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Questions tagged [self-publishing]

Any effort by the author to produce his own work, whether it be in print, electronic, or other format.

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Cover image formatting for books published on Amazon?

When outsourcing work for a cover image for a book published on Amazon, what should the format of the image be? I have a collection of poems written in a language other than English on Amazon, and I ...
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Copyright related issue on publishing a technical book?

I am preparing to publish a technical book on programming that contains figures and charts (like, compiler, linker, ASCII table, keywords list) created by myself by taking references from many sources....
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Shipping self-published books directly from Amazon to bookstores: bad idea?

I have a book published by Kindle Direct Publishing. Most of my sales are to bookstores and up until now I have been ordering books (author copies) from KDP then shipping them to bookstores myself. ...
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Many sexual situations, but no actual sex scenes?

My guile heroine's character arc is almost entirely sex and manipulation. I tell (not show) she was a sex worker in the past, it's left ambiguous (likely) that she still is. She has powerplay scenes ...
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What matters more when it comes to book covers? Is it ‘professional quality’ or relevancy?

This is a sort of follow up to my previous question. It is generally understood that covers matter a great deal in terms of getting people to click on a fiction eBook and check out its blurb and ...
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Is it true that a great cover is enough to sell many copies of your book

I've come across podcasts and internet articles about self-publishing in which they basically say that books with fantastic covers and interesting blurbs tend to sell lots of copies even if the actual ...
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Modern Markup for lengthy novel suited for self-publishing

I wrote a lengthy novel using a program I wrote. This produces a suitable LaTeX source I can use to generate a nice-looking PDF. Markup, beside customary division in Part/Chapter/Scene, is used to ...
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Is it advisable to begin marketing a book before it is published?

I watched a presentation called Your First 10k Readers. It explains a marketing course that will build an audience for your book prior to release - even prior to completion. It sounds sensible and the ...
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Are there certain keywords that Amazon expects one to use if one's genre fiction book contains sex scenes but doesn't really fall under erotica?

I’m having a lot of trouble with this issue, not least for the very fact that I am not even really sure what exactly ‘erotica’ means and how it differs from so-called ‘romance’ fiction that has ...
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How do I attract readers? [duplicate]

When a novel is self-published through something like Amazon, how do I attract readers once it's live? How do I expand beyond just the bubble of people who know me personally?
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What percentage of Amazon ebook customers in the US are subscribers to Kindle Unlimited?

I think this is an important fact to have in mind for authors who are trying to decide whether or not to put their books in the KDP select program. If the vast majority of US ebook customers are on ...
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I want to traditionally publish my work but I have multiple ISBNs what do I do?

I have four poetry books and two nonfiction books I have self-published but now I have removed them from the web so I can traditionally publish them. Is there anything I need to do? Can I keep using ...
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PoD services that do hardcovers of custom dimensions?

Which print-on-demand (PoD) services allow creating hardcover books of arbitrary dimensions (e.g., 115 × 157 mm)? I'm looking to print 60 copies.
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Written and illustrated children's book: what now?

I have written and illustrated a children's book and am looking for advice about where to go with it now. My thoughts are: approach independent bookstores, contact an illustrator's agent, approach ...
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Would a full service PoD company include a literary agent?

I have been communicating with three PoD companies. I was considering the first, it has been in business for years and provides a certain number of copies to the author, the rest are sold from their ...
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Is it true that good novels will automatically sell themselves on Amazon (and so on) and there is no need for one to waste time promoting?

This is what Dean Wesley Smith teaches in his articles and workshop videos. He says that all you have to do is just write and publish your books on kdp (Kindle Direct Publishing, the self-publishing ...
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What exactly is the difference between Wordpress.org and Wordpress.com and what should be used for self publishing?

I recently came to know that wordpress.com and wordpress.org are two different platforms for publishing. But despite browsing on various links I am not able to fully understand the actual difference ...
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Publish the same book under two names

I have self-published books under a name that I used before moving to another country, where I partially changed my name. I'd like to know if I could publish them again with my new name, but not "...
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Self-publishing Nonfiction Help Guides on Amazon?

This is inspired by this question, but taking it in a non-fiction direction: Is there a benefit to publishing non-fiction ebooks on Amazon as opposed to just putting them on your blog? Let's assume ...
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If I put my writing online/in contests, can I still get published?

I've entered writing into contests and put excerpts of my novels places like Tumblr. If I wanted to seek publication for the pieces from which said excerpts are taken, could I still get published by ...
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Outsourcing people to make a cover [closed]

I need some very specific art for my book cover and will probably not be able to find a generic one on a website, so do I hire someone for it and what's the average hourly wage for hiring one? How do ...
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Do I need to get people to sign a waiver to include their content in my book?

I am working on a book that will be based on the results of ten interview questions that I am asking of multiple well-known-in-their-field people. Do I need to get these folks to sign a waiver or ...
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How do some self-published books on Amazon get lots of sales without any marketing whatsoever?

I get confused with this whole indie-publishing thing in terms of the advice I keep hearing from experts. On one hand, people say that no matter how great your book is, no one is going to read it or ...
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Why is it that all the bestselling indie authors are based in the US (and, to a much smaller degree, the UK)?

I find this rather strange given that the English-speaking population of the rest of the world combined is much greater than that of the US (even though the US is the largest single market for books ...
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Where can a new author sell the first chapter of a book?

