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Are Kindle SIngles Authors Making Money?

There are so many ways to publish a book today. Kindle Singles may be Amazon's best kept secret for authors. There are just over 300 titles published to date, and, as you'll see from the story below, some authors are making big bucks on these 99 cents or $1.00 short-to-medium-length books.

“All of this stands in evidence that in its Kindle Singles brand, Amazon is investing in a serious business model behind a quality editorial product. We all -- readers and writers alike -- stand to benefit from that combination.”   in “Authors of Kindle Singles Raking in Tens of Thousands of Dollars” (see below)

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#006 What Stops You from Writing and or Publishing a Book? John Lee Dumas Review Awakened Author Adventure Episode 6

What Stops You from Writing and or Publishing a Book? Awakened Author Adventure Episode 6

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Bright, busy people such as yourself can find a million reasons why it's not the right time to write your book. You'll discover 6 common stoppers in this episode and see why none of the issues you think are the problem are actually the problem!

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Does Self Publishing a Book Mean I Will Never Get a Major Publishing Deal?

Does Self Publishing a Book Mean I Will Never Get a Major Publishing Deal?

Would-be authors sometimes express fear about self publishing a book. “Doesn't that mean I will never get a publishing deal?”

Whether or not you will ever get a major publishing deal is not for me to say. My crystal ball has a mind of its own, and she tends to show me things happening on other planets.

Here is an example of how self publishing a book paid off big-time for one author. Stick with me afterwards for some helpful hints for YOU.

Stay Tuned: A Self-Published Book About TV Gets a Major Publishing Pick-Up


In the course of chronicling the modern-day history of television, the author Alan Sepinwall has made a bit of history himself, becoming the rare self-published author to be picked up by a major press. On Wednesday, it was announced that the Touchstone imprint of Simon & Schuster had acquired his well-regarded book “The Revolution Was Televised,” which Mr. Sepinwall put out late last year.

In this book (which is subtitled “The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever”) Mr. Sepinwall, a television critic for the Web site, looks at the impact that shows like “The Sopranos” and “Mad Men” and show runners like David Chase and Matthew Weiner have had in reinvigorating the hour-long dramatic format.

Reviewing “The Revolution Was Televised” for The New York Times in December, Michiko Kakutani wrote that Mr. Sepinwall combined “smart, fair-minded assessments meant to provoke discussion” and interviews with creative talent, producers and executives to provide “a terrific book”; she also named it one of her 10 favorite books of 2012.

As with many of the TV success stories he writes about, Mr. Sepinwall encountered several “no”s before he finally heard “yes.”

Mr. Sepinwall said in a telephone interview on Wednesday that Touchstone had been one of the publishers he met with when he was shopping his proposal for “The Revolution Was Televised” about a year ago, though the project was turned down then.

“The proposal wound up being a little bit different from the book I wrote, and so I don’t necessarily blame them for passing at the time,” said Mr. Sepinwall, who planned to draw mostly from reporting he had already done on his site.

“When I got mostly rejections and one sort-of offer that I wasn’t crazy about it, I decided I’m going to go this route,” he said, referring to his strategy to self-publish the book. “The next thing I knew, I was doing fresh interviews with everybody – I’m not exactly sure how I had time to do that.”

After his book was reviewed in The Times and elsewhere, Mr. Sepinwall said he was contacted again by Touchstone, which was now interested in acquiring it.

“I like the idea that the book could exist in brick-and-mortar stores, could be on college syllabi,” he said. “I was pleased with the idea of being able to go back to the very beginning of the project.” He declined to provide exact sales figures for the book’s self-published release but said they were “well beyond my wildest expectations.”

Lauren Spiegel, an editor at Touchstone who acquired “The Revolution Was Televised” for the imprint, said of Mr. Sepinwall, “I was already in the bag for him, and have been such a fan for a long time.”

Touchstone is planning its release of “The Revolution Was Televised” “as soon as we can,” she said, with a paperback edition planned for the early spring and an e-book edition possibly coming earlier.

