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Updated on November 22, 2014
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Are you a writer who intends to publish a book? Are you a first time writer or niche writer? Have you thought about how to self publish a book? Is self publishing worth it, financially? In 2011 ebook sales officially overtook traditional book publishing. The sale of eBooks has continued to grow at a significant rate. In 2012, and 2013, books sold online and books that were self published increased in sales faster than at any point in history.

Self-published authors are establishing themselves as the successful harbingers of change. The internet has changed the rules of publishing. Anyone can now self publish a book. All they need is a computer, a word processor software package like Word, Open Office or Atlantis, and an internet connection. Or like Vincent Moore, just write the text and get Blurb to publish it for you. And you keep all the proceeds from your book. Writers are cutting out the middle men. Traditional publishers are now chasing the writers instead of writers chasing publishers. Self publishing is here to stay.

Ebook sellers are now becoming the new kids on the block in book-selling terms. Businesses like Amazon, XLibris, Lulu, and Blurb are proving it is profitable for both publishers and authors. Self-publishers are eating the traditional publishers' proverbial lunch. All the traditional publishers can do is either marinate in depression or fall in line and start self-publishing alongside their competitors. (Or go chasing the self-published writers, as most of the listed writers below have found.)

So why would a writer choose to publish a book online rather than publish traditionally? What is the difference? What can an online publisher do that traditional publishers cannot do? And how is self publishing better?

Toss and Turn - by Marifel Dungo

HubPages writer and poet Marifel Dungo, known as blaise25 here, made a name for herself as a blogger (her blog Philpad.com is in the Top 20 of the most popular blogs in her country) and as a published writer with her self-published book "Toss and Turn" , published on Lulu.com. Her book is available in Apple iBooks and Amazon as well as Barnes & Noble. It's available as both ebook and traditional print book. I have reviewed the book and it can be read here.

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As a published writer, in the old sense, we used to write what our publisher decided should be written. The publisher had total control. Publish their way or perish. But as Self published writers, we decide and have full control of our work editorially and financially. As long as we agree to take the risk into consideration, the risk of not being successful, versus being successful.

We, as the self published writer may set whatever royalty fee level we want for ourselves. Or better still, we don't get a "royalty". Who needs royalties? We can just get either 100% of the price of the book that we have mostly created ourselves, or we take the lion's share of the price paid for it.

So on Amazon, for example, a $5 ebook makes roughly $3.25 for the writer if she or he so wishes. We can also set the price ourselves, either higher or lower as a promotion or special offer. Taking a profit from your own hard won efforts is not the guilt trip some would want you to believe. If publishers say otherwise, no one is listening to them. Too many writers complain that too much is taken out of their earnings from publishers as it is.

In terms of global reach, Kindle ebooks, Apple iBooks, Lulu publications and Blurb books can reach to well in excess of 100 different countries, and in a fraction of the time taken for a print book distributed by traditional means. Self published writers have more foreign distribution deal rights since they deal with just themselves and can set prices to whatever they wish. However, it pays to learn about how international publishing rights work as this can be a challenge to less experienced writers.

As a self-published writer, you can make deals with whoever you want, and not have to argue or deal with just book or trade resellers. You are not limited by lateral deals, side deals, do-not-compete deals or arrangements with publishing cartels, etc.

Self publishers can push further outwards and make deals with non-traditional organisations, like online media companies, audio book organisations, film, TV or online video companies. or even gaming companies. One writer on our self-published list, Hugh Howey rejected a seven figure deal in favor of a smaller six-figure deal just so he could retain rights to his e-books.

It's not just fewer obstacles that draws writers to self publishing. Books can never be out of "print" or stock when they are online. Anyone can order a Kindle ebook forever, and your work will always be on sale and available. Getting books to "market" and released takes a fraction of the time taken for other books. The old excuses no longer apply.

List of Self Published Authors

Roddy Doyle - "The Commitments"
E. L. James - "Fifty Shades of Grey"
Lisa Genova - "Still Alice"
David Chilton - "The Wealthy barber"
James Redfield - "The Celestine Prophecy"
Amanda Hocking - "My Blood Approves"
K.A. Tucker - "Ten Tiny Breaths"
Barbara Freethy - "Daniel's Gift"
Michael J. Sullivan - "The Riyria Chronicles"
Hugh Howey - "Wool" Trilogy
H.M. Ward - "Damage"

Writers no longer need that clunky system or apparatus of traditional or conventional publishing houses, prompting many observers to note that the publishing game has now turned in the writers favour. It makes sense. Far better to cut out the middle-man and thanks to the internet, and online self-publishers, go directly to the audience. That way, writers pay themselves first. A few years ago, this would have been unthinkable.

Lulu, Google, Xlibris, Amazon, Createspace and Smashwords are just some of the bigger names on the internet who will help you self publish your book. Blurb is another fast growing name with a slew of successful writers to its credit. Simply put, you upload your text as a word file format (in rich text format) and select the size of book from the choices offered by the website in question, choose the size, the number of pages, the style of the book, the font, the book cover colour and photos or art work, and the blurb for the back of the book. The resulting preview you will see will show you what the finished article will look like.

