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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Cheapest way to self-bind a large book

I'm finishing up a 350 page book that I will self publish. I plan on printing my book at a local printing store but they charge $6 to bind each book. I'm paying my tuition with the profit of this book ...
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What can publishers do for me in a niche market?

I'm writing a book in a niche market, and it's my first one. It seems to me that the following things need to happen to publish my book: Finish the book Design cover (a friend is helping) Edit ...
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Is CreateSpace 100% free for self-publishing?

I looked all over CreateSpace, but cannot find anything to tell me if the service is 100% free to use. I wonder if there are hidden costs. I read that some people paid for a printed copy to make sure ...
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What are the effects of releasing an ebook version months before a hardcover?

I would like to know the effects of releasing the ebook and hardcover versions at the same time versus releasing an ebook version and then several months later releasing the hardcover. Does this ...
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Does spending time on Self-Publishing take away from improving my writing skills?

We all have read about the huge successes of self published authors. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jaymcgregor/2015/04/17/mark-dawson-made-750000-from-self-published-amazon-books/#611bdb2a35e3 http://...
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What's a good, wholesome, smut-free site where I can 'publish' my fiction writings for my friends to read?

I (we) just cannot seem to find one. I promised my real-life friends (located all across the country) that I'd write up our RPG campaign as I have other fictional subjects and put it online it so they ...
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What are the main steps to prepare and promote my fiction novel?

I completed a draft of a fiction book that several friends have read and enjoyed. Assuming I can raise the money on Kickstarter, what services should I employ to maximize success of the book? I plan ...
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Format for electronic download sales: letter sized pdf okay?

I would like to self-publish a book and sell it through Amazon, and also make it available in a variety of electronic formats. I recently bought a book for $35 as an electronic download from the ...
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What binding and paper should be used on a self-printed novel?

The last time I printed a book I just needed something done cheaply and quickly. The print store used very bright, glossy office paper (the same that they use for office documents) and used ...
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Where are the best places to hire good editors?

The more I research places to hire an editor, the deeper the rabbit hole goes. I see that previous responses to this question are either, "Ask friends and family for a reference" (I'll pass),or "...
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I have a CreateSpace ISBN but want to Publish a New Edition through another Publisher [closed]

I have a CreateSpace-Assigned ISBN but I want to publish a collection of my books that are currently on CreateSpace through another publisher using a different title but some of the same material?
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How to make easy and fast money selling a short book (which is available for download)?

This is my first short book, it wrote it to give social awareness. But I would also like to make some money (to avoid dying of hunger). Any suggestions?
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How to sell books without giving up rights to my manuscript [closed]

I just finished the first of a series of children's books and ready to sell. How does one sell their book without giving up all rights to it?
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How to indicate about a single short story when selling?

For Kindle Direct Publishing, the minimum price you can set is $0.99. I published a short story and wanted to price it at $0.49. This is because it is a short story of about 500 words. Its short and ...
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Where can I post my story, but keep the formatting?

My friend and I are working on a story that we want to publish and share on the internet (kind of like what FictionPress does), but we have some formatting worked into our story that we would like to ...
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Self-translating into English

I am finishing writing my first book (in Slovak, SF) and will be looking for publishers soon. I was considering self-publishing but I don't think I can do more then them in this field. Well, except ...
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Does self publishing via Amazon or similar services make your book ineligible for later acceptance by a publisher?

I have a non-fiction book that is ready for publishing, and I am weighing between whether to self-publish via modern methods made available by the internet, or go the more traditional route of ...
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Publishing short fiction stories?

I have recently written a couple of short fiction stories and I would like to get them published. My searches on the internet has left me dazzled. There are so many option and most of them are just ...
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Printing or Private Use

I want to find a Print on Demand (POD) outfit that will print my book without an ISBN, as I do not want to sell my work through any outlet, print or electronic. I just want copies to have and give to ...
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Can I use a phrase from song lyrics as the title of my book?

Are the lyrics "signed, sealed, and delivered" copyrighted? I want to use these words as part of the title of a book to be published and need to know if I can do so.
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What settings are appropriate for IngramSpark?

There are several settings I've run across, and a web search turned out why you want an ISBN from Bowker rather than one owned by someone else, and you probably want 10 ISBN's at US$295 rather than 1 ...
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How to advertise a free e-book?

I've created a free e-book in online HTML, EPUB, MOBI, and PDF formats. I've created a small site to advertise this book and an other site (currently supports forums) for the community of readers of ...
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What is required to sell books in the US and UK from another country via CreateSpace?

I have recently completed my adventure/fantasy novel. I am planning to self-publish it via CreateSpace's POD option. I am from India and want to sell my book in various countries, but could find no ...
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Not happy with format of self-published book. How to proceed?

I currently have my book published on Amazon using createspace and Lulu (google weave of the ride). However, I am not happy with the quality of the product. I don't want a glossy cover, bleached ...
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How does one go about self-publishing their first book?

