Is it better to self publish a book on amazon or to find a publisher? Which has a better chance of success?
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Thanks for the entertaining and informative response multiculturalsoul! I can tell you are an excellent writer and enjoy it based upon your response. I will check out your hub! Thanks again!
I can't thank you enough for your help medievalist!This will be my first book and I'm trying to determine if it's worth the effort but it sounds like finding a publisher is the best way to go if possible.I will definitely check out Absolute Write.
I published my book through Amazon and its in a couple of libraries. You are correct about the no return for bookstores but my book is available in some stores, online for B&N, Books A Million..etc I got a nice review in Publishers Weekly. It dep
Being available to order online is not the same as being available on the shelf at bookstores.
I agree being available online is not the same as being on the shelf but at the same time you see Borders is out of business and B&N announced closures. Online book purchases, Kindle, & Nook are on the rise. My book is self-help good for semi
Thanks so much for valuable information dashingscorpio. I guess the reality is that I either want the book to sell itself or for someone else to do the marketing since I lack the ability to promote my own work:) I will definitely check out your hub!
The notion that a commercial publisher expects an author to do "a lot of the marketing" is inaccurate in the extreme. This simply isn't so. Your publisher may ask you to have a Website, and let people who follow you on Twitter know your book is out.
Medievalist, It all depends on the size of the publisher and even then a "new author" is not going to get the same push as say a James Patterson or Stephen King. http://www.rachellegardner.com/2011/06/do-publishe...
Thanks for answering anuj47. Why is it better to put it on amazon?
Actually, if you're going to self-publish, it is better to publish the book in print via Amazon's CreateSpace versus the other POD options, but you want to have the ebook available everywhere. I'd use Amazon for Kindle, and SmashWords for all others
Thanks so much for your help Rod! I guess I have to find an editor first when I complete my book. I may e-mail you for the name of the publisher but not sure if people are willing to share so don't feel obligated to give me the name:)
You only need to hire an editor if you're self-publishing or vanity publishing. Commercial publishers do not charge for editing.
The people that do well with self-publishing generally write non-fiction self-help books which can also be marketed as part of seminars/workshops. Initially Chicken Soup for the Soul was self-published by Jack Canfield's company.
Medievalist, before I even think about approaching my publisher or any publisher I run my writing through an editor friend. Then the writing goes to the publisher where it is further editied. Yes, commercial publishers don't charge for editing.