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7:55 am
January 7, 2011


Buck Inspire

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Hi guys,

 

Just curious, if I wanted to venture in writing a book, what would you guys do, eBook, self publishing, traditional route?  You know me, Mr. Curiosity. Cool

 

What is that saying, "Knowledge is Power" right? Laugh

8:12 am
January 7, 2011


Eric – PersonalProfitability.com

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I wrote an eBook but it wasn't all that successful.  Whatever you do, be ready to market the hell out of it beyond anything you can possibly comprehend.

9:51 am
January 7, 2011


Buy Like Buffett

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Ebook. I am about to launch an ebook in two weeks. I think that they are easier to sell.

 

 

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1:30 am
January 8, 2011


cazcraig

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I think ebooks are easier to sell and you get to keep more of the profits. If it goes big enough you may even have a publishing company notice it and then take you on. There is always the option to do both. You can look at places to publish on a book by book basis for those who are old school and prefer to hold a book in their hands. http://lulu.com is a site that can do that. Your profit margin would be a lot less, but at least it's another option

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10:35 am
January 11, 2011


MaximizingMoney

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I recently published an ebook on Amazon Kindle Publishing. They make it really easy and it's free, plus you can then easily sell it through Amazon and sell it really cheap, which hopefully entices more people to buy it.

 

I guess the publishing platform you choose would depend on your goals for publishing the book.

 

If it's meant to complement or help promote your blog or as an additional resource for your blog readers, then an ebook might be the best platform, as you can then easily deliver it to your readers directly from your website, plus your readers are already used to reading things in the electronic format.

 

Self-publishing in a hard copy format is nice, as you actually have a physical book to sell or provide at events for promotional purpose, but of course, it cost more money to publish and will probably cost your readers more money to buy. I want to check out that lulu site mentioned above, looks pretty interesting.

 

The traditional route of seeking a publisher probably lends the most credit to the author, because somebody else chooses to spend the money to publish your book and believes in you, but it's probably the hardest as well.

11:29 am
January 11, 2011


Buck Inspire

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Thanks Eric, sorry to hear.  In retrospect, did you analyze why it wasn't that successful?

 

NarrowBridge said:

I wrote an eBook but it wasn't all that successful.  Whatever you do, be ready to market the hell out of it beyond anything you can possibly comprehend.


11:30 am
January 11, 2011


Buck Inspire

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That's what I hear.  Good luck with your launch! Laugh

 

Buy Like Buffett said:

Ebook. I am about to launch an ebook in two weeks. I think that they are easier to sell.


11:32 am
January 11, 2011


Buck Inspire

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Thanks will check out lulu! Smile

 

cazcraig said:

I think ebooks are easier to sell and you get to keep more of the profits. If it goes big enough you may even have a publishing company notice it and then take you on. There is always the option to do both. You can look at places to publish on a book by book basis for those who are old school and prefer to hold a book in their hands. http://lulu.com is a site that can do that. Your profit margin would be a lot less, but at least it's another option


11:33 am
January 11, 2011


Buck Inspire

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Thanks for the detailed and thoughful reply.  You should write a post about this as it seems you have a lot of experience and knowledge about this. Laugh

 

maximizingmoney said:

I recently published an ebook on Amazon Kindle Publishing. They make it really easy and it's free, plus you can then easily sell it through Amazon and sell it really cheap, which hopefully entices more people to buy it.

 

I guess the publishing platform you choose would depend on your goals for publishing the book.

 

If it's meant to complement or help promote your blog or as an additional resource for your blog readers, then an ebook might be the best platform, as you can then easily deliver it to your readers directly from your website, plus your readers are already used to reading things in the electronic format.

 

Self-publishing in a hard copy format is nice, as you actually have a physical book to sell or provide at events for promotional purpose, but of course, it cost more money to publish and will probably cost your readers more money to buy. I want to check out that lulu site mentioned above, looks pretty interesting.