I am an avid reader who loves a good story. As such, I have many book ideas swirling in my head constantly. I have one book idea that keeps coming to me. My wish is that I could write and publish ...
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Do you believe a role play can be published?

Do you think a role play can be good for publishing after some editing from the partners? Role Playing is my beloved hobby, but I am not sure what it takes to present it as decent literature.
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How to Self-Publish a Picture Book with No Gutter?

I've self-published a few things with print-on-demand services (notably Lulu). Now, my partner has written and illustrated a children's picture book, and she's run into a notable stumbling block: each ...
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how to write an essay in less wordy way [closed]

This is an essay I excerpted from a writing course material.I need to omit uncessary words which make the essay wordy and longer than they should be.. The following is the original passage. Every ...
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permission from the building owners needed to depict a drawing of it on cover of novel?

Do I need permission from the owners of a building to depict a drawing of it on the cover of my novel?
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Writting a self published book containg many glossy pictures [closed]

I am putting together a fun facts book and my computer (HP office jet 500 series) graphic designs which are mostly colorful preferably glossy. What kind of paper should I use for my regular print and ...
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Is it possible to publish a single copy of a book?

When I finish a novel, I'd like to get just one copy printed to give to my parents. Would a publisher do this? How would I get a publisher to do this? Note that I am not going through any people to ...
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Is copyright implied when you self publish?

So my understanding of copyright (which isn't much to be honest) it costs money to apply for copyright. and i can get that publishers probably do this themselves but with the internet we can self ...
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Self-publishing on Amazon

How does publishing on Amazon work? Do I retain my rights and can I later send it to a print publisher if any becomes interested, and rescind from my obligations towards Amazon?
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Do most e-book writers just self publish on Kindle to start with?

On a lot of writers forums and in articles, it seems like Kindle is the main platform most self-publishing writers use just because that one is the one that is referenced all the time. I was ...
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Is same content different titles allowed (or sensible)?

In the software world, it's easy to do A/B testing where a website introduces two versions of the same information to test which one users prefer. I'm wondering if it's possible to do something ...
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Is it common to create a registered company when you self-publish?

I am about to self publish for the first time. Is it common to create a registered company when you self publish? I like the idea of separating my book revenue from my regular revenue and having my ...
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Can you sell a book for money while having it published online for free?

I write novels, I'm not a big name publisher or anything else but I have ideas that I think should have a chance to be seen by others. Most of my work is for private use, like sharing with friends ...
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Find: Children's book illustrator

I need an illustrator for my first self-published children's book. Where do I find artists that will work on a small budget? What are the compensation options? How do I find an artist that ...
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Reasonable income expectations from fiction book sales only

I have been considering writing as a fiction novelist. However, the impression of difficulty in making a reasonable living as a fiction author is quite pervasive. So much so, that I am constantly ...
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How much does it cost to self-publish?

If I've finished my book, had it professionally edited, and am ready to self-publish my book, how much would it cost for a paperback, 300 page novel? I've already hired an editor, and I'd like paper ...
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If I have a cover for my novel, when should I let the publisher/agent know?

I've run into an issue with illustrations and cover designs. I have a member of my family who designs covers to the novels I'm writing, and a friend in Alaska that I'd like to have illustrate a ...
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Writing a scenario

I have always wanted to write a scenario for a series that could be translated into several episodes, but I didn't know where to start or how should a scenario look like. My question is: does any one ...
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Self publishing a collection of poems

I have written four poems and will keep writing more. How many should I put under one collection, and around how many pages should it be? Any ideas on how I should go about the self publication ...
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Can the author control Amazon excerpts or are they automatically generated?

Amazon books frequently feature excerpts available to readers via a "Look Inside!" feature on the Amazon site for books. Can the author of a book (or publisher) control what parts of the book are ...
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Can a self publishing author use a Pen name/Pseudonym?

I know that an author can use a Pen name/Pseudonym instead of a true name when publishing the traditional way. This is done by signing contracts with the publisher/agent using the real name ...
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How to self-publish?

I couldn't find anything to do with self-publishing. Could someone explain this to me and how I could do it? I know that I should know about this but I sadly don't.
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I like to write but I keep stopping myself

I have this problem where I always just can't seem to be satisfied by my choice of words resulting it me never getting far in writing. Almost every sentence I would think "This isn't the kind of ...
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Where can one go to get a hard cover book bound?

I wrote many stories/books in my past...but I do not have the resources to bind and glue/print pages for a book. Where may I go to do that? or Where can I get the resources to do this on my own?
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CreateSpace and Amazon Sales

I'm about to self publish my 2nd book. I promote heavily to my small niche market and often buyers find it on Amazon. If I simply use CreateSpace as my printer, a few hundred at at time, do I HAVE to ...
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How important is a story's introduction?

I would feel like an introduction would be the first impressions and knowledge someone has of a book, along with the cover, just like a good movie. However, you can just skip a book intro. I've heard ...