When you are happy with your choices, okay everything and approve it all. The publisher will ask you for a payment or way to pay for your book, then the billing address and your writer name and details, and address to which they will send your new book. Typically, some of the best online self publishing companies will have your new book mailed to you in about 2 weeks. This is for print books. This will be the moment you have in your hand for the first time - your finished actual printed book. A proud moment for every writer.

The good publishers will offer to sell your book online and offline - such as in high street stores like Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Tesco, WH Smith (Uk) and others. They will also sell your book or books via Amazon, the worlds top Online Book seller. But the beauty is that you control how much or how far you want to go.

Okay, traditional publishers are doing a fine job for the most part. Christmas 2013 saw an upsurge in book sales. Ebooks however, still dominate print book sales. 2014 will be a year of reckoning. The traditional book publishing process is still slow, but it is improving. It was not helped by the spat between Amazon and publisher Hatchett. All those books you see in book stores the world over are there - mostly thanks to traditional publishers, and they don’t intend to just up and disappear. After all, their role is to herd your manuscript through the production process at minimal time and cost, get the book bound and printed, and send it through the usual distribution channels.

So if you are lucky, the marketing department might generate a press release and ship out a few review copies, and gain you that all-important review and so good referrals and thus sales. And then it comes to money and who gets what. Aah yes, that would be the royalty schedule.

For most writers, that's where conventional publishing gets stuck, and money becomes the big factor in everything. When you see how much others get paid and how little you get paid in the end, self publishing becomes an even bigger ambition and we value our writing differently.

Do you want to pay yourself less just to avoid the hassle of doing the publishing yourself, or do you want to risk getting paid more if you take on more of the duties as a self published writer?

Traditional publishers have Brand, and writers have brand, which is supposed to be good, right? Brand is a very big deal in writing and getting published. A name is everything. The publishing world still deals with intangibles like prestige and reputation. That vast market is crammed with titles all screaming like newborns for the milk of everyone’s attention.

But do you ever wince with pain and frustration when you see someone with little or no literary skill or writing / storytelling ability publish another book about their so-called life as a social butterfly and celebrate their own mediocrity to an ever waiting media? Do you wonder why the constant fawning seems to result in so much buzz, just to discover it was rubbish - and you could have written better yourself?

so Publishing imprints remain an important shortcut for reviewers, purchasing agents and readers as they try to determine what's worth their limited time and attention.

I can give 4 reasons why, as a new writer - you have nothing to lose by self-publishing...

Self Publishing and Social Media

Authors who self publish increasingly turn to the Social Media platforms to promote their books. Besides giving out free editions or special offers, they promote them via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn or some other popular media platform. There is even software such as Hootsuite or Tweetdeck that can let you use some of these at the same time.

Having a Facebook account, a LinkedIn, a Pinterest and Twitter account lets a book promo go a long way. And having your own blog where you may even sell your own book is another way to promote that self-published book.

1. You are an established author with a following. A-List writers like James Patterson, John Grisham and J.K. Rowling are known brands. And then there are writers like Stephen King - who have demonstrated the viability of digital self-publishing. Remember the books he sold successfully online? Selling chapter at a time and then offering the book to readers if they liked the book. And then electronic books, or eBooks as they are now called. But your audience doesn't have to be mass-market. If you know there are reviewers who know your name and thousands of readers waiting to buy your book, then the economics of digital publishing can suddenly make perfect sense. There is also the Facebook and Twitter factor. If you can get hundreds or thousands of fans or followers on social media platforms like these, then it can be as good as having good reviews. Nothing works like person to person recommendation. Nothing works faster than tweets. Even Charlie Sheen knows that.

2. You are a completely unknown writer with little to lose, so go for it. Well, the internet is a great leveler. The entry costs are low to minimal - so why not? What is stopping you? Reputation? Brand? Publish for free on a place like Hub Pages and gather opinions on your work, get people’s views on your work, take advice and listen to what is said. Nothing interests a traditional publisher or agent more than saying "my self-published book got 50,000 downloads." Or something like “...100,000 people are following my writing on the internet.” (You could always plan to find a publisher at a later stage if you wished...)

3. You are writing in a genre that's got a ready-made audience. Fan-based communities for genres like science fiction, mysteries, romance novels, military adventure, poetry etc. are meritocracies that recognize good content, whether it's got the publisher's stamp of approval or not. This is the 21st century, people. So are you feeling righteous now?

Some simple numbers about publishing

A $10 book that sells 100 copies a month is small pickings, and will net you $1,000 (minus the percentage the publisher gets for the publishing – printing cost of each book). So what if you got $7 per book normally – that is $700 for 100 books, but stay with the gross income for a moment. Now what if 200 people sold your books per month and each sold 50 books for you. That would move 10,000 books. If they got a 20% commission on each book, it would still be far better than just selling it yourself, and the profits would be enormous. That would be $80,000 after commission paid out. And that is per month. Now multiply for 12 months, and suddenly your desire to pay a traditional publisher is becoming a distant memory.

