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PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT

Coordination of all aspects of publication (photography, printing, editing, proofing, layout): $10 a page.

 

PRINT-ON-DEMAND

I have over ten years experience in print-on-demand publishing. I can help you choose the best service for print or electronic publishing, then I'll show you how to manage your title on-line.

 

The slide show highlights some reasons why print-on-demand is often the best choice. And don't forget that 50% of all fiction sales are now electronic.

 

 

This is a quote from Hugh Howie, bestselling author of the Wool series and investigator extraordinaire of the independent publishing market.

 

For the 1% who can choose [to take a traditional contract because they are offered one], the majority of them should be choosing to self-publish. From everything and everyone we know, these authors would be happier, more productive, and far wealthier if they struck out on their own. They are paying middlemen a fortune to perform a service that is no longer needed. Instead of being saddled with cover art they don’t really like and an editor they didn’t choose, they could have complete control over both for a fraction of the price. (I know I’m singing to the choir here. It’s the agnostics in the pews we’re running these numbers for).

 

Earnings show market potential. If we discovered that only 5 indie authors are earning a decent living, the legacy publishing pundits would be screaming our findings from the mountaintops. Remember when the dialog was all about how 95% of self-published authors don’t sell more than 100 books in their lifetimes? That’s the sort of thing we set out to check. What we are finding instead is that the chances of making a living from writing fiction is likely greater for self-published authors than traditionally published authors. Those findings include enough of a variety of books on both sides to be a meaningful conclusion. If you are weighing how to publish, the numbers from Amazon’s bestseller lists should tempt you into self-publishing.

 

And this one is from Mr. PG:

 

Make no mistake about it, today’s traditional publishing establishment is the product of decades of consolidation, concentrating more and more power over what is published into fewer and fewer hands. The latest and largest example of this trend is the merger of Random House and Penguin to create the largest publisher in the world.

 

As independent authors arise, empowered by Amazon’s democratic commons of ideas, PG says we’re looking at a renaissance of American literature, an upheaval that is shoving the suits out and putting authors back in charge of the art they create.

 

Despite the dying spasms of Big Publishing, the wall between writers and readers is coming down. Uncontrolled and unmediated ideas are being released into the wild, giving readers the opportunity to decide which will flourish.

 

Whether the path out of corporate serfdom comes via Amazon or someone else, authors who have discovered the freedom that comes with owning and controlling the fruits of their labors are not going back to the plantation.

"What the data tells us, then, is that self-publishing is just as viable as any other form of publishing. Perhaps more so. No one can halt your career because an early title underperforms expectations. You get to hire the editors and cover artists you want to work with. You get to write whatever you want and publish whenever and however often you like. And you can publish every which way. Self-publishing used to close you off to other avenues, now it simply opens them up. Many authors publish in several ways simultaneously." Author Earnings Report, October 2014

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