 

The traditional route of seeking a publisher probably lends the most credit to the author, because somebody else chooses to spend the money to publish your book and believes in you, but it's probably the hardest as well.


8:22 am
January 13, 2011


TightFistedMiser

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Maximizing Money -  What was the book you published on Amazon Kindle?  I have plans to publish a book there in the next month or two and would be interested in hearing about your experience.

 

From what I've read once you have published a book on Kindle it is fairly simple to publish it on Amazon's Createspace for not too much money.  My plan is to see what kind of response i get to the Kindle version and if it is good I'll publish via Createspace as well.

9:57 pm
January 13, 2011


Aloysa

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I am all about traditional publishing (check out my earlier posts about my adventures in searching for agent if you are interested.). An e-book is the last resort as far as I see it… I am biased. Wink

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11:16 am
January 14, 2011


Invest It Wisely

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Whatever takes the least resources in terms of publishing, etc… so I would start out with ebook and similar formats. Once I had built up some rep I'd go for the traditional route.

6:03 pm
January 14, 2011


MaximizingMoney

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TightFistedMiser said:

Maximizing Money -  What was the book you published on Amazon Kindle?  I have plans to publish a book there in the next month or two and would be interested in hearing about your experience.

 

From what I've read once you have published a book on Kindle it is fairly simple to publish it on Amazon's Createspace for not too much money.  My plan is to see what kind of response i get to the Kindle version and if it is good I'll publish via Createspace as well.


Hey TightFistedMiser,
I published a short fiction book, about novelette length, which is basically a collection of interrelated short stories about my grandmother's life and decent into Alzheimer's. Here's my general-use description.
GRANDMA MESSNER'S MEMORIES OF ALZHEIMER’S echoes the disconnected recollections of a family matriarch as the filters of her life are lifted, casting her on a metaphysical journey amidst several generations of her relatives as they seek to reconstruct her collective meaning.
Here's the link on Amazon. You'll notice I wrote it under a different name, long story, but that's it.
If you want, you can read the first chapter of it here.
Anyway, excuse my shameless self-promotion…
Yeah, publishing on Amazon Kindle is really easy, the most difficult part for me was just getting it electronically formatted, so that it reads nicely, as you want to make sure all of your spacing and stuff is correct and easy on the eyes in the electronic medium.
It was very easy though, and you can control the pricing.
I've done some self-promotion in the Amazon forums and elsewhere online where possible, but it's not like I've achieved incredible sales or anything.
I agree with Aloysa in some regards, specifically from the standpoint of a fiction writer, as getting an agent or a publisher to take interest and represent you or publish your book is a great honor. I've been trying for a while, but haven't had much luck.
I had read an inspiring story about an author who published on Kindle and then through word of mouth and self-promotion ended up getting a publisher and deal for multiple books, so I decided to at least get something out there that I could show people for exposure.
I'll have to look into Createspace, as I'm not really familiar with that.
I agree with your plan though, to see how the initial response goes and then take it from there. Kindle definitely makes it easy.

8:36 am
January 15, 2011


TightFistedMiser

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Post edited 8:40 am – January 15, 2011 by TightFistedMiser


maximizingmoney said:

Hey TightFistedMiser,
I published a short fiction book, about novelette length, which is basically a collection of interrelated short stories about my grandmother's life and decent into Alzheimer's. Here's my general-use description.
GRANDMA MESSNER'S MEMORIES OF ALZHEIMER’S echoes the disconnected recollections of a family matriarch as the filters of her life are lifted, casting her on a metaphysical journey amidst several generations of her relatives as they seek to reconstruct her collective meaning.
Here's the link on Amazon. You'll notice I wrote it under a different name, long story, but that's it.
If you want, you can read the first chapter of it here.
Anyway, excuse my shameless self-promotion…
Yeah, publishing on Amazon Kindle is really easy, the most difficult part for me was just getting it electronically formatted, so that it reads nicely, as you want to make sure all of your spacing and stuff is correct and easy on the eyes in the electronic medium.
It was very easy though, and you can control the pricing.

