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by Brent Sampson
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About the Author
Brent Sampson is the best-selling author of Sell Your Book on Amazon and the award-winning Self-Publishing Simplified. As the president & CEO of Outskirts Press, Brent offers full-service, on-demand custom book publishing services to authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and powerful way to publish and distribute their books worldwide. Through Outskirts Press Brent has helped thousands of authors with writing, editing, publishing, marketing and entrepreneurship. Brent is also on the Board of Directors for the Education & Literacy Foundation. For more information about the future of self-publishing visit www.outskirtspress.com.
Top 7 Tips for Publishing Your Book This Year by Brent Sampson
#2 – Identify your weaknesses
Publishing a book is different from writing one; it is a business rather than an art. Unless you have the technical and financial know-how (or the patience, time, and money to absorb the learning curve) you will be better off having a company publish your book for you rather than trying to do it yourself.
#3 – Investigate your publishing options
There are three main roads to publication:
#4 – Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of traditional publishing
The main advantage to traditional publication is that they pay you for your book up-front. However, that is also their disadvantage; since traditional publishers take a financial risk on each book they publish, they often only accept books by celebrities or from authors who have already published previous books successfully.
#5 – Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of independently self-publishing
The advantage of independently self-publishing your book is that you retain your rights and all the control to your book. The disadvantage is that it is time-consuming and very risky to self-publish a book by yourself, due to the up-front financial investment. Distributors rarely work with one-time authors, so once you have books printed, you may find it challenging to move them from your garage and into the hands of readers.
#6 – Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of turn-key POD publishing
The majority of new authors self-publish their books through a print-on-demand publishing company. Like independent self-publishing, POD authors almost always maintain all their rights. Another advantage is that the financial investment is much lower (usually less than $1,000). The disadvantage is that POD books share the same marketing hurdles as independently self-published books – getting into the hands of readers is a challenge. Most PODs typically include wholesale distribution and online listings with major e-retailers to assist the author in getting started.
#7 – Just do it
Your manuscript will not publish itself, so the last tip is the most important. You have to be motivated to reach for your dreams.
To publish your book traditionally, buy the latest edition of “The Writer’s Market” for contact information of nearly every mainstream publisher.
To independently self-publish your book by yourself, buy the latest edition of “The Self-Publishing Manual” for the financial models and technical specifications you will need to adhere to.
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