4. You have alternative distribution channels. The biggest advantage that a publisher provides is getting your book in stores. But what if you don't need stores? If you sell most of your titles at trade events and through your website, an e-book with a print-on-demand option (Like with Lulu.com) provides the same service and lets you keep more of the revenue. And what if you become the seller yourself with the free assistance of blogs that have shopping carts with ability to accept payment in Google Check out or PayPal format? There are others too. A writer or seller can just as easily now put their book or books on sale on Facebook, with free to use systems like “Ecwid”. (Links to a Hub on how to sell goods on Facebook, including the Ecwid system.)

Or sell the book on a dedicated website, or eCommerce site or through an affiliate system. The Affiliate system is a huge area, as there is a queue of people looking to sell your book for you if you give them a percentage of the profits. They would become affiliates to you and be almost like paid sales staff in a sense.

Amazon Self Publishing: Don't Sign A Publishing Deal Until You Have Watched This!

There is the argument that all books need editors and typesetters, copy editors and PR people. There are many people in the bureaucracy of a publishing establishment who can add value to your book. And many best-selling writers seem to back that up, which is why they stay with their mainstream publishers.

But some writers have found themselves like those boxers who have been in many battles only to find their management favor newer younger blood as older blood slows down or falls by the wayside after too many "losses". Publishers will back the ones they feel are less risky, more certain to be successful. They take the easy or "safe" option. It can be argued that no one will fight your corner better than you or whoever believes in you. Or sell or promote you better than you. And who can do that?

Traditional publishers have "budgets" beyond which they will simply not go. The amount of money they have is divided amongst all the writers in their books. So it lessens what is available, as more and more writers drop those publishers for self publishing. A smaller pool of writers generates a smaller income for the firm, and so less money to put into budgets.

Where do publishers get their revenue from anyway? Selling books! If a publisher claims he can increase a book's longevity or writer's persona in the limelight better than you can, then you could offset that and get PR people to help promote you and your book.

Lulu.com is showing writers how a book can burst into existence in two weeks as opposed to a 9 - 12 months cycle, using the traditional route. Now, services like CreateSpace lowers the entry costs for self-publishing more again. They are moving to replace the few value-adds that publishers still offer, such as editorial and marketing support. (You still have to fill that void and edit and promote yourself, except the web offers so much for the budding writer.) These online services are wearing away the traditional stigma of the "vanity press" and providing you the writer with a broader, more profitable platform. You don't need the superstructure and processes of a publisher.

I have included a video below from Author Robert Plank who shows how to self publish on Amazon CreateSpace. The video lasts approximately 40 minutes. It includes cover design, uploading the manuscript in MS Word form, ISBN numbers and publishing and payment. Enjoy! Now embrace the change - and get self-published.

Updated September 2014.
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    Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

    I've just published a couple of ebooks with Smashwords, so I'm familiar with how they work, but it's useful to know how other organisations (like Lulu and CreateSpace) approach the same process. Interesting Hub and some great advice.

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    Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

    Great ideas and valuable information. Having to wait a year to find out if your book is even being considered is more than scary for a new author. Self publishing is more and more appealing.

    Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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    Cassandra Mantis 2 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hey jlpark, thanks for the comments! This hub like all my good hubs is updated regularly and the Amazon books on offer are all current, as is the information.

    Yeah, I got that whole same problem. The net is a major distraction and hubs are great to read. Try allocating and managing your time towards writing, and get a certain number of words or pages done every day. That's how I do it.

    Cheers!

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    Jacqui 3 years ago from New Zealand

    Awesome hub! Thanks for the information, and continuously updating with new things you've thought of. I shall put them into practice.

    Now to actually finish that novel....(should really get off the Internet and write...but Hubpages is interesting!)

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    Cassandra Mantis 3 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hy agaglia - I recently updated this hub and now I am showcasing some successful writers who are good friends of mine here... Vincent and Colin. Both self-published and both book authors.

    Constant promotion is a stark reality of promoting anything you create. It can be tough like trying to get a boulder moving sometimes. Think of it less of a book and more like a watch, bike, food or TV or a smartphone. Even a movie... How would you promote them? Of course you still have a perfectly good book. But when you apply different kinds of promotion, you find newer more interesting successful ways of selling it. You are following your dream. That's the way to go. I wish you luck and success!

    Don't forget Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google Plus and other social media platforms. Goodreads and Read Mill. They are very useful. Network with writers on LinkedIn. Join Groups. be in any place where people are talking about books and wanting books or excerpts of books that could help promote your work.

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    agaglia 3 years ago

    this was an interesting hub on self-publishing. I published a children's book through Createspace and it is doing fairly well. I need to continually promote it, which takes time. My second book will be published this spring. I'm hoping to learn more about the process that publishers go through as this unfolds. Great hub - thanks for the info.

