Self-published? No More Shame

21 Oct 2013 9:34 AM | Anonymous

Not so long ago, self-published authors were treated like the black sheep in the family.

You were shamed into thinking you weren't worthy if the big New York publishing houses ignored your book.

Those days, finally, are over. Self-published authors are almost on equal footing with authors who have big publishers behind their titles. And that means opportunities galore to sell more books.

Book distributor Amy Collins says she's seeing a success rate of as high as 90 percent when she tries to get self-published titles into bookstores.


Because many self-published authors have dedicated themselves to learning as much as they can about how to write and publish quality books. They also know how to take advantage of the many online opportunities to spread the word about their titles, such as "chunking" excerpts into interesting tidbits that beg to be shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Ebooks make it easier than ever to publish quality books without spending thousands of dollars. If you do it right, the book can become a best-seller, get picked up by a major publishing house and even make it onto the big screen. Example: 50 Shades of Grey started as a self-published ebook in Australia. It got a seven-figure deal from Vintage and vaulted to the top of the New York Times print bestseller list without ever being in print in the U.S.

Opportunities galore for self-published authors and indie publishers are one of 12 book publishing trends you'll learn about when you join me for a free webinar from 8 to 9:15 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Register for the webinar, How to Use 12 Book Publishing Trends to Sell More Books.
In addition to the trends I'll identify in book publicity, several other book experts will explain trends they're seeing or predicting in book marketing, distribution and printing.

This is the fourth free webinar in a series to whet your appetite for the cruise we're hosting Jan. 18-23 in the Caribbean for newbie and veteran authors. Midnight Sunday night, Oct. 20, is the deadline for registering and being eligible to win a free cruise.

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