How to Publish Your Own Book: Secrets From the Inside [Secure eReader]
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eBook by Stewart Ferris
eBook Category: Self Improvement/General Nonfiction
eBook Description: When you've written a book you want to see it in print. You want people to read and enjoy it. The only thing standing in your way is the publishing industry which rejects 98% of the manuscripts submitted to it. Why not skip months of collecting rejections from publishers and simply join them at their own game? Anyone can publish their own book, and the cost can be as little as zero. Stewart Ferris created the UK's first self-publishing agency in 1993 with Alastair Williams, offering authors all the services and advice they needed to convert their manuscripts into printed books and to get those books selling in the bookshops. In this easy-to-use book he explains everything you need to know to be able to publish and sell your own book, whether in printed form or on-line as an 'eBook'.
eBook Publisher: Summersdale Self Help/Summersdale Self Help
Fictionwise Release Date: July 2007
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AS AN AUTHOR you already know that it isn't easy to
persuade a publisher to splash out a considerable
chunk of money on editing, designing, printing and
marketing your book. It can take years before you
strike it lucky, and even if you finally get a contract
signed it will be a reminder of who is in charge: the
publisher. They will typically hang on to as much
as ninety per cent of the income from sales of the
book. They have to. They have to pay staff, office
bills, print bills, marketing bills and the mortgage
on their second home in France. That leaves you,
the author, coming to terms with the reality that
you won't be able to afford to give up your day job
on the royalties from one book alone. Even if you
had a dozen published books, assuming they had
average sales rather than being bestsellers, you
would have to think twice before telling your boss
where to stick it and marching confidently home
to your new working environment; your shed.
Why not turn the whole thing on its head and
put yourself in the position of publisher as well as
author? That way you'll keep that ninety per cent
as well as your author?s ten per cent. Deals don?t
get much sweeter than that, do they? But, of course,
there?s a time and a financial investment associated with publishing your own book, and with any
investment comes risk. By committing your own
cash to the project you have to be prepared for the
possibility that you will never see that money again.
It?s something that happens to all mainstream
publishers too: not every title they produce will
sell enough copies to earn back their investment.
Publishing is about gambling. Publishers have
even been referred to as ?bookies with A-levels?.
Experience in the book industry is the only tool
available to reduce that risk, and if you're lacking
in that department then it?s reasonable to say
that you'll have a better chance of making a
profit by betting two months? wages on a horse
than by publishing a book.
Self-publishing means that you, the author, pay for
and control all aspects of turning your written words
into a format suitable for dissemination amongst
the general public. The format could be a printed
and bound book or an electronic simulation of a
book, known as an eBook, which can be bought
and downloaded from the Internet.
Whichever format of book you create, you will
be starting a publishing company. Most people do
this as sole traders, with no legal formalities to worry
about when starting up. Printing isn't difficult,
either ? you just have to pay a printing firm to do it.
So why do you need this book to help you publish
What you do between finishing the writing of
your book and handing it over to a printer can be
the difference between success and failure. Success
means a profitable project that actually results in
people reading your work; failure means you end
up with a pallet of books that sits in your garage
gathering dust until you eventually decide to use
the unsold copies as firelighters. Worse still, failure
means that hardly anyone reads your book.
There?s no point in spending your life savings
on publishing a book if no one buys it. You want
people to enjoy your writing, to think of you as a
bona fide author. You want to recoup your
investment so that the exercise doesn't appear to
your friends as folly.