Where can I publish my work online and get paid for it? I'm just new to this and this is my first work and it's still chapter 1. It's a fantasy and mythical story.
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Are there very large format POD publishers?

I have a low quantity book project that will need a book sized A3 with 1000-1500 pages. Is there a print on demand provider out there that could possibly handle that?
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What exactly is a 'series' in indie publishing?

Is it a large seamless novel chopped up into several parts, or is it a collection of independent novels with recurring characters?
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Library of Congress filing: answering “intended for children or young adults”

I'm going to submit a request for a Library of Congress Preassigned Control Number (PCN). One of the questions on the form is: Is this title intended for children or young adults? Because of the "...
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Why does pricing one's ebook at $1.99 tend to result in far lower sales than pricing it at $2.99 or $0.99?

This is what I keep hearing but no one seems to be able to provide an explanation. Is it because 2.99 is high enough to be make the book respectable while 0.99 is low enough to make it easy for people ...
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Is it true that setting your book price low (without making it clear that it is a sales price) makes people assume it is of low quality? [duplicate]

I’ve heard from some authors that setting your book at a low price without making it clear that it is a sales/giveaway price tends to devalue your work and makes people assume that it is of low ...
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Is it much costlier to self-publish a 6x9 book than a 5x8 with a POD printer?

Does the amount of pages and/or the number of copies printed determine the cost just as much as trim size? I was thinking of using KDP or possibly Advanced Print & Finishing (bestbookprinting.com),...
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Publication advice on a adult-themed account

I recently penned a 60k word account of the life of a former pet. He was a rather rude and uncouth tough little dog, and so his language, daily habits and adventures were of course likewise. However, ...
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How overcome the budget constraint while building a fiction writing career?

Recently I was exposed to several sources that suggest that writing one novel a month is possible: The book 2K to 10K by Rachel Aaron, "Write. Publish. Repeat", and my old statistics file that shows ...
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Software for writing a book similar to Resnick-Halliday

Which is the best software to write a book which is similar to Fundamentals of Physics by Resnick and Halliday? I want to self-publish a book (on physics) on Createspace but have no idea regarding ...
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Do I stand to lose anything if I reprint an already published story on my own site?

I've got a story published in print with limited circulation. From what I can tell, my first publication rights are spent. I like this story and I want to make it available to more people, so I'm ...
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How do you generally share your novels with the masses?

I'm currently writing my first novel and as a particularly young person, I have no clue on how to send my book to a publisher or how I can self promote it online. I know that Wattpad is one option, ...
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What about pictures in a story book

I am looking for feedback on the idea of including pictures in a fantasy story e-book to be sold on Amazon. The book is not a graphic novel as it has over 60,000 words spread across 15 chapters. There ...
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Advice on Amazon Marketing Campaigns?

Amazon has two types of marketing campaigns, "sponsored products", and "product display ads". Can anyone point me to information about how effective these are? I'm especially interested in what works ...
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Do I need permission to name organizations in a non-fiction book?

I am self-publishing a dog photography book. I have obtained permissions for all subjects in the book. One of the pictures I am using has the American Kennel Club (AKC) logo in it. I'm assuming I need ...
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Release for book of interviews

I would like to write an ebook in which I ask people to share their experiences in a specific topic. Where can I find a good release for these people to sign? Do I have to pay the interviewee? ...
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How can I help a friend self-publish an incorrect scientific paper? [closed]

I have a friend who for various reasons does not have access to the Internet. We communicate by snail mail. He has written a paper about a scientific topic. His paper claims that the mainstream view ...
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Self Publishing vs Mainstream Publisher [duplicate]

I am in the middle of writing my first non-fiction book and I am almost finished with designing my blog page discussing the subject I am writing about with small snippets of my writing. I am trying ...
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Taxes and self-publication from other countries

The answers provided here are quite helpful, but they don't address a particular concern that I have. What if I'm not in the US? Where do I pay tax? Do I have to pay tax in the US and in my home ...
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What is “Buying Back My Book”?

I have read on a few different author blogs, as well as some answers here I think, references to the author needing to "buy back" rights to their books. Having not yet explored all these options, ...
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Can I self-publish a paperback through Amazon KDP, but make the e-book available elsewhere?

I have self-published a paperback and Kindle version of a book on Amazon KDP. For the paperback, I got a free ISBN from KDP. My question is, can I also publish a free e-book version somewhere else, ...
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Does CreateSpace (Print-On-Demand) print and ship books to the customer, or do I need to do that?

If I self-publish a book on Amazon using CreateSpace, when someone orders a copy, do I need to go to a local printing company, have it printed, and shipped to them? Or does CreateSpace print the book ...
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What is the opposite of self-publishing?

Once, when your book was "published", it was clear that you meant that it had been reviewed and accepted by a publisher and was now being distributed through book stores. Today, when you talk about ...
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Is there a place to publish my stories to share it? [duplicate]

First I did google for 4 hours before making this question but I did not found what I was looking for. Secondly probably there is a question similar that I couldn't found. I am programmer that ...
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Is there a tactful way to give advice to a writer who needs it, but doesn't think so?

I have a friend who is a rather ambitious (writing and otherwise), and has even self-published a couple of books. I know having a sense of self-confidence is a good thing, but just churning out luke-...
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Payment questions around joint publishing ebook over Kindle [closed]

I have a question specifically about ebook self publishing payments. I am writing a book jointly, 50-50 with a partner. I read somewhere that Amazon Kindle pays per store front. However, there will ...