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

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How critical is selecting an imprint for a self-published book?

I'm about to self-publish a book through CreateSpace and they want me to give them an imprint. (I know, I know, "you're not likely to make any money by self-publishing" and all that, but for the ...
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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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How is “A Song of Ice and Fire” not in violation of Amazon's policies?

So Amazon has been delisting and removing works of small publishers for a while now, as it seems some of them are in violation with its terms, such as "incest", "under age", and "graphical depiction". ...
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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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Are tables of contents mandatory in novels?

I've had several people ask me why my fiction story does not have a table of contents. I never really thought about it, seeing as plenty of fiction stories do not have one either. Is a table of ...
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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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Would there be any problems with choosing a pseudonym of another ethnicity and sex?

Taking some advice here You might notice that pen names usually sound like names a real person would have. So when you want to make a writing career under a pen name, you might want to pick a less ...
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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 ...
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How to express copyright when you use a pen name

I am about to self-publish my first novel using a pen name. I will be registering the copyright this week. My question is, on the first page of the novel where you put all the publishing/copyright ...
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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 are the dangers of self publishing?

I’m not sure if this has been answered yet, but I always have people tell me that self publishing might not be safe. What are the dangers of self publishing? Also, a question to the published writers: ...
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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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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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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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How to prevent ebook piracy from stealing your livelihood?

I'm a part-time writer, still working on my novel (with a long term goal to make a living as a writer). My partner is also a writer, full time, with a couple dozen novels in ebook format, who makes a ...
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Is it possible to self-publish with a pseudonym but still be approachable for offers?

I'm currently writing a book and intend to sell it to make some money on the side. Now I don't have any dreams of grandeur for this book such as it being an instant hit or anything like that and I'm ...
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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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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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Self-publishing / marketing children's book

I have wanted for some time now to write and illustrate a children's book. How realistic is it to self publish? I have no business background in this at all, and would expect to make a loss initially. ...
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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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Would Amazon allow sex between transformed humans (animal/object) with normal humans

I'm concerned about what Amazon will allow since their guidelines are so vague, or in the case of what I am writing, a gray area. In the stories I'm writing, human beings are transformed into ...
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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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Best e-book formatting process?

The question I would like to ask is this: does anyone else have their own process (or one borrowed from elsewhere) that they use for formatting and then creating their e-books? Are you using other ...
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Help Formatting for Kindle Direct Publishing on Mac?

I'm taking up the task of publishing some content to Kindle. I've been reading up on their documentation and been trying to get something to show up in the Kindle Previewer App, using a combination of ...
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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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Who to ask questions on prices?

I want to get advice for my book and e-book pricing (telling that I am to advertise them with AdWords). My question: What is such an adviser called? Maybe "marketolog", "counselor", "adviser", etc.? ...
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Do I have to pay royalties when I use research information?

I'm in the process of writing my very first book and I'd like to use the internet for research information. However, I don't want to do anything wrong. I realize I need to list the source of my info ...
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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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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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Promoting your books when you've written under a pseudonym/pen name

I know this question could be considered a "list" question, or "subjective", but I think that it is a valid question and can be quite helpful for a lot of authors. My question is, as a self-published ...
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How do I promote a self-published book?

I am in the process of writing a book and I'm considering setting up my own publishing agency to get it published, or else publish solely through the internet, but there is the obvious problem of ...
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Are there any free sites for testing beta 'book cover' designs?

The LONG road to publishing a novel is nearing an end. But writing a novel is actually only the beginning; editing, formatting, compiling and marketing the novel makes the initial task of writing seem ...
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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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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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Do acknowledgements have to come after the table of contents?

I am preparing a non-fiction book for self publication via Amazon, Print on Demand, and other online services. Currently, my book has the following sections: Title page Copyright Dedication ...
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How important is a BISAC Category?

I'm preparing my book for print-on-demand distribution with CreateSpace. As part of the process, I'm being asked to select a BISAC Category for my book. My book is a non-fiction book which covers a ...
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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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Do self publishers need to support punctuation differences for different markets?

I am an Australian, first time author, intending to self publish. I have prepared the manuscript using the Australian English dictionary in MS Word. Many words are spelled differently in different ...
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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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Is SelfPubBookCovers.com a good website to buy book covers?

The saying goes to never judge a book by its cover, but let's face it: a cover is a very important part of a book. However, many people don't have access to an illustrator, or cover designer. I myself ...
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Is there a way to know who bought my books on Amazon?

I self-published some books on Amazon. I find it frustrating that I cannot contact my customers to ask for feedback on the books / ask them if they are interested in further products and use the book ...
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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 ...