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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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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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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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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What is the difference between an ISBN and an ISBN Barcode?

Is the ISBN the same as the ISBN Barcode or are these 2 different things? I want to publish my own books, so need some clarification. Which one will help me save on my publishing cost?
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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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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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Republishing public domain work by family ancestors

Both my husband's great grandfather and, on my side, my own great-great grandfather were published authors. Their books appear on the Bibliobazaar/Open Source sites. Although we are direct ...
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Copywriting question, error by publisher

I had a friend "publisher" help with organizing and publishing my children's book through a self publishing company. We have no written contract. He was to help me for gratis as he learned the process ...
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What's a good LaTeX template for self-publishing a short children's book?

The trick is that the book is in three languages... layout becomes tricky fast. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
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Should I publish a series of children's books simultaneously or separately?

I have written a picture text book for children and there will be around 20 books in the series. I have a publisher that has shown interest, and wants to know whether I want my books to be published ...
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Publishing a Children's Picture book — Question about an App and a Printed version

I've written and had illustrated a children's picture book. I'm thinking of making this into an App for download from the Apple Apps store. I'm also considering looking for a publisher to publish a ...
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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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Why are costs for ISBN less in Australia, until you order 1,000?

As I was looking up the Bowker website for when I go to buy ISBNs I found it has separate URLs for The US and for Australia (which is good because I'm Australian). but the prices seem....strange No. ...
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Would an Australian need an ABN for self-publishing a book?

I know that generally businesses in Australia need an Australian Business Number (ABN) for tax reasons. I recall reading somewhere (not sure if it was here or another site) that by self-publishing you'...
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If I get a free ISBN through Amazon's CreateSpace now, will that impact any decisions about getting my own ISBN later?

I am preparing my book for print-on-demand through Amazon's CreateSpace service, and I am trying to understand the options for getting an ISBN. I am a little confused. CreateSpace offers a "free" ...
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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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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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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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How do existing covers compare to possible new ones?

I have a fairly large collection of titles on Amazon, and I'm wondering whether I should by my own efforts replace them with covers I've made myself by services like canva.com. I have an MFA friend ...
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First Chapter for Free?

I am currently working on a novel, and am approximately 45% of the way through (~37,500 words / 100 A5 pages). Working full time, I am unable to finish my story within the next month, and I plan on ...
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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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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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Recommend binding for book to stay open

I would like to self-publish a book with a binding that allows for the book to stay open if you put it down on a desk. What would be an affordable way of accomplishing this? Perhaps you need to know ...
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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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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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How to handle taxes for a self-published book

I'm thinking of publishing a book on kindle, but I don't currently have a business set up. Do you need a business to publish a book? I'm curious as to how to handle US taxes for the royalties. I ...
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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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Traditional vs. Self Publishing… Show me the Money? [closed]

As a beginning writer, I need to have a broad view of the financial side of writing. How much to expect and how different types of publishing affect benefits. There are no threads I am aware of 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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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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Can I make money from short fiction?

Can one still make money from short fiction, and what is the best way? I know in days gone past it has been possible to sell short fiction to magazines or papers, who would pay per word, or some such, ...
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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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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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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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How do I calculate how many copies I am planning to print?

I wrote a fan-fiction story and had emailed a company to get a license from them so I could publish it. (The license would cover copyright stuff, etc.) However, the person in charge of licensing ...
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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 do magazines mean when they say they don’t accept reprints?

I want to submit fiction to magazines. Some of them say they do not accept reprints. What exactly do they mean by this? Does it just mean my fiction should not have been officially published, or ...
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What will be the copyright situation if I self-publish an anthology of my unpublished short stories?

If I'm planning on self-publishing an anthology of unpublished short stories that I wrote, do I also need to copyright each story, or will the entire anthology's copyright suffice for each story?
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How should I set the inside margin for my 5x8" book with Createspace?

I've been going round in ever decreasing circles over the setting up of the margins for my novel, which I hope to publish with Createspace. I know what the Top, Bottom, and Outside margins should be, ...
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What are effective methods for getting reviews for a non-fiction business book?

I'm writing a non-fiction business book and will self-publish first as an ebook and then as a hardcover. What are effective techniques I can use to have it reviewed in appropriate media, such as The ...
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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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How can I (or can I?) create a Canva.com cover for a CreateSpace 6“x9” title? [closed]

http://canva.com appears to offer support for multiple formats including eBook (and also Kindle), but what I can't tell from the homepage is whether they offer direct support for creating a cover (...
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Would publishing my book like the “Stacks Project” increase the readership of my book?

I have written a book about my math discoveries. The book is available as a PDF file and as LaTeX files published in a Git hosting under Creative Commons license. Will it increase readership of my ...

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