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    Cassandra Mantis 4 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Aloha Rena! Cheers for that! I'm glad you found it useful! Self-publishing is the coming thing of the modern age! You have a grand day too, Romancer!

    Cassy!

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    ROMANCER OF LIFE 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

    Thank you Cheeky girl! Definitely useful information.

    Have a blessed day!

    ~ Romancer~

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    Cassandra Mantis 4 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Thanks DDE for the comments! I believe self publishing is the future of books for writers who for too long have been making buttons for all the books they sell for publishers ie - other people.

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    Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    I have been writing for many years and have several kindle publications on Amazon.com I feel self-publishing the way to go thanks for refreshing my memories on self-publishing companies and ideas.

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    Cassandra Mantis 4 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Cheers Christy! Yes there is plenty of information around on getting yourself published - thanks for that! Appreciate the tweet too! Write that book! What have you got to lose!

    Hey starstream, glad you like hub! We need to support writers! Hub Pages is chock full of writers! Cheers!

    Hey Anil and Honey - you write short stories and the language is Malaysian... So can you write that book? Answer is yes! Where do I start here! Have you considered CreateSpace? Have you considered Lulu.com? All these are viable book publishers. You could also aim for an ebook on Amazon Kindle.

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    Anil 4 years ago from Kerala

    Dear writer, I am a short story writer, I wish to publish a book, but it's cost is my problem not only that my real language is malayalam can i publish an e-book in malayalam language. can you say? In first time I wish publish a 30 page book How much will it's cost?.

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    Dreamer at heart 4 years ago from Northern California

    I enjoyed your article. It is a great source for writers giving helpful tips on self- publishing.

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    Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I keep going back and forth on the notion of writing a book. Your hub gives me more information and I just may give it a go! Thanks. Sharing here and on Twitter as well :)

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    Cassandra Mantis 4 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hy icmn91, I read your hub with interest and thanks for the comments! Cheers!

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    icmn91 4 years ago from Australia

    I have always preferred reading online. I will be writing about my life with ASD and gluten intolerance shortly and will keep your notes on hand. Always good to keep up with the current times. ;)

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    Cassandra Mantis 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Thanks StegToDiffer, self-publishing is the coming thing now for any aspiring writers who wish to become published. Luckily there is a wide variety of ways to become self-published. The internet is a great leveller.

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    Spunk Nellie 5 years ago from New York, NY

    Nice job, Cheeky Girl. One of the more useful Hubs I've ever read. I like your use of bold print to keep the reader's attention, that's a good technique. It's great that you're empowering people to earn with their writing in intelligent ways.

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    Cassandra Mantis 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hey Angela! The self-publishing route is very well worth it! Glad you read the hub! Cheers!

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    Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

    I have always wondered about this! Great hub Thank you!

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    Cassandra Mantis 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hey Angel! Are you thinking of getting published? This hub will come in handy if you are...

    Lots of people are getting published. Including yours truly! LOL!

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    Angelme566 5 years ago

    How to do it..Cheeky ? Nice to know this things just am poor in technology language..

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    Cassandra Mantis 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Welcome, Mhatter99!

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    Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

    thank you

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    Cassandra Mantis 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hey girishpuri: thanks for checking this out! Glad you found it useful! Enjoy! And good luck if you are writing and getting published!

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    Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

    That is very useful and valuable article, i was looking for, many thanks, keep sharing

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    Cassandra Mantis 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hy Miranda! Thanks for this! And yes, I have heard of this book! I use the Writers Yearly Handbook and Yearbook too! I have read them both almost cover to cover! I have a novel that I am just finishing and I found having these books invaluable! :)

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    LuvableSweetheart 5 years ago

    I also highly recommend for you to out the Writer's Market book on your article here. It's very helpful as I have been using it a lot.

    http://www.amazon.com/2012-Writers-Market-Robert-B...

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    Cassandra Mantis 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Cheers! As I am about to publish a novel of my very own, it helps to do plenty of research before publishing. Any writer can do this if they put their mind to it! What have they got to lose?

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    toknowinfo 5 years ago

    Great info. You have done a great job of putting this useful information together. Rated up and interesting.

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    Cassandra Mantis 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Cheers Billy! There's always a way to promote a book! I'm going to be knee-deep in promoting my own book soon as well! Best of luck with the book! Let me know the title, okay? I will check your profile page to see if it's there, and hey, if it isn't, then why not add a link to where it is on sale... every link and promo helps!

    Hubs are known for having great audiences and "Link Juice". Hubs are seen and read by many folks in search of great content. Make use of this! Cheers!

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Great ideas Cheeky; a few I have done and the rest I will get to in the next month or so...thanks for the suggestions.

