I think I'm ready to publish some of my poems through one of two avenues, (still open to suggestions though), but I need some "what-would-you-do-in-my-shoes" type of advice about which step to take first. On the one hand, there is a great self-publishing resource offered through McNally Jackson Books' Espresso Book Machine that will print a limited run of actual books for me. On the other hand, I wonder if I can hedge my bets to get people to actually read my poems by trying to publish in a journal first. [more inside]
I want to create a short chapbook of some of my science fiction short stories to sell at an upcoming convention. What are some interesting, eye-catching design ideas that will make the book stand out? [more inside]
A friend and I are planning to put together a children's book. Where do we start with finding a way to put it out? [more inside]
I'm trying to self-publish a few copies of a book I'm writing, just to give to one person as a gift and keep a couple copies for myself. The one time I've done this before, I went to McNally Jackson, the bookstore in NYC (where I live). The results were mostly fine except for two things. Main problem: I didn't like the results of the supposedly "full color" cover. Also, the covers were slightly nicked. Do you know of any other service that will do this kind of thing with a truly full-color cover, for a reasonable price? [more inside]
For a couple chapters of a book I'm writing, I could choose to adapt short stories that I already released under a Creative Commons license. Even with the adapted chapters, the book would be 95% new material. What are the implications of mixing the new material with the CC material? [more inside]
I'm accumulating and editing a corporate history that is to be printed by a self-publishing house; the customer would like a hardcover (more details below). Does anyone have any recommendations on which self-publisher would be best? [more inside]
What is the best service or method for designing and printing about a dozen copies of a cookbook? Lulu? Amazon? iPhoto? Kinkos? [more inside]
Earlier this year, I published a 116-page PDF ebook about personal finance. Next week, I'm attending a conference with fellow financial bloggers. Is there a way to convert my PDF book to a physical print version (even if it's just one or ten copies) in just a few days so that I can show it to people? Cost isn't really an object. I know I've come up with this idea at the last minute...
I'm about to release the sequel to my military sci-fi novel, which did super well last year (self-pubbed on Amazon). Experience has shown that whenever I release a new book, all of the others get a sales bump. So for the first month of the new release, I'd like to donate anything I make off of the original to a good veterans' charity. Naturally, this has led me to a lot of questions. This is not the only place I'm asking, but the hive has always been of great assistance. [more inside]
After this FPP on Amazon's questionable tactics dealing with Hachette (and in particular, Michael Sullivan's article on the matter, in which he mentions developing "a direct sales channel" with readers), and mathowie's comment in the MeFi funding thread on True Fans, help me find a better way to support authors than binging on the Kindle Book Store (where the majority of my payment apparently goes to publishers and distributors - boo!). Difficulty level: hard SF (think Greg Egan), space opera (think Banks' Culture series); ebooks preferred. [more inside]
Self-published authors of MeFi: What's the best way to self-publish these days? Is it still Amazon via CreateSpace, or has something better emerged? More details inside. [more inside]
I need some rough data about books published by recognized publishers vs. books that are self-published. Can you help me find where to look for these numbers? [more inside]
A friend authored a niche book that was published by a major publishing house and sold very well. It's out of print, but used copies sell on Amazon for many times the original price. People in the field very much want to buy copies of the book, and the author is interested in having it released again. What advice do you have for self-publishing this book? [more inside]
I'll be in San Francisco for about twelve hours, and I would like to find a bookstore or two that have an amazing zine selection. Any suggestions? [more inside]
I'm looking for warnings or limitations for publishing adult/mature erotic fiction through Kindle Direct Publishing, and I'm worried about pitfalls and I haven't yet found any direct language about content or rated content or the like. [more inside]
I'm nearing completion of a book of very short stories that riff in various ways on the 'joke' form. The pieces are 1-2 pages. I want to publish this book. I'm not sure the best way. [more inside]
I recently read a blog post / article written by a best-selling Amazon author who noted that after all of Amazon's small print, he was only getting about 20% revenue share on the sale of his work (comparable to the traditional publishing industry) rather than Amazon's frequently lauded 70%. Can anyone find the post / article in question?
Am considering publishing an unusual philosophical self-help tract written in a fiery, contrarian tone. Think Hegel meets Deepak Chopra, for lack of a less weird description. Right now the manuscript is short. I'd like it to provoke conversation, make a reputation, and build an audience. I lack these currently. Am I better off a) self-publishing, b) creating a Kindle Single, or c) publishing traditionally? C would require me to expand my manuscript to 5x its current length, but give me prestige, a (likely small) advance, wider distribution, and perhaps more publicity. The other options would be far faster and might allow me to iterate my ideas / write other pieces based on audience reaction. Any advice on which option (feel free to add options) would best serve my goals?
In 2013, I want to put out a monthly zine-esque short publication and charge $1 each. I want to sell them online. What is the best way to do this? I have no experience with selling things online whatsoever. [more inside]
I will soon need cover art for a self-published book. I'd like to get something original rather than buying a stock photo. I am quite ignorant about the world of visual arts. Please teach me how to communicate what I want to an artist--and how to find one? [more inside]
How did you go from not liking reading books on your iPad to enjoying the experience? And how do you negotiate the morass that is the self-published ebook section of Amazon? [more inside]
I am considering self-publishing an e-book. What are some resources for creating the most professional version of an e-book? I'm talking about design, layout, distribution, etc. I'm looking for both tips and links to the best books/websites on the matter. I'm fortunate enough to have some money to spend, if that affects your answer.
