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“Everyone has a book inside of them – but it doesn’t do any good until you pry it out.” – Jodi Picoult
The following contains portions of material that were originally uploaded to SlideShare as part of a Writing Course Presentation given at a local area Community College as part of a Continuing Education program on How To Self-Publish, given by yours truly on 9/8/15 and developed by to encourage others to write their own book.
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Like @papa-pepper, here’s the proof!
My Mission is To Help You Achieve Your Dream of being a Self-Published Author!
The thing is, I can’t write it for you, well I could if you paid me…, but really if you haven’t written a book yet, then there is no point in trying to publish it.
So go write!
Or stick around and see what to do once you get ready to push “print” in the future.
Before We Contiune, Think About WHY You Want To Self-Publish?
Getting a better understading of why you plan on doing what you plan on doing helps to set a direction to your efforts and prevents frustration and future heartache.
Of course you probably want to make money, and that’s okay, but just realize, there are not several millionaire authors running around.
Most likely, especially if it is your first book, you might not even make a dime.
You may not even be able to give your book away for free and actually get someone to read it!
Here I have some things I want to point out to look for/ look out for!
When I decided to Self-Publish here are a few of the things I was looking for:
Print-One-Demand (POD) – This service allows you to create your book without committing to buying some ridiculous amounts of copies in advance.
In the past authors who wanted to self-publish were coerced into pre-purchasing their own book to cover the printing costs.
The publisher didn’t want to spend money on books that wouldn’t sell, so they sold them to the author and then it was up to the author to sell them off.
Leaving the writer in a hole that some never may get out of.
Instead, with Print-On-Demand, you don’t have to even buy a single copy.
They only print a paper version of your book when and if someone orders it.
Saving both parties time and money!
Please note, even if your book should be a best seller, there is a good chance your book might not even sell.
Also, I’ve read that creating a specific “niche” book does best.
Look out for:
- People who want to charge you fees for uploading things like a cover or interior, there are places you can do it yourself for free
- Don’t confuse self-publishing services as marketing services, there a predatory vanity publishing agencies who will take your money and don’t care if your book sells
- Also know this, just because you self-publish and put your book out, it ain’t gonna sell itself!
So what should you do?
The websites I came across were lightningsource.com, lulu.com and createspace.com.
I went with createspace.com, and use it during this presentation, because:
- It’s FREE
- It’s from amazon.com and so it is easier to list your books on amazon when your done
- It was recomended by James Altucher who has been an inspiration to me
From my book Conspire To Inspire:
“James brings a unique style to writing with his relatable yet fresh voice. I became inspired. I came to respect James for his open and honest presentation. He tells stories that were embarrassing to himself. He tells things in a matter of fact sort of way that does not make excuses or hide shortcomings. He writes about being gentle and kind. Not only to others but to yourself. I think these things are important and admirable. I think these things are imitable.
And need to spread.
James has an interesting background. “James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, bestselling author, and podcaster. He has founded or cofounded over 20 companies, including Reset Inc. and StockPickr and claims to have failed at 17 of them. He has published 11 books, and is a frequent contributor to publications including The Financial Times, TheStreet.com, TechCrunch, Seeking Alpha, Thought Catalog, and The Huffington Post. USA Today named his book “Choose Yourself” among the 12 Best Business Books of All Time.” Source
I’d like to continue, but our time here today is coming to a close and the length is growing much too long.
I will post a 2nd (and maybe 3rd) part soon to finish up this presentation.
If you don’t want to wait, check out the SlideShare or let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer them based off my own Self-Publishing experience!
I think this is a wonderful and interesting time to be alive.
What do you think?
The future together is bright.
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