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How do I pick the best veterans' charity for my money?

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]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Jul 16, 2014 - 10 answers

Give me your tired, your poor, your... SF authors needing a True Fan?

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]
posted by snap, crackle and pop on May 24, 2014 - 7 answers

What is currently the best vehicle for self-published short fiction?

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]
posted by jbickers on Apr 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Number of self-published vs. officially published books?

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]
posted by meerkatty on Mar 20, 2014 - 2 answers

How to self-publish a book that is out of print

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]
posted by Capri on Dec 2, 2013 - 6 answers

Best stores for zines in San Francisco

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]
posted by Unified Theory on Aug 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Publishing adult/erotic pulp fiction on Amazon KDP?

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]
posted by loquacious on May 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Publishing options for a collection of literary short fiction

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]
posted by skwt on May 27, 2013 - 4 answers

True Author Revenue Share on Amazon

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?
posted by whimsicalnymph on Apr 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Self-publish, Kindle Single, or publish traditionally?

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?
posted by shivohum on Jan 16, 2013 - 8 answers

Self-publishing can't be that hard? Right?

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]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2012 - 4 answers

How Do I Learn To Speak Artist?

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]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Nov 29, 2012 - 10 answers

How did you go from not liking reading books on your iPad to enjoying the experience?

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]
posted by lesbiassparrow on Jul 29, 2012 - 32 answers

Self-publishing e-books

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.
posted by Bookhouse on Jun 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Please be so kind as to help get my self-publishing adventure off the ground.

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]
posted by bonobothegreat on Jun 6, 2012 - 9 answers

How to produce a high-quality hard-backed book?

How do I turn a document into a high-quality hard-backed book? [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Jun 2, 2012 - 8 answers

How to keep a self-published story on Amazon safe?

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]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Mar 26, 2012 - 10 answers

How Do I Promote an eBook Without an Advertising Budget?

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]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Jan 10, 2012 - 14 answers

Kind of like Proust.com only better (because it's homemade).

I want to make a really nice "family history" book (not necessarily genealogy, however) [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Sep 29, 2011 - 2 answers

Writing and publishing ebook advice needed

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]
posted by filmgeek on Aug 15, 2011 - 6 answers

SmashWords vs. Smashed Publishing Market

I would like to publish a non-fiction book so weird that no agent would possibly take it. Should I self-publish? [more inside]
posted by shii on Aug 7, 2011 - 8 answers

But the world needs a new way to practice the R sound, really!

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]
posted by shortyJBot on Jun 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Resurrect My Friend's Amazon Seller Account!

Help my friend get his Amazon Seller's Account back! [more inside]
posted by Doctor Suarez on May 29, 2011 - 7 answers

Will Kindle Demons Eat My Baby?

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]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Apr 25, 2011 - 8 answers

How to distribute self-published books

Does anyone know of a company or companies that do sales and distribution of self-published books? [more inside]
posted by partner on Apr 14, 2011 - 7 answers

Please don't tell me I'll have to print this photo book on Bible paper...

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]
posted by ocherdraco on Dec 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Advice about promotional postcards?

Any advice on designing/ordering promotional postcards? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 on Aug 6, 2010 - 9 answers

On Publishing an eBook

Questions regarding publishing my (already published) book as an e-book. [more inside]
posted by sively on Jun 1, 2010 - 8 answers

I need advice for and help with the self-publishing process.

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]
posted by zenja72 on May 18, 2010 - 2 answers

What would be a good font for my book?

What would be a good font for my book? [more inside]
posted by dng on Jan 6, 2010 - 18 answers

Lulu or Blurb, what's best for book with both text and pictures?

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.
posted by adfeb on Jun 9, 2009 - 3 answers

Looking for a self publishing service provider who support storefront branding

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]
posted by tomwheeler on Aug 20, 2008 - 6 answers

The Complete Works of ME!

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]
posted by ChabonJabon on Jun 13, 2008 - 8 answers

Best book publication methods?

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]
posted by jdroth on Jan 7, 2008 - 13 answers

What's the bestest way to self-publish?

Has anyone used blurb.com? More to the point, what are my options for self-publishing? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo on Dec 11, 2006 - 6 answers

How to make tiny books?

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]
posted by dobbs on Aug 7, 2006 - 3 answers

Self-publishing music CDs

What's a good resource for self-publishing music CDs? [more inside]
posted by Noah on May 24, 2005 - 9 answers

Selling photography books online?

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]
posted by Jack Karaoke on Jan 2, 2005 - 11 answers

Cafepress Art Books

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?
posted by quibx on Dec 7, 2004 - 15 answers

Comics Publishers

Does anyone have any suggestions about self-publishing comics, or possibly publishers who might be interested in submissions? [more inside...] [more inside]
posted by jpburns on Apr 27, 2004 - 8 answers

Pre-Ordering Etiquette

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.
posted by blueshammer on Apr 20, 2004 - 13 answers

Advice on self-publishing a book?

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?
posted by anastasiav on Mar 8, 2004 - 11 answers

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