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Publishing through many outlets

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I came across this interesting article on publishing with the various on-demand publishing sites. Don’t forget to bookmark the page since it lists some great sites to look into publishing.

The author makes a good point to spread out over many publishing outlets, but bear in mind that for Amazon ‘s KDP Select program, you may not be able to join other sites under their terms of service. You can publish elsewhere if you’re an Amazon author, but not if you are a member of the KDP select service.

Also bear in mind that you may need to re-format your manuscript for each service you choose. Some authors find that a daunting task since the mundane chore of formatting correcting can be frustrating for one, let alone multiple styles.

I would suggest looking into the various sites to see if they offer better pricing, distribution, or marketing features.

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Book Cover Design- For Free!

Book CoverDesigningBook cover design for self-published authors offers a challenge in either cost or copyright. The process can be daunting to find something original without depleting your funds.  I have a solution that some would-be authors might appreciate:

Canva.com

This online service provides so much for the author. The main feature I want to point out is being able to design a Kindle book cover that fits the required dimensions. There’s also some pre-made designs available, but also a library of free and low cost designs you can pick from. You can also upload your own graphics.

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And it is easy to use. You can see in the graphic below that to the far left, you navigate between Search, Layouts, Text, Backgrounds, and Uploads. Once selected, it shows up in the work area where you can then edit size, color, and position.

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Each feature you add, a menu pops open that lets you edit the changes. Change the text, change colors, change where the elements are positioned.

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With your free Canva account, you can also create graphics for blogs, web sites, Facebook, Twitter, Ads and more. This means you can have a consistent marketing brand for your site, book, and social media sites.

Some graphics are free, while others cost $1 each.  This way you don’t have to worry about copyright.

Graphics also save to PNG format, so you can use when you self-publish.

I really like how the dimensions are set for you, the choice of designs and graphics there, and you can use your own graphics as well.

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Self publishing and the future

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I’ve subscribed to The Creative Penn a while back and find so many articles that pertain to writing as helpful and informative. The article on self publishing, with Steve Lewis from Taleist, I found very intriguing because it discusses possible changes we’ll see in 2012 in the self publishing market.

I feel self publishing will explode on the market, threatening the traditional publishing companies if they don’t keep up with the times. We’re already seeing authors turning to Amazon Kindle publishing, such as Deepok Chopra, which means publishing companies need to amp up the stakes.

As a writer, I find a strong appeal on making more profit, keeping my copyright, and offering my writing to the world wide web, as opposed to going through the process of submission and rejection of traditional publishing.

But traditional publishing validates you as a writer, as one of my fellow writers argued. Someone of substance approves your writing is good enough to print means you’re a real writer. I don’t really agree with this.

Most authors face a number of rejections, even the best sellers. Diary of Anne Frank was rejected 16 times. Harry Potter was rejected 8 times. A Time to Kill by John Grisham was rejected a dozen times.  This means someone along the submission line rejected this best selling book as not being worthy.

I prefer the idea that readers get to decide if my writing is good enough- not a book business. And  yes, you’ll find crap in the self-publish genre, but with many sites adopting a reviewing feature lets the cream rise to the top.

What are your thoughts on self publishing? A good thing? A bad thing? Does it have a future? Will you submit to publishing companies, or do you plan on self publishing?

 

 

 

 

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Fun Friday: Self Publishing Good News

pen,stock,write-d43d056e1ad76582d96c93a950484bdb_hI read this article, Why Small EBook Presses are Thriving and How You Can Join Them, and such posts tend to make feel a bit giddy. I suppose it lends to my free spirit, which balks at traditions. I delight in the idea of people being able to put their writing, music, art, and other creative projects out there for the world to enjoy- without an industry to tell them they can’t make it.

Any writer can publish via the print-on-demand sites, as well as the numerous sites out there offering e-publishing. No editors deter you or reject your work.  This being said, it becomes all the more important to understand self-editing and to write an amazing story.

Crap will still not sell, and worse, if your writing gets bad reviews, this could potentially ruin your reputation as a writer. Great reviews, on the other hand, potentially lead to your work going viral.

Show your best- always. I encourage the writers in my writer’s group to always be mindful of their writing. This means a focus on proper grammar, punctuation, and for heaven’s sake, spell correctly. How will anyone take you seriously if you can’t master the skill of a writer?

Know how to format your manuscript. Even the print-on-demand or e-publishing sites have guidelines in which you need to follow.

Understand marketing online. Should you find yourself published through the traditional means, you still need to learn online marketing to get more sales. There’s plenty of books and web sites on the topic to self-study. 

Do you think you’ll try self publishing?

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