boom lifts sales by 79% in a year

Self-published books' share of the UK market grew by 79% in 2013, with 18m self-published books bought by UK readers last year, according to new statistics.

With print sales falling by 10% last year, and book purchasing as a whole down 4%, ebook sales continue to grow, according to Nielsen's …