|09-10-2012, 07:57 PM||#47|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Device: Kindle (4th gen)
|09-11-2012, 04:23 AM||#48|
Join Date: Jul 2012
Device: Kobo touch
Ebook Authors Continue To See Self-Publishing Stigma Disappear
from the no-more-barriers dept
As the recent news about ebooks has mostly revolved around the price-fixing settlement that was just approved, it's worth pointing out, or reiterating, how the ebook market continues to take off despite being a digital marketplace with all the same potential pitfalls as the recording industry. Despite those potential troubles, we continue to see a rise in the popularity and saleability of self-published authors, long sufferers of the antiquated myth that if you weren't published by a big publishing house you weren't really published at all.
|09-21-2012, 12:15 AM||#50|
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Hot Springs, Arkansas
Back in the marketplace after 22 years
I self published in 1990. Distributors didn't want to handle self published books so I did all I could to look like a small press, which I was. I struggled through getting a Library of Congress Number and ISBN, all through the mail and over the phone. I sweet talked Gordons, the distributor in Denver to handle the book, and visited their sales room where they were calling bookstores recommending books. I gave a copy to every salesperson and they sold 175 copies that day. The book was about a door to door salesman, which I used to be. That helps.
Ingram was a bxxxx. They did everything they could to keep from handling my book, and their territory (mainly east of the Mississippi, Gordons was bigger in the west) was where the story took place; that hurt. Finally, a year after publication they handled it. Baker and Taylor was equally hard to deal with. Amazon started a small press program in about 1992 and I sold a total of 5 copies with them before I moved to Europe with the Air Force and gave it up.
When I came back from Europe I was stationed in Washington, DC, and I went to the Library of Congress and checked out my book. It was actually, physically there! That was a thrill. I called my mother from the reading room to share the experience. She was not impressed; she had read the word bastard in the first line of my book and never read any further.
Now I'm back, electronic and paper. Today, it's all about web sites and file transfers. I'm learning. I've sold 28 copies, and given away 224 in the first month. They say that's the way to do it. We'll see.
|09-22-2012, 02:12 PM||#51|
Join Date: Oct 2011
Device: KB kindle aboard, Galx Tab 7.0 Plus, trying out Droid 1 as mini-tab
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