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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When self publishing, are you able to be artistic with the look of the printed word?

I have not yet published a book, but from reading many books over the years I have noticed that some authors will change the font, make things bold, or change the size of the words for increased ...
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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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How to self-publish for free?

I am currently writing a book that I want to self-publish, so that I can keep the rights to it to write sequels for it later on. How do I self-publish for free and make it popular?
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Is it better to self-publish or get a real publisher for a 100page humor/comedy ebook?

I plan on writing an ebook that's exactly 100 pages in length. This book will be comedy, basically my humorous take on situations. I think it's adequate as an ebook since ideally you'll read a page ...
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Getting paid from Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing while maximizing profits

I'm writing my first book now and my idea is to publish it on Amazon KDP as an ebook. Let's be real, I'm no Shakespeare, so I'm expecting modest sales. I want to maximize the profit and there are a ...
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Does using a pen name complicate a copyright registration?

I am planning to self-publish my first book under my pen name. Do I need to get copyrights for the book and my pen name before having it published on KDP? Or can I go on without this step?
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Rewriting a blog post, passing a plagiarism checker as 100% unique, do I still need to cite my source if I want to post it on my own blog?

After rewriting someone else's blog post and passing a plagiarism checker as 100% unique, do I still need to cite my source if I want to post it on my own blog?
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I am looking for statistics on the percentage children's books versus other genres in self-publishing

I have tried doing searches for this and can't seem to track down the exact numbers. The sources will list the top selling genres but that doesn't include children's books.
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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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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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Are authors who self publish respected in the writing world?

From what I have researched anybody can self-publish. So it is an easier route than traditional publishing. However, since anyone can publish, that means even poorly written novels can be published. ...
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How To Attribute Myself to Book I Publish with Pen Name?

I am working on a technical book. Planning to publish with Amazon's Createspace. Decided on a pen-name because: Real name is too long, hard to spell and pronounce for most people Given current ...
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Publishing an e-Textbook

My father is a professor at a local university, and he writes his own textbooks. He wants to start self-publishing them in an e-book format. The issue is that he wants to publish them so that the ...
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Need suggestion on promoting the book

I published my debut poetry book on Amazon. It seems like reaching wider audience means spending lots of money. I don't want to do that. So far I received the very good feedback and reviews from my ...
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Can there be multiple translated versions in the same language of a public domain book?

I was thinking about a translation of a book that is in the public domain. The author is Adam Smith. There is already a French translation of some of his works. Does this mean that I cannot publish my ...
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Using reference books for free handbook

I am considering to write a handbook on a certain subject. I will use concepts and methods used in other books to write this. So, nearly 80% content will come from other books which are bestsellers ...
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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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How far in advance should a new author allow pre-orders on Amazon?

I'm in the final stages of packaging the book and would like to start arranging pre-orders to help with the first week "bump". How far in advance should I allow the pre-order option, and is there any ...
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Will bookstores order a self-published book if customers request it?

If a book is not returnable, has a wholesaler discount of 45% and costs £10.99, does a book store sell this book if a customer comes into a store and wants to order it? In short: Is a book still ...
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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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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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How to build break-even funnels for short fiction?

There are some internet marketing courses that teach you how to create break-even funnels for the product. "Break-even" means that for every dollar you buy ads for, you get at least one dollar in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Using picture under GNU Free Document Licence as book cover

I am self-publishing my dissertation and want to use a picture of a painting, modified to fit the cover and with titles and author name on it. The painter is dead for over a hundred years and a file ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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New CreateSpace books appearing on Amazon from book resellers?

Here's the general question: How does a book published via CreateSpace end up being sold blindingly fast by other booksellers? I edited two self-help books, one targeted to small businesses and the ...
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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 ...