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    Cassandra Mantis 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hey Billybuc, thanks for this! Wow, congrats on the book getting published! I wonder did you advertise the book, and maybe ask someone to do a write up review of it, or submit it anywhere? But hey, if yo are happy then so be it! Plug it on Facebook and Twitter and on perhaps some book groups on the web, see if you can get a few more sales? Just a wee thought!

    Lulu books are now available on iTunes, again, I would recommend promoting it on friends websites or blogs or any of your own (if you have any). The main thing is you tried, and that is what counts! Wonder what you'd do if you sold all your local printed book stock? Now there's a thought!

    Best wishes to you. I admire your go-get-it attitude! Cheers!

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Good hub....informative and easy to understand...I self-published using a local printer...cost $6.95 per book for 250 pages...minimum 100 copies....I've sold thirty and I'm so damn happy I did it because now I don't have regrets about it. The goal was to see my writing in print and I accomplished that goal. I also published through Lulu with an ebook....limited success....oh well! Nobody ever said I would become the next Harper Lee.

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    Cassandra Mantis 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hy Robie2! Lulu are great! Anything is great that isn't following doggedly the old way of getting published. It's a whole new ballgame now. Writers are doing it for themselves! I hope you get published and make good income on your writings! Cheers!

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    Roberta Kyle 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

    Thanks so much for the information in this hub-- I am on my way over to Lulu to check it out. Like everything else, the internet has leveled the playing field book publishing and here we are in a wonderful new world for both writers and readers. Great hub-- vote up and useful

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    Cassandra Mantis 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Cheers, Maren! Glad you read the Hub!

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    Maren Elizabeth Morgan 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Liked your phrase; "the milk of attention."

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    Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

    Well gosh (blush) thank you, dear!

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    Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

    Hi, Cheeky Girl - reading this has gotten me to thinking. My novel sits wasting away, have not got around to shopping it out. But if nothing happens, this seems like a great way to go. Self publishing is no longer what it once was. The world of reading and writing has changed a lot in the last few years!

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    gguy 5 years ago from new jersey usa

    Hey sweetie, I am back from outerspace!!! I am gonna work on my fireplace book this winter!! I will be looking for advice!!

    Time for you to put the Kris Kringle hat back on!!!

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    kevins blog52 5 years ago from southern Indiana

    Cheeky, first I think you handled your self with your reviles very well. You also got a lot of comments. You have given me a special gift a dream come true, im going to try to publish a book, I cant think you enough. You are very wise, and kind. Thank you Cheeky and may God bless you

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    nenytridiana 5 years ago from Probolinggo - Jawa Timur - Indonesia

    I have a dream to publish my own book! I think I will take this chance after I have something to write and fix my english! Thank you cheeky girl, very good like always.

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    september girl 5 years ago

    Wow!! Thank you for your helpful hub. I have been in a dilemma as to how to get started for my book/s to be published of my poems and a story I wrote for my friend. Thank you so much for the help. I have definitly marked this one up and awesome, as well as bookmarked it for reference. : )

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    Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

    well done and well said, it's all true the more your publish the better you get, and the better you get the more the following and hopefully a bit of cash on teh side!

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    Sherri 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

    This is one of the most affirming articles I've ever read on the topic of self-publishing. Your words are great motivators for anyone who's sitting on the fence trying to decide yes or no. You make a strong case for having nothing to lose. Up and useful!

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Just to add that some spam had to be removed here. Otherwise, thanks everyone for these comments so far! It seems self-publishing is quite popular! Cheers! :)

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hey pretty! LOL! Can I call you that? Thanks for checking out my self-publishing hub! Hope you enjoyed it! Cheers!

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    Mary 6 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

    Great hub.

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    I agree! EBook stores are always interesting to everyone! I am thinking of setting up one myself! One more thing on a long list of things I want to do! All you need is a domain! And I got three already! Sheesh! LOL!

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    bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

    I, for one, would be interested in hearing more about Jenny's e-book store...

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hey Jenny, thanks for the comment! You have an ebook store? Really! I will have to check this out! EBooks are cool! I love'em! My local stores are practically giving paperbacks away now as they are struggling due to ebook sales taking away their income! Feel free to recommend the hub. I am an avid eBook advocate. And thank you for checking this out! Cheers!

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    Jenny Calender 6 years ago

    Great tips! We have an ebook store, so these will be great for writers who ask for advice.

    Thanks!

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hello Rasramermaid, what an interesting name you have. Glad you found this awesome. Wow, I am glad you are finding this useful. I wish you luck in your publishing endeavors. Thanks for the vote up too! :D

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    Rastamermaid 6 years ago from Universe

    Awesome info!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Alot of food for thought!

    Voted up!

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hello stars439, many thanks for the comments! I am glad you find this helpful and informative. Blessings to you too, my friend. Have an excellent day.

    Hy Plarson: Pauk, I understand about the confidence thing. We never know we can write till we show our efforts to others, and they get to give us feedback. Hub Pages helped give me the confidence to write more, and I have never looked back. The collaboration thing is good. In fact that is a great idea. Don't give up on your dream of being a published writer. We can all become writers with a book published. I know poets and other authors in Hubs who have done this already. Cheers, Paul.

