Make More Money by Self-Publishing Online

28May

Make More Money by Self-Publishing Online

I was listening to the radio when my ears perked up by some extra-pertinent information: how the business of publishing is changing – and how authors are making more money than ever using the internet.

There have traditionally been two ways to get your book in front of a mass audience: you either get signed by a publishing company, or you make the leap and publish the book yourself, fronting the bill for printing out of your own pocket.

Enter the internet. Now the longstanding pastime of reading has gone digital, primarily with the success of Amazon.com’s Kindle, the PDA that allows people to download books, magazines, and newspapers and carry an entire virtual library in their briefcases. It was the Kindle that proved that people are willing to pay for a downloaded book, which is where the self-publisher comes in. The only problem is that Amazon controls what can be downloaded – usually best-sellers and national periodicals.

But now there are online-only self-publishing sites. This means that authors who are interested in self-publishing – scholars, artists, up-and-comers, you and me – can self-publish on the web and keep more of the sales profits. Why? No buying paper, ink, no marketing budget … the savings goes on and on. Most importantly, it’s the most democratic way to publish: anyone can publish their important work, regardless of what big publishers think, and regardless of how much money you have.

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Photo by nicholas macgowanThere are a couple of self-publishing sites out there that are quickly growing in popularity among self-publishers and reading-enthusiasts alike: www.Scribd.com and www.Lulu.com.

Scribd is the newest internet sensation that’s really shaking up self-publishing. Authors can upload their latest work for sale, set a point price for each download, and – the best part – keep 80% of the sale price. That’s $8 in your pocket for every $10 download you sell, an unheard of profit in the publishing business.

Lulu.com offers a variety of self-publishing services for books, e-books, CDs and DVDS, calendars, etc. They’re more of a jack-of-all-trades in the self-publishing business. They can help you design and market a hardcover version of your book, or help you format and upload your e-book. Poke around their website – there’s a cost calculator and many different publishing packages that can help you decide which publishing option is the best one for you.

Want a little more reading? See the original NPR transcript about Scribd.com, and take a look at Tomorrow Museum’s recent blog, The New Self-Publishing.

Posted by Michelle  Posted on 28 May 
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  • Post Comments 14

    Posted by Sherrisheprow on
    • Jun 5 2009
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    Hi, Congratulations to the site owner for this marvelous work you've done. It has lots of useful and interesting data.
    Posted by Kathy on
    • Jun 18 2009
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    I didn't even know you could publish online. I am so gonna look into this. Thanks!
      Posted by Wintress on
      • Jun 18 2009
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      Let us know if you need any help!
    Posted by Forex trading systems on
    • Jul 3 2009
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    Hey I need some help, Can you tell me the sources for online publishing?
      Posted by Wintress on
      • Jul 16 2009
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      To publish online, you really only need two things: 1) something to publish (like an ebook) 2) a website You post your ebook on your website, and viola! -- you've published online! Now, of course, getting people to find and purchase your ebook after that is a whole separate process (and a new blog post!) I'm putting that one on my to do list...
    Posted by Home Security on
    • Jul 29 2009
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    Some folks may think that self-publishing began with the invention of the PC (personal computer) and others may be convinced that it has really taken off with the arrival of Adsense.Still, as wonderful and revolutionary as these developments were, none of them comes anywhere near what Google Adsense has done for self-publishers world-wide.
    Posted by Caren Tanady on
    • Aug 19 2009
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    Posted by Online Geld Verdienen on
    • Sep 13 2009
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    In the Netherlands there are lot af sites were amateur writers can publish there stuff. Myself did it twice and sold a lot of books. Offline publishers having a diffeciult time now. Online it is cheap fast and more potentiel buyers.
    Posted by Design Horloge on
    • Mar 27 2010
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    That's a big improvement for not well known authors. We all know how hard it is to get your book published the old way. This way you also don't have much financial risk when the book doesn't sell good. Great development.
    Posted by Mark Lieberman on
    • Jul 12 2010
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    Amazon's Kindle is great! I have a few books there myself. But if you are going to write a book for Kindle in the future, Think about adding some color photos to your text. Because since the Apple iPAD came out, it's no longer just a black and white thing, it's a color world now. The future Kindle's will have color screens just like the Apple iPADs. So this means that writers that have books on Kindle with color photos will have an advantage over writers that have just plain boring B&W text.
    Posted by Michelle on
    • Dec 3 2010
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    Myself did it twice and sold a lot of books. Offline publishers having a diffeciult time now.
    Posted by Carmen Bennett on
    • May 17 2011
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    "Myself did it twice and sold a lot of books. Offline publishers having a diffeciult time now." I beg to disagree, even with the advent of online publishing and all this ebook stuff offline publishers is still going strong and the reason for that is not all people can buuy a kindle, ipad, or nook.
    Posted by Peni Gardner on
    • May 26 2011
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    Although online publication has been thriving this past few year I still believe the offline publication hasn't died off. One example is the Harry Potter series.
    Posted by Anthony Saba on
    • Jun 15 2011
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    I support Peni Gardner's comment, many people still love to have collectibles. Though they can find stories on-line, they still want a remembrance of the story they'd love.

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