A version of this article appeared in print on 01/04/2013, on page C2 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Self-Published Book Gets a Major Deal.

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Tips for independent (self) publishing authors from Ronda

1. SERVE your audience.

2. Write a good book worth reading

3. Use the world's biggest publishers rather than some obscure guy who wants to take your firstborn child in exchange for publishing.

4. Put your book in its proper place. You need other offerings, such as courses, services or workshops, besides your book.

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Is Self Publishing Dominating the Publishing Industry?

Is Self Publishing Dominating the Publishing Industry?

Self publishing has grown up. No longer whispered about and treated with all the respect one might show a drug addict, today, self publishing is a respectable and much more accessible alternative to its snobby big brother, New York publishing.

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Following are some amazing statistics about the growth of self publishing from a leading researcher. I have made some slight formatting changes and underlined key points to help you get the most from this information.:

Self-Publishing Sees Triple-Digit Growth in Just Five Years, Says Bowker®

CreateSpace, Smashwords and Author Solutions dominate infrastructure landscape

New Providence, NJ - October 24, 2012 - The number of self-published books produced annually in the U.S. has nearly tripled, growing 287 percent since 2006, and now tallies more than 235,000 print and “e” titles, according to a new analysis of data from Bowker® Books In Print and Bowker® Identifier Services.

The research explores the dramatic U.S. growth of an area once relegated to the fringes of publishing. It finds that while production increases are occurring in both print and e-book formats, the latter is driving the greatest percentage gains. It also shows that while self-publishing may seem like a cottage industry, it is dominated by large firms that offer publishing services to individual authors.

Self-publishing is now supported by a sophisticated and highly accessible support structure,” said Beat Barblan, Director of Identifier Services for Bowker, an affiliate of information powerhouse ProQuest.

“It’s provided everyone who has a story to tell with a method for sharing it and leveled the playing field to an unprecedented degree. This is no longer just vanity presses at work – self-publishing is out of the dark corners and making its way into the mainstream.

Notable success stories include a number of self-published authors landing their titles onto the prestigious New York Times bestseller list for ebook fiction.

Bowker’s research into self-publishing was prompted by an earlier study that showed 2011’s 148,424 self-published print books represented about 43 percent of that year’s total traditional print output and contributed to the first significant expansion in print production since 2007.

While print accounts for 63 percent of self-published books, e-books are gaining fast.

E-book production in 2011 was 87,201, up 129 percent over 2010. Print grew 33 percent in the same period.

While self-publishing is a DIY undertaking, Bowker’s analysis shows its infrastructure is made up of a handful of large firms. In 2011,

  • CreateSpace dominated the print segment, supporting the creation of 58,412 titles (39 percent of self-published print books).
  • Smashwords topped the e-book producers with 40,608 titles (nearly 47 percent of total self-published e-books).
  • The combined divisions of Author Solutions (part of Penguin Group) produced a total of 47,094 titles and
  • Lulu Enterprises checks in with 38,005 titles.
  • The Bowker analysis shows that beyond these four players, no company has more than 10 percent of market share.
  • Small presses, a category that is defined as publishers who have produced 10 or fewer books, accounted for 34,107 self-published titles -- 21,256 print and 12,851 e-books -- in 2011.

Print book production by small presses increased more than 74 percent between 2006 and 2011 -- hearty growth that’s dwarfed by CreateSpace’s 1702 percent increase during the same period.

While marketing their works remains the next great hurdle for self-published authors, Bowker research points to major influencers within their control.

Bowker surveys of book consumer habits show that authors can effectively reach more readers with online excerpts, retailer recommendations and customer reviews.

Bowker is the official ISBN Agency for the United States and its territories. The Books In Print® database derives a valuable portion of its information from these ISBN assignments, providing the nation’s most comprehensive view of book production. The Self-Publishing Report and other Bowker® Market Research studies that illuminate the business of books are available at

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What these numbers mean to YOU

You don't hneed to try to get a book published by a New York Publisher. It's very hard, and the system is broken.