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    Plarson 6 years ago from Alabama

    Cheek- Ty for the boost of confidence to self publish. I been thinking of possibly finding a fellow writer and looking into a collaboration of either poems, or short stories. Will keep that a little closer to the front of mind for sure now. -Paul

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    stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

    Very helpful, and informative hub. God Bless You Precious Heart.

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hello Eaglekiwi, you are perfectly okay - getting published no longer has to be the strict market arranged and set out the way publishers want it...now anyone can come along and get published. And it is easy to do! To be a writer and see oneself in print and published is a big dream come true. And the writers who have passion will succeed. I hope you follow your dream, and yes, I hope you feel encouraged to following your dreams. Thanks for the comments. Cheers! xo

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    Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania

    Wow!!

    To my shame I have never read this before Cheeky Girl.

    I found your hub so inspiring and dripping with delightful morsels of encouragement.

    My passion for writing has been revived.

    Thankyou xo

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hy 7hands, we all want a passive income from our web content, whatever it happens to be. Publishing our own content is a new and very cool innovation thanks to the internet. Cheers! Thanks for the comments.

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    7hands 6 years ago from Australia

    this is an interesting hub, i would love to be able to set up passive income streams through by publishing my own content..Thanks

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hy Katie! I am so glad you liked the hub! I loved your hub on ebook publishing too! Actually I just tweeted this linka few minutes ago, it's a Seth Godin Interview on the future of ebook pubilishing. If you are a Hub Page writer and love the way we can all publish instantly here, and are interested in eBooks too, check the link out. It has a link to a radio interview with Seth, and he says some astounding things. Cheers!

    http://bit.ly/kxXLye

    Have a great weekend, Katie!

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    katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

    Great information, I've learned a thing or two here from your self publishing. Thanks for the great resource, admittedly I will be reading this again when I have more time. I will no doubt learn more the next read on ebook publishing. :) Katie

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Gary, Happy Easter to you too. Giant Easter Bunny! Hehehe! That is so funny! Yup, technology is changing every minute it seems! Speaking of which, now Friendster is going to delete contents of members by end of May this year. Ouch! And Google are getting into games in a big way! And 39% of Android smartphone users use their phone in the er...bathroom! Oh, and Google Earth has been downloaded 700 million times!

    Gee, I love high tech! LOL! P.s, I still got a bit of chocolate from my Easter egg left! :)

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    gguy 6 years ago from new jersey usa

    Cassy, Happy Easter, and glad to hear you are OK, had a dream you got eaten alive by a giant Easter Bunny, HAHAHA just kidding!

    Seriously, though, I see changing technology in so many areas and people need to stay in tune evev though it's not always easy, in order to prosper in the future!!

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Gary, that is a good point, as many folks out there are finding things difficult, and for the aspiring writer, now is as god a time as any to get self-published. Retail in books is certainly down as sales of eBooks has overtaken sales of paperback books now. There are alternatives for writers by getting published online. The retailers can always get into on-line publishing as it is profitable, and the internet opens up lots of possibilities. Cheers!

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    gguy 6 years ago from new jersey usa

    Thanks, Cassy, I just want to say one more thing, so many people I know are so depressed with the current state of the job market, and so many small retailers are having a lot of problems. People really need to think outside the box and find new ways of doing things, and this is a great way to start!!

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Thanks Gary, I hope it works out for you. I'm glad you are getting some ideas on this. Heh! Maybe I should start a consultancy thing in Hub Pages or something!. Naah! I'm kidding. Heh!

    @bbnix: Will, you ask a similar question, where can you get a colour book published? Really any Printer than can print in colour for you would be able to do it. Obviously one that prints books. And when it comes to online publishers, there are many.

    The thing about colour printing is this, if you print a run of books, and they are finished, sometimes going back and printing more does result in small changes in colours and hues, as the exact tones might not be possible or uniform. Better to decide ahead of everything just how many you need. The bad thing about conventional publishing is that there is always too many left over at the end, of it all. And so it leaves lots of stuff gathering on shelves or pallets or in boxes in storage.

    Print on Demand or "Just in Time" print runs are different, they print only what is needed, and when fresh orders come in, the work is reprinted. This is the area of specialist "short run" printers or Digital Print Presses, who both cater tho this. (Well in Galleries in the UK that has been the case anyway.) There may well be some new technologies that may have transpired - which can also do the job. The trick is to work out how many you need to sustain you for the whole "order" or lifetime of the "product" that you think will happen. Nobody knows that better than you.

    Maybe the best thing to do is talk to a person who is a Printer and who specialises in Short Limited Print Runs, and see what they say. But they will have a solution that suits you.

    You could opt for a Digital Printer on the net, and I hear good things about Lulu as their photo colour books look great. But there are others too, and you need to compare who offers the best value, and service. I hope that helps you somehow.

