A Cautionary Tale For Self Publishers

November 13, 2007 by Chuck | 4 Comments

In the internet era, publishing your own book is amazingly easy.

So is shooting yourself in the foot.

There’s a reason that many people earn a living in the publishing industry and take a cut of the profits from the printing to the bookshelf. And that’s because it’s not as easy as it looks.

If publishing or writing is your dreamed about work at home business, this is the article you need to read:

Writing the Book on Self-Help:A Publisher’s Cautionary Tale

The picture of the self-publisher with a garage full of books tells the story all by itself!

Publishing books is the easy part. SELLING THEM is the hard part. 15,398 books later… well, read the story.

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  • DJ Nelson on November 13th, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    I know plenty of people who want to dabble in self publishing. It seems like everyone wants their own book but they don’t want to make plans on how they are going to sell it.

    I will definitely be passing this along.

  • Mike on November 13th, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    I have authored 3 books and my royalty is 10%.. which is pretty sad. I wanted to do medical continuing ed classes online. Same problem, my work, others take all the money. Then I found a great site, http://www.myicourse.com. which allows me to create as many classes as I want, at NO COST. I keep all the money. If you want to get out of the publishing world, and keep all the royalties, you should see this site. I went to Google and the reviews for myicourse were all positive. Good luck. MJS

  • Chuck on November 14th, 2007 at 7:23 am

    Mike, my question about these free Web 2.0 applications is… “And you make money how?”

    This site makes money through advertising. Depending on what you’re promoting that may or may not detract from your course.

    Are you thinking of using this for a one time course? Or in lieu of a membership site? I guess that’s part of the issue as well.

    Also, if they don’t make enough money with ads, make sure you have your own backups somewhere safe!

  • danakeith on July 9th, 2008 at 3:34 am

    yes.. it’s very hard to sell one out in the market, though your book consist of great story.

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