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The ways of publishing are changing, and it is probably mostly a good thing.  

The “traditional” way is to find an agent who finds you a publisher, and the Powers That Be accept you / your work.  Yeah...It’s nice to be deemed acceptable by the cliques in power.  I had enough of that in school, thank you very much.  Still....If a writer can get that route to work, more power to them....Literally.  I mean, the money will be huge, and their recognition and cred will be sky high.  

However, a newer way to publish is opening up, and I, as well as other new writers, can now have the luxury of by-passing the red tape and chains of command involved with scoping out and being deemed worthy by a literary agent or publishing house.  This may also be the only way to fly with such a tight economy that says that no matter how incredibly fabulous my work as a novelist is, no one can afford to represent me because no business has the money to pay me.  

I can self pub...Basically make my own book, pay to have everything just the way I want...and then go market it myself.  No commissions...but I would be paying for the books as they are printed and bound. It’s more like being an independent contractor, I guess.

I can also e-pub...or is it i-pub?  Either way, it’s basically pubbing a downloadable book for people’s Nooks, phones, iPads, Kindles or whatever electronic reading device.  

How does an author sign one of those at a book signing?  

Anyway, I have some choices to make about how I want my book to be born.  I figure I will give it the traditional way till about October.  I have sent it off to about 12 places.  If I get rejections or no feedback at all, I may then consider the e-pub route by the Holidays.

Before I publish in any form, I do need to find out about legal issues in regard to writing about real folks...Even if I do change some names and or add in / modify or cut some characters.  Some people will figure it out anyway.  This is when an agent’s expertise would be helpful...Sorta like if you sold your home on your own, (FSBO-style), vs. listing your property w a company that can cover your legal ass.  

However I choose to go, I want to make good and safe decisions.  I want to feel proud of my work yet not feel too hindered artistically and look obvious that I held back.  

What do you think?

P.

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      Kyah wrote Aug 7, 2010
    • I self-published my first novel last year, and it’s available on Amazon. I love having my work out there, but I don’t have the time to properly market it because I’m working on my latest novel. The publishing company (Amazon’s) has marketing web seminars and marketing packages to get your book to various venues, including public libraries and regular bookstores. Since I still have to maintain a full time job to keep a roof over my head, once I finish the first draft of my latest, I’ll go back and work on getting my published book out and circulating properly.

      I say go for it, and yes getting legal advice before you submit it is a must do.



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      Denise Richardson wrote Aug 7, 2010
    • heartThis is some goodinfo ladies thanks I am currently getting back to finishing my first novel and I hope I can get it out there in a huge way when it’s done, I have looked into some of the publishing companies and a few are still contacting me about my book, but I’m not finished with it just yet. Thanks ladies.happyheart



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      Paige Strickland wrote Aug 7, 2010
    • Kyah:  Thanks so much for your input.  P.



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      Linni wrote Aug 7, 2010
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      Kyah wrote Aug 7, 2010
    • You‘re very welcome, Paige. By the way, Amazon’s publishing company is called Create Space. They do books, music, videos and assign ISBN numbers to your work for you. Google it and see if it’s a place you can deal with. Lulu.com is another, but I like Create Space & the added bonus of Amazon.com, because they’ll tag it and place your books in web sites and shops you wouldn’t think of putting them in! If your book sells from Create Space, you get more royalties that you do on Amazon, but remember, Amazon has that “Look Inside” feature as well as the Kindle option and they build that page for you. Good luck with your endeavor! heart



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