 

Thanks for sharing the link to your book.  I downloaded a sample to Kindle and will read it when I get a chance.  I'm not an expert but I think if you changed your cover and wrote a longer description you would sell more books.  Check out the Kindle boards for more information.  From what I've read you need to do a lot of promotion to make your book a success on Kindle.  You can use your knowledge from promoting your blog and use it to promote your book.
 

It would be cool to have a book published by a traditional publisher but you might do better on your own.  Check out J.A. Konrath's blog.  He makes a ton more money publishing his own books than he did with a traditional publisher.  He also writes about lots of others who are making thousands from publishing their own ebooks.  That kind of success is a longshot but it is possible,.

11:06 am
January 15, 2011


MaximizingMoney

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Thanks for sharing the link to your book.  I downloaded a sample to Kindle and will read it when I get a chance.  I'm not an expert but I think if you changed your cover and wrote a longer description you would sell more books.  Check out the Kindle boards for more information.  From what I've read you need to do a lot of promotion to make your book a success on Kindle.  You can use your knowledge from promoting your blog and use it to promote your book.

 

It would be cool to have a book published by a traditional publisher but you might do better on your own.  Check out J.A. Konrath's blog.  He makes a ton more money publishing his own books than he did with a traditional publisher.  He also writes about lots of others who are making thousands from publishing their own ebooks.  That kind of success is a longshot but it is possible,.

Thank you so much for the information.

Yeah, that was a cover that Kindle actually created for me automatically, which is a nice feature if you can't otherwise do it. I guess I would need to create one in photoshop or something and then upload it, so it's something I'm going to look into further. I could probably create a more detailed description as well. I believe using the correct tags is pretty important also, so that it appears in search results for your subject matter.

I'm definitely going to check out that blog. I'm really pretty new to self-publishing, so I have a lot to learn still, and I appreciate your help.

I don't really expect to make too much money, either through traditional publishing or self-publishing, but I would like to get people to actually read my writing. It's always a plus to have actual readers when publishing.

Thank you for your help.

5:22 pm
March 7, 2011


MaximizingMoney

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Just read this article about some fiction writers who are doing really well selling books on Kindle.

 

http://www.novelr.com/2011/02/…..die-writer

 

This is more related to fiction than to publishing financial books, but a lot of them seem to be achieving success through self-promotion on their websites and Kindle, so their examples could probably apply to any type of book.

6:01 pm
March 7, 2011


Buck Inspire

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Post edited 6:01 pm – March 7, 2011 by Buck Inspire


Great article, thanks for sharing!  Laugh

6:06 am
March 8, 2011


Frugal Confessions

Houston, TX

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Great thread–thank you all for your information and experiences.

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6:27 am
March 8, 2011


The Single Saver

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Post edited 6:27 am – March 8, 2011 by The Single Saver


I am finding this topic to be very interesting to me because my

original goal (even before starting the blog) was to write a book with

saving tips for singles.  I have been thinking along the e-book route

and now I think I will look more seriously into publishing with

Kindle. 

 

Has anyone had any negative experiences with publishing e-books (or Kindle books) that we should be aware of?

The Single (and Small Family) Saver

Offering practical, money-saving advice in a fun and interactive format.


3:17 pm
March 8, 2011


srauterkus

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I published two books with CreateSpace and it was incredibly easy.  One was a textbook that I use when I teach personal finance and the other was a biography of my grandmother  for her 90th birthday.  I decided to put it on CreateSpace to make it easy for family members to get a copy.  What I like is that because of the affiliation with Amazon, folks can easily buy my books there.  Also, because they are hard copies, I can buy a few at a discount to take to workshops or sell out of the trunk of my car if I want.  ;-0

 

I've been thinking of going the eBook route too.  I think that I can do it the same way in CreateSpace and just choose a different format or even choose multiple formats.  Of course, my 'cut' will be much higher on the eBook format.  I'll let you know how it goes!

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