Publish The Thought

from the so-simple dept

For years, it’s been possible to “self-publish” a novel if you had the money to get the books printed. That’s not the hard part. The hard part is getting anyone to actually notice (or, even better, buy!) the book you’ve written. However, one of the nice things about the internet is that they’ve made it easier than ever to publish your own book, and to even get it listed at Of course, considering that very few of these authors ever sell more than a handful of the books – and many are hoping that the books will get them noticed by larger publishing houses, you would think it would make a bit more sense to offer the book as a free download somewhere. The purpose of the self-published book (for most writers) appears to be to get them attention, not money. In trying to do both, they may be hurting themselves.

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Mark Murphy (user link) says:

Think 'Second Edition'

The free download option you cite would seem to be more of a “poison pill” than selling the book through a POD publisher. After all, what book publisher is going to want to shell out its own money to publish a book others can get for free? Certain publishers (O’Reilly and Baen come to mind) might actually like that model, but that’s only relevant if you’re publishing in tech or scifi, respectively.
Having published one book via a traditional publisher, I am considering other books through POD, at least on the first go-around, if I run into hiccups with getting a book deal. Basically, I self-publish the first edition, with an eye toward getting a more traditional publisher involved for a second edition, or follow-on works, or stuff. In this case, it’s as much about control as anything else — traditional publisher agreements are tilted in favor of the publisher.


No Subject Given

Mike, all authors should be entitled to make monkey from their work. No one ever said self publishing, or any kind of publishing for that matter was easy. Even large publishers are having trouble making any kind of return on their investment in publication. This problem is not unique to self publishers. Ask anyone who ever published anything for wrox or IDG. No, seriously…

Mike (profile) says:

Re: No Subject Given

I wasn’t saying they shouldn’t be “entitled” to make money from their work.

My point was they need to determine what the goals are of self-publishing.

If it’s to get a big enough audience to show a big name publisher that they’re worth taking a chance on, then I think charging for the book may go against that goal.

However, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a publisher who just wants to self-publish and can promote the book themselves. If that’s their goal, then go for it.

But, if they’re trying to show enough readers to interest a publishing house, then, they’re working at cross-purposes.

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