    @ Gguy (Gary) I got your point, and many thanks for this. Self publishers sure are getting popular round here!

    @ celebritie: You should aim to get your book published , and I encourage you to do this. We all have at least one book or great story in us all, and it would be great to read that story. And some of us have many great stories to tell. Where conventional publishers are reluctant to help, the Self-publish route can be a viable alternative to us. Thanks for the great comments, folks! You all help to make the hub great. Cheers! :)

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    celebritie 6 years ago

    I would love to publish my own book someday, it would be great.

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    gguy 6 years ago from new jersey usa

    bbnix, and cassy, that is exactly my point about the color photos!!

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    bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

    Hey Cassy. gguy's question and your comment got me thinking.

    In terms of e-books, is there a place for full color publication? I mean I haven't really thought about it, but would a full color illustrated book have as much impact as an e-book. For me, since I want to combine my art and my writing, it would be much simpler to provide e-books.

    I suppose things are working in my favor each day, so I'll continue to pay attention.

    And if you don't mind, as it is kind of a self-publishing question, I'm trying to incorporate some poetry into my sculpture, but to me, words inscribed in bronze or whatever material I use are kind of hard to read.

    Have you ever seen something that works in that regard? I'm thinking maybe a black lettering transfer on a white ceramic background plaque of some sort - something melded, rather than simply nailed or bolted to my pieces.

    Anyway, I think your very special and incredibly intuitive, Cassy, and I appreciate any opinion you may have. Thanks...

    Oh, and good luck to gguy and all our other publishing hopefuls...

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    gguy 6 years ago from new jersey usa

    Hey, thanks, I'll look into it!!

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Gary, just be yourself! LOL! Now that self-publishing idea has merit. Since the book might have many photos, it would be perhaps more expensive to publish. As to the cost, you'd have to shop around and get estimates from publishers. Xlibris, Lulu, Matador (UK), try a few of them and get prices. So much for Print on Demand. As to ebook, would you consider that? An illustrated Photo book? Sent out in a mailing list?

    Could you not do a deal with another business that does perhaps something like interior designs or decorations, and furnishings, and the book could have your fireplaces and their luxurious interiors...just a wee cheeky suggestion, Gary! Cheers!

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    gguy 6 years ago from new jersey usa

    Cassy, I am going to try something new with you and be serious, I was thinking of writing a book on fireplaces, but the problem I see with self-publishing online for that would be the photos. I wonder if anybody is doing P.O.D. books.

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Thanks V Kumar, the future does belong to self-publishing, and roll on the day when it is universally accepted. Cheers!

    Hy htodd, thanks for the comments! :)

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    htodd 6 years ago from United States

    Thanks ,Great Hub on Self publish

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    V Kumar 6 years ago

    I agree with you. Future is going to belong to self-publishing.

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    No Gary, I'm not offended. Well that is nice to know you like me. At least you are honest! Wel the feeling is mutual. And yes you are a teaser! LOL! But I handle most things well enough. My day is grand. I hope you are enjoying anything like the early pangs of summer we are getting here! Everyone in shirts and shorts today. Too good for staying indoors. Cheers Gary! :)

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    gguy 6 years ago from new jersey usa

    Cassy, Thanks for your in depth analysis, but there is a much simplier explanation for my comments, I just like you and have fun teasing you. Hope I did not offend!!! Hope your day is going well!!!

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Gary, you never cease to amaze me! LOL! Why are you putting me on a pedestal? Heh! You are so flattering! Well on Hub Pages, there are women better than me for starters, you need to read waaaaay more hubs. I don't want to be beamed anywhere, unless it's an actual "Beamer", (slang around here for BMW! Joke!)

    Gary, are you jealous of moi lil' bit of popularity here? Heh! Stop being so insecure. I can't speak for all Alpha Females, as I haven't met them all. But I put your comment about how men are treated more so - down to possible personal experience you have had with some women. I welcome being corrected if wrong. Please don't pre-judge me. Maybe you just need to have more confidence in yourself.

    I say this for a reason - your comments about mice and rats is indicative of some causality towards small ground-dwelling creatures - well, your photo is a lizard after all! LOL! Maybe it is you who puts males there, moi friend!

    So now that I have plucked that chicken, *chuckles* you will excuse moi as I head to my beddy byes! Tis late here for this Cheeky Girl! Night night, Gary! ;)

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    gguy 6 years ago from new jersey usa

    Cassy, I have good news and bad news for you.

    First the good,in our testing you scored the highest ever, virtually a perfect example of the human Alpha Female, which our studies show is at the top of the food chain on earth.

    Now the bad, since you are ssoooo popular on earth and we want to remain on good terms with the earthlings,we cannot beam you back to Alpha-Centuri sorry.

    One question though, why do Alpha Females consider human males between mice and rats in the food chain? It would be considered strange on our planet. Thank You, YRAG (Gary in your language)

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hello Jed, thanks for the comment! I see you are a self publishing fan too! :)

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    Jed Fisher 6 years ago from Oklahoma

    Self publish? Hell yeah!

