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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How much can you change a self-published book for it to count as a “new” book in the eyes of a traditional publisher?

I have a book that is nearing completion. Because the current circumstances might increase interest in the book and also the Christmas sale is coming, I would like if it would be a good idea to self-...
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Which options for self-publish large book with Print on demand, bible paper and hardcover?

I want to publish one book with about 1,200 pages. We are talking about a book for daily use My requirements are: Print on demand (POD) paper of "bible" type (to avoid a book with a too ...
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International English Style Guide?

For writers who are self-publishing to Amazon (especially for a global or US & UK audience) is there a style guide for an "international" English? Or must one commit fully to either an ...
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Can I publish both with Apple Books and Amazon?

I want to publish my book both through Apple Books and Amazon. Is this allowed? Or if I choose to provide my book through Apple, then I am obligated to not sell it through any other platform?
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I got a message from an Author Liaison representative. Can someone please give me advice on what to do? [duplicate]

I have received the message below on Wattpad and I think it's a scam. I am not that good at writing and I doubt that anyone would come to me out of all people. Can someone please help me I don't know ...
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Is it true that the need for marketing/promoting one's books is a “myth”?

For indie fiction authors, is it true that if one simply writes and publishes regularly, one will begin to see sales (as Dean Wesley Smith proclaims), and that book marketing/promotion is actually ...
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Can I use a print on demand service for my novel with an explicit scene?

I am looking to print the first novel I ever wrote for personal use—one physical copy to sit on my bookshelf as a token for completing the first one (there have been multiple after this one). This ...
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Is frequent releasing of new books a good alternative to doing promotions?

Is it true that releasing several well-written books consecutively/frequently will lead to sales without any need to do promotions? I have heard some indie-publishing authors/pundits say that a better ...
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Is there a way I can print a book only for myself?

As selfish as this sounds, I’m really interested in having my own book printed physically for myself. I don’t intend to sell it or distribute it, and I’m primarily interested in having my book that I’...
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Successful (non YA) epic high fantasy published episodically as a novella series

The high fantasy genre is notorious for producing enormous tomes. I am currently writing a BronzePunk epic of my own. However, I have chosen to publish it somewhat episodically as a series of ...
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I'm writing a book [closed]

I recently quit my job and now I'm bored at home with nothing to do. So, I decided to write a book. There is an phone app I can upload it on... I want the main character to be a woman in her 20s. ...
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Font Size for Book

I am writing a short book. What is the best font size to use with Times New Roman: 12 or 14?
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ShareLaTeX or OverLeaf templates to write a book to be self-published on Amazon

I'm planning to write a book and eventually self-publish it online through amazon (I haven't decided which platform on Amazon yet, but Kindle seems reasonable). The book will contain mostly texts, but ...
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How Would I Go About Self-Publishing My Novels by 2021?

I've recently hired some professional proofreaders for all four of my novels this year, and my novels with respect to the Word document have already been professionally formatted. I already applied my ...
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How to start writing an autobiography [duplicate]

I’m planning to write my autobiography. I don’t know where to start. Please give some tips and tricks to kickstart the project. I know it’s my personal stuff. But still some hacks from experienced ...
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Can self publishing be taken as a full time work?

Everyone is talking about self-publishing as a passive income source, not active. Can self-publishing be taken as a full time work?
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Moving from PDF to EPUB for already published ebook

I made the mistake to follow the advice of the kindle Create desktop app to use the PDF format for creating my cookbook. Now I realise that older models of the kindle will not be able to display this ...
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Is it illegal to write a book about how to do something illegal in some places?

If I wrote a book about how to do something that is legal in some places but illegal in others, would I get in trouble? What about if it included a disclaimer clearly stating that the information in ...
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Did I set up my book series titles and ISBNs wrong?

I currently have 4 books all under one series that are self published. The way I have been setting up the titles through Ingramspark and under my ISBNs has been: Title: Name of the Book Series ...
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i would like to illustrate poem and compile it into a book, and is it ok to publish it?

I'm an artist and I wanted to illustrate some of my fav poems into a book. The poems are mostly from before 1900. Is it alright to illustrate them? and meanwhile we're at it, is it alright if the ...
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Pictures in my book

I have recently been diagnosed with ALS. I was keeping a journal on the CaringBridge site, and I got enough feedback about it that I have decided to turn it into a book. I have added memories of my ...
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Will I have to pay royalty or fee to illustrator [closed]

Will I have to pay a fee or royalties to the illustrator of my first book that I hired from a freelance service?
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Wizardry before Harry Potter [closed]

I'm writing a book about the hidden wizard world that spread and broke because of the fear of being shown up and it's the first book that starts the series, the adventure is about one guy lead the ...
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Type of binding and paper used

I will be self-publishing a children book next year. The main format will be a board book, but seeing how expensive they are to make, transport and store. I'm thinking about getting a bunch of normal ...
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Does self-publishing one's eBook online hurt a writer's chances of later selling the same book to a traditional publisher?

Prior to asking this question, I have found and read similar questions posted by other people and I have come away each time deeply dissatisfied and frustrated by the responses given. Here’s an ...
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KDP publishing margins and gutters [closed]

KDP gives margins for an 8.5" X 5.5" book that don't look right at all. What do I do? Also, I'm using Libre Office and I can't figure ut how to create a gutter. Help! Thanks. Matthew
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What is the purpose of an author stipulating that only 50% of his book can be translated?

I recently requested permission of an author to translate one of his books, and permission was granted. However, the contract stipulated that no more than 50% of the book could be translated. What is ...
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Springer or CRC versus self-publishing

I have an IT textbook that is about 120,000 words which was accepted for publishing at several very reputable publishers. My goal is to get the text out to as many people as possible. My secondary ...
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Production/edition focus order

Good morning, This morning I have found an ad about a new TV serie, "See", which plot is quite similar (blind civilization with sighted-rare members, although environment and background is different) ...
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Correct way of Citing References in a writing a Non-Fiction book?

I am trying to write a non-fiction book about summarizing core computer science concepts. I plan to self publish this book through the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing program. My target audience ...
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how to tell if a book will be a bestseller? [closed]

I wrote a novel and it is Science fiction based novel. Almost every close friend of mine read the novel and none of them gave a negative response. What are the possibilities that I need to assume, ...
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Should I self-publish my novella on Amazon or try my luck getting publishers?

I have completed my novellas first draft which is 32k words long. For all the reasons, I was doing research as to whether self-publish or try my luck getting a publisher. I should tell you that I am a ...
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Self-Publishing Chapters

Is selling individual chapters a valid marketing scheme? Is there anything against it or examples where it worked to sell a whole novel?
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What's the best way to publish a small anthology of poetry? [duplicate]

As the title said I'm seeking advice for publishing a small anthology of poetry. I have 28 poems and may possibly be adding somewhere between 3-9 more (for a grand total of 31-37). I personally know ...
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How much web presence should I have?

I am getting ready to release my first fictional novel. At the moment I have zero web presence (besides E-mail accounts). I am considering using Amazon's Kindle Direct. Before releasing should I ...
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Is a professional editor worth the cost?

The pros and cons of alternatives to professional editors have already been discussed here. It has already been established that nothing can quite replace the many alternatives that exist, as these ...
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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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