I want to make an interactive children's book app for iOS. I will be doing all the artwork and animation myself but don't know what would be a fair price to pay for a developer (coder?). [more inside]
How do I turn a document into a high-quality hard-backed book? [more inside]
I'm in the process of formulating a story that would twist a known, beloved children's franchise setting into a violent noir. The eventual goal would be to self-publish an ebook for a few bucks on Amazon, but I'm concerned that the subject matter would get the book pulled due to copyright matters. How does Amazon handle parody and pastiche? [more inside]
My urban fantasy ebook on Amazon has done well enough to make me really happy, but I'd love to promote it more. Thing is, a pen name was absolutely necessary and I don't have money to do actual advertising. Options? [more inside]
I want to make a really nice "family history" book (not necessarily genealogy, however) [more inside]
I'm writing a technical book - and intending to self publish, mostly electronically. OSX - Best of class software? For writing? For publishing? Other deeper writing and self publishing questions inside! [more inside]
I would like to publish a non-fiction book so weird that no agent would possibly take it. Should I self-publish? [more inside]
Any advice for self-publishing or licensing your own created educational materials? I am interested in creating and publishing some speech therapy materials for use in schools with kids. Where to start? [more inside]
Help my friend get his Amazon Seller's Account back! [more inside]
I want to self-publish my urban fantasy novel, but I'm worried about shooting myself in the foot with a number of decisions. [more inside]
Does anyone know of a company or companies that do sales and distribution of self-published books? [more inside]
What is the best strategy for self publishing a very lengthy photo book? I'm looking for the sweet spot of quality and price. [more inside]
Any advice on designing/ordering promotional postcards? [more inside]
Questions regarding publishing my (already published) book as an e-book. [more inside]
Writing a book that will be self-published at the end of the summer. I have questions about writing, layout, self-publishing and more. [more inside]
What would be a good font for my book? [more inside]
I have put together a book using some old notes that a relative left for me over the years that I scanned as jpegs. In some of them the handwriting is bad so I need to put a translation, and some of them need an explanation to set the scene. I've decided to self-publish them. Blurb is very intuitive but lacks the sales options that Lulu offers. Whereas, Lulu makes it very difficult for what I'm looking to do because it's sort of a hybrid book. Any advice or recommendations would be appreciated.
Is there a self publishing service kind of like lulu.com but which lets you "brand" the storefront with your own stylesheet and logo? One that lets customer buy electronic copies as well as printed versions? One that you've had good experiences with? [more inside]
What would be the most efficient way convert every single thing I have ever written on the internet into one large book that I can keep on my shelf? [more inside]
I have a web site. I want to write a book based on the topic. I have publishers/agents asking to talk to me, but I don't know if I'm ready. For one thing, I'm not convinced traditional publication is best — I'm intrigued by self-publishing and e-books. I'm looking for general advice: What are the pros and cons of each method? It seems that unless I'm lucky, traditional publishing offers the lowest dollar return. But are there other, intangible benefits I'm missing? Exposure? Having somebody who knows what they're doing guide me along? And how do I approach a discussion with agents/publishers so as to get the best deal? [more inside]
Has anyone used blurb.com? More to the point, what are my options for self-publishing? [more inside]
I'd like to self-publish some really short stories similar to the ones on my site. I like this paper trick and am wondering if anyone knows of any others. My printer does double sided so it would be neat to exploit that, but it's not mandatory. Got any links? Also, I don't want to limit to one-page tricks so any suggestions for self-publishing that aren't full-on books (like Lulu or NMK) are appreciated. [more inside]
What's a good resource for self-publishing music CDs? [more inside]
Print On Demand / Digital Fulfillment for photography books - I want to sell small photobooks through my site, but want someone else to handle the printing and shipping. Both Lulu and CafePress handle books, does anyone know of others, or have experience with any of these outfits? [mo'better inside+] [more inside]
I want to use cafepress to publish a small book of black and white illustrations, maybe about 100 pages. I'm concerned that their 100mb pdf limit will result in poor image quality. This is a personal project. Has anyone made an artbook through cafepress? Were you happy with the result?
Does anyone have any suggestions about self-publishing comics, or possibly publishers who might be interested in submissions? [more inside...] [more inside]
I have a game that I am interesting in self-publishing. I don't have a lot of capital to put into it myself, so I'm thinking about using pre-orders to generate the bulk of the necessary revenue. What is the etiquette, if you will, of pre-ordering? What's "too long" between the submission of a pre-order and the availability of the product? I don't want people to actually give me money unless I can guarantee eventual shipment of the product; how is this handled? I'm thinking of how Amazon doesn't charge your card until an item ships; is that how pre-orders are typically handled? Do business that operate on pre-orders borrow against those pre-orders to pay for manufacturing, and then cash in on those pre-orders to pay back the bank? Any wisdom in this area is appreciated.
Has anyone here ever self published a book? I have a great idea, a sure-fire distribution venue, and completed content, but I'm clueless about producing the actual end product. Its quite short (about 40 pages) -- other than taking it to my local copy shop and having them photocopy and bind the thing, are there other options?