Now, you can self-publish in any of several affordable and respectable ways.

What to consider

Your book is about more than your book.

  • What are your goals and plans?
  • What else do you have to offer?
  • Is your website ready with an “optin page” (a way for people to get something great from you when they give contact info)?
  • Do you have a way for people to continue their journey with you by purchasing other products, services or programs?

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Writers, What’s Stopping You from Self Publishing Your Book?

I remember when I first started thinking about publishing a book about 7 years ago. The rampant feeling then was, "if you can't get a REAL publisher to publish your book, it must not be worth anything."

The times, they are a-changin'!

Now, for most authors who come to me for mentoring, I highly recommend independent publishing (self publishing).

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For one thing, it's not just "vanity presses" like there used to be. There are nice, legitimate, affordable (even FREE) ways to publish a book.

Examples of print publishers:

  • CreateSpace
  • LuLu

Examples of digital publishing services:

Those are just examples. There are many more.

Oh, how I love guest blogging! Nice way to bring fresh voices. Here's a guest post by Alessandra Macaluso to inspire you to publish a book now.

Writers: What's Stopping You?

Guest post by Alessandra Macaluso

Writers: do you have an idea for a book in mind? Have you already finished it? Maybe you’ve sent your manuscript out into the black hole of publishing companies, waiting to hear an answer – any answer – even it if is the dreaded “Thank you for your inquiry; however we are not accepting new author’s at this time.” Or maybe you are toying around with the idea of self-publishing your work.

There are no shortages of examples of self-publishing success. For instance, “50 Shades of Gray” was self-published. You don’t need me to convey the success of that series to make the point that not only is it possible to self-publish, but that you can actually pioneer your writing career with this method.

According to a Bowker Report published in October of 2012, “The number of self-published books produced annually in the U.S. has nearly tripled, growing 287 percent since 2006, and now tallies more than 235,000 print and ‘e’ titles.”

When it comes to deciding between a large publishing company, and self-publishing, the writing is on the wall.

And guess what? Even if your book is picked up by a large publishing house, you are still expect to hit the ground running and do your own promotional legwork. If you are going to have to do it anyway, why not own the rights to your work and make a larger profit from your sales?

Other Things to Consider

The downside to self-publishing is that you are on your own financially until you can start profiting from your book sales. Large publishers often pay authors an “advance” to get the book started. But in the case of self-publishing, there are no advances. But you do have tools at your disposal.

For example, there is Kickstarter, the online “crowd funding” tool that allows you to create a campaign for your project and have others fund it for you. Some have been able to quit their day jobs and devote their undivided time and energy this way, getting a project off the ground before any profits come rolling in.

Or, you can do things the old fashioned way: come home from your day job, put a large pot of coffee on, and burn the midnight oil for months on end until your story makes its way onto paper. It takes a unique blend of time, passion, and a little bit of crazy to write a book. And my hunch is that if you are truly a passionate writer, you’ll choose the latter.

In short, you no longer need access to a large publishing house to publish your book. Now, all you need is an idea, some time, and a computer to get your writing down. With the endless options to explore to self-publish your book, there is literally no one stopping you. So I just have one question: what are you waiting for?

This article was written by Alessandra Macaluso.  Alessandra is an Author, Blogger, Writer and DIY addict who loves to share lifestyle tips and recipes on her personal blog.

Authors, Share Your Book with Millions of Readers

More on Self Publishing from Ronda

Know how the book will help you follow your bliss. Writing and publishing a book isn't just about the book.

  1. Start with the end in mind. What are your ultimate goals for your book and beyond?
  2. Write a GOOD book worth reading.
  3. Hire a good editor. NOBODY can edit your own work.
  4. BUild relationships as you share your book and its message.
  5. Serve your audience well.

That's the BLISS system in brief!

Share your message - follow your B.L.I.S.S!:

 I highly regard CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing. .

They're easy, free, and linked to the world's best known marketplace.

Follow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

#1 bestselling author and mentor

Creator of the BLISS Butterfly and the Awakened Author Challenge