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#1 of 5 Old 11-04-2008, 03:10 AM - Thread Starter
 
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So I don't even have my book written yet, but I'm considering self-publishing. That was I can get my foot in the door of the writing world and start making a name for myself. But I'm concerned about paying for it. How much does it usually cost to self-publish? And how does one go about getting the books into the bookstores, rather than just being available online?

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Amazon has a print-on-demand program that's free, I think

http://lisashea.com/lisabase/writing...bookpublished/

check the menu on the side about free print-on-demand
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So I don't even have my book written yet, but I'm considering self-publishing. That was I can get my foot in the door of the writing world and start making a name for myself. But I'm concerned about paying for it. How much does it usually cost to self-publish? And how does one go about getting the books into the bookstores, rather than just being available online?
are you considering fiction or non-fiction? for fiction, self-publishing is the opposite of foot in the door. for non-fiction, if you have a unique subject AND will sell a lot of copies (and are willing to work on distribution, marketing, etc) this could possibly work. but only if your sales are significant. and honestly i have no idea what "significant" means, but is all about sales, not about having a book in a print form.

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Coming out of semi-lurking to agree with Ania. Self-publishing would be, I think, a good way for somebody who wanted to write a memoir to share with friends and family, but there is, unfortunately, no way to pay your way into the publishing world (many brick and mortar stores won't sell self-published books, or will only carry a very few.) Certainly, there have been a few authors who successfully self-published, but the vast majority of writers who become authors do it "the old-fashioned way."

If I were you, I would concentrate on getting my book written first. Planning on publication takes creative juices away from your words!! Then edit it a million times and start sending it off to agents and/or publishers who fit your book.

However, if you are still interested in self-publishing, you might want to check here: http://www.writersweekly.com. You can find a lot of information about scams and false advertising here and Angela Hoy runs a self-publishing company called Booklocker.

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And one more thing. I hear, again and again, that Publish America is not a good option, and is close to being a rip-off.

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