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bendavis

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Self published authors?
« on: March 18, 2017, 04:11:18 AM »
Hi, I recently published my own book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XJ86PTR/ and I will probably go down this path in the next years, and publish 1/2 books every year, depending on my availability. However, I struggled to find good material on self-publishing, especially pertaining to legal issues. I ended up hosting a guest post from a renowned lawyer, but I feel that nothing is better than personal experience.

Has anyone here published a book? What was the experience? Please share!

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Re: Self published authors?
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2017, 08:20:00 AM »
Hi, I recently published my own book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XJ86PTR/ and I will probably go down this path in the next years, and publish 1/2 books every year, depending on my availability. However, I struggled to find good material on self-publishing, especially pertaining to legal issues. I ended up hosting a guest post from a renowned lawyer, but I feel that nothing is better than personal experience.

Has anyone here published a book? What was the experience? Please share!

I have both written a bunch of books for other people and self-published a bunch of books. (If you want to see the paper books I've published, go to amazon and enter the author as "Stephen L. Nelson"...) In English, those books have sold something more than 5,000,000 copies.

I have also self-published a bunch of stuff. If you want to see some of that stuff, click on the link to my blog in my sig and then scroll down the page looking at the ads along the right edge.

Here are my comments about self-publishing books:

1. Self-publishing into the traditional trade book channel (where you're hoping to get into Barnes & Noble, etc) seems really problematic. Surely, some self-publishers are making this work. But I doubt I could at this point. (I did it once and was reasonably successful. If you happen to have a subscription to the online version of the Wall Street Journal, you can probably find the little story they did about that venture by searching on "Redmond Technology Press.")

2. e-book publishing through amazon.com apparently works for some people. I've taken a couple of cracks at this--including a serious, targeted one a year or so ago. (I published and heavily promoted a book called the "Thirteen Word Retirement Plan.") Writing and publishing a book is always a bit of a lottery... but I think something like kindle direct is hard to make work. Certainly that's been my experience. (Possible exception: You're publishing a series of books, give away the first book for free, and then "hook" readers.)

3. Selling ebooks from your own blog or website--or things that look like ebooks but maybe should be called monographs or informational products--seem far more workable. You can do really well with this approach. And one giant advantage of this approach is you begin to build your customers list rather than for example building up amazon.com's customer list.

4. Blogging--so where you give away your content for free but then sell advertising to businesses who want to reach your audience--seems a more workable path these days to me. (To see someone who's really figured this out, visit Jim Dahle's blog, whitecoatinvestor.com, and search for his annual "state of the blog" post. He shares all the financial details.)


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Re: Self published authors?
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2017, 09:04:41 AM »
Not to hijack the thread, but I think this is relevant: I've been reviewing for five years for an international journal that reviews historical fiction. We have just started reviewing indie books, and I've also read several that were published independently but not for the journal. (I'm being vague on purpose here--just want to comment in a very general way.) Please, please, please get your manuscript professionally edited. I know everybody in the universe thinks they can write a book--well, probably a lot of people can, but that doesn't mean they can turn out a polished, professional manuscript that is ready to be unleashed on the world. When you really have content or a story that makes a contribution--that is at heart well worth reading-- why let it be marred by errors in grammar, usage, and even spelling? Take some time--yes, spend some money--and give your readers a shining, top-quality product.

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Re: Self published authors?
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2017, 10:51:34 AM »
There are a number of self-publishers on the forums and a couple threads on it:
https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/ask-a-mustachian/anyone-experienced-with-publishing-e-books/msg1160983/#msg1160983
https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/meetups-and-social-events/mmm-writers'-support-group-for-fun-and-profits/

Mr. Trede writes fiction and we've self-published seven books so far, with the first one published in 2013.  Since your book is non-fiction, I'm not sure how relevant our experience is and I'm certainly no lawyer and wouldn't be comfortable giving legal advice (you said you especially had questions in that area).  I will point to a note I posted about AMS (Amazon Marketing Services) earlier this month:
https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/welcome-to-the-forum/for-kdp-authors-$100-in-promotional-credit-on-amazon-marketing-services/msg1430296/#msg1430296

That deal is still relevant through the end of March and I've been having great success with AMS this year in promoting Mr. Trede's novels.