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pic     Having been published by both traditional mainstream publishers (Collier/Macmillan) and also by the new “print-on-demand” publishers (CreateSpace, Lulu, and more), I’ve come to the conclusion that print-on-demand is:


*gives you more artistic control over your cover and book interior

*pays better royalties (although there is no advance, as there is with mainstream publishers)

*gets you easily listed with Amazon at the very least, and with some packages you get listed on Barnes and Noble online and many other places (although you don’t get shelf space in brick-and-morter bookstores).

Remember, print-on-demand (POD) is not the same as “vanity publishing.” It’s a whole new category of getting your work out there and available.

The main downside to POD publishing is that all the marketing is left up to the author. And marketing your book, as many of you already know, is hard work.  

But when my first book was published at Collier/Macmillan, they pushed my book very little. Even then, if I wanted to sell the book, most of the marketing work was up to me. Why? Because I’m an obscure author. They do well for their glittering authors, but when you‘re not known, the selling of the book is still up to you. The only thing they do for you (and this is big, I don’t mean to knock it) is put you in their catalog, which the distributors will then pick up and place your book in brick-and-mortor bookstores.

One final thing: With POD available to us now, there is no need - ever - to go to a vanity press. Anyone who charges you money upfront is a vanity press. They are outdated.  

But the POD publishing system, in my opinion, is a fabulous way to get your work out there.

For more detailed information, I have an article on my site, called [Link Removed] 

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