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hy Will: gosh, this is a big comment! I salute your intention to write and illustrate and be creative and instructional. For you, getting self-published would be great! It's great to have an important message to give to everyone and a medium to publish in, be it Hub Pages, or the published written printed word or the internet or otherwise.

    It sounds like you are on a mission of importance. Honestly, I think the Internet in that case will be your friend, as it is a great leveler and allows the free dissemination of information world wide. And as to the paths of communications that might not exist yet, maybe that inventive mind of yours will help to create some new "paths" for the rest of us.

    The world is a precious and beautiful place, I agree. Never be afraid of following your dreams, even if they are a wee bit convoluted, Will. Having s dream is better than having no dream at all. Cheers!

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    bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

    Who but Cassy would write another for my all-important references.

    My goals are, however, by intent, quite convoluted and chaotic.

    Now that's not to say, I ask for chaos, because I did once, and someone or something up above (or below?) nearly drowned me in it, but I've taken a page from our corporate "educators" and plan to not only write, but to illustrate, propagate, overrate, and pontificate a thousand different ways, to make my point.

    I write plays, build exhibits, design machines of the highest drama, let alone function, sculpt and animate my characters to nine feet tall, and endeavor to use all that to tell a simple story of love, love of my wife and son, most poignantly, but also my friends, who are 99% here as hub writers, but, in the end, my love of the six billion and twenty billion souls that are and yet to come, not to mention our incredible wild inhabitants....(even if the vast majority could give a rat's ass about me...)

    What I mean is, is that the paths of communication, at those levels, don't even exist yet, so to say that any one paradigm is superior to another really misses the point.

    All paths must be studied, for the future will most assuredly be a bastardization of that collective, and in the end, not only will we need to redefine that ultimate conversation, but redefine how we solve the incalculable challenges of a precious blue planet, its magnificent animal and plant inhabitants, and the destructive weight of billions of inherently special humans...

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Oh, you don't have enough cheeky girls? LOL! Or is it something else? *wink*

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    gguy 6 years ago from new jersey usa

    Cassy, better watch out, you may be one of the specimens we are looking for!!! LOL

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hy Neil!. Oh I am so glad your score is back up! I am on the way. :) Cheers!

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Okay Gary. I got all that. Keep taking the tablets. LOL! I am kidding, really. Excuse my cheeky humor. But it's a funny story. Oooh, evaluating several humans to bring somewhere... I was going to ask how a lizard can drive a 4-wheel drive spaceship, but I won't try to catch you out with any trick questions, as you never mentioned having a 4-wheel drive vehicle... ROFL!!!

    Think it's me who needs the damn tablets not you... LOL!

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    Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

    Cassy - this hub (and the author) are worth a second read. Keep up the great writing. Your fan and friend with a hug.

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    gguy 6 years ago from new jersey usa

    Cassy, here is the real story, when I first came to this planet to study humans, I took on the foerm of a human. However the people around me noticed that I was a bit different and I was worried that I might be found out. So I decided to morph into a lizard, since other lizards are less particular than humans, the don't notice me. I spend most of my time in tropical and sub tropical resort areas of the U.S., Mexico, and Belize studying the strange behaviors of humans. I am also evaluating several humans to possibly beam back to my planet. Sorry, thats all I can tell you for now!!

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Great advice there, Gary. Doctor Gary on the job. LOL. Writing is fun, even trying to imagine a lizard writing with a pen. Only in a cartoon! Heh! :D

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    gguy 6 years ago from new jersey usa

    Susie, remember most creative projects of all kinds start with rough concepts, and get polished from there. Don't get bogged down trying to make it perfect at first.

    Cassy, I use special voice recognition software that translates lizard to english, then types it out. LOL

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hy Gary, why you are just a lizard...how are you able to reach the keys on the keyboard? LOL!

    Hello SUSIE405, hey if you have a story inside you, then put it down on paper or pc. Just write it out. That's what I did. Then get opinions on it the same way we all do with hubs. Do it bit by bit. I just finished a book recently, and I am editing it at the moment. You can do it. Start at the start of the story...pick a high point, a moment that is attention-getting.

    Gary, read the above if you like. Yes, the puppies are cute. :)

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    gguy 6 years ago from new jersey usa

    Susie, cute puppies, Cassy, so what is your wise and wonderful advice here??

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    SUSIE405 6 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

    I have always wanted to write a book and everyone I talk to tells me I should, but I just can't seem to get started.

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    gguy 6 years ago from new jersey usa

    I'm sure I could sneak in, as you can see from my photos, I am only about 9 inches tall!!!lol

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Gary, I wouldn't put it past you to sneak in and get photos of the couple just as they are in mid flow. Hey, you could make a bundle for Hello magazine getting behind the scenes photos. LOL!

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    gguy 6 years ago from new jersey usa

    If you are nice maybe I'll take you also!!!! LOL