Self-Publish or Traditional Publish?

Publishing Houses vs Print on Demand

By Deborah S. Nelson

Traditional Publishing vs self-publishing–that is the question. With publishing likely to be the last industry to “go digital”; we have the same debate photography music, travel and other online industries have experienced.

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Traditional Publishing vs Self Publishing

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Traditional publishing has used film, darkroom, negatives, and four-color separations. Digital photography has eliminated expensive and time-consuming processes. Now with the use of the digital printing press, book publishing has eliminated plates, four-color separations, printing presses, and large print runs. Traditional publishing printing presses are expensive to run. With one book so expensive, an average of 10,000 books needs to be printed to make it cost-effective. This also means that thousands of books need to sell before a publishing company makes a profit.

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Because of this, it is necessary for an author to publicize their book on radio, television, and print, to stimulate the number of sales needed. In order to publish through a traditional publishing company, the publisher will want to know that an author will sell at least 10,000 books. More likely they would expect sales of 100,000 books or more. Therefore, when selecting books, publishing houses are careful to select authors they know will sell enough books to cover overhead. Many publishing companies these days are selecting authors already celebrities for the mass sales needed.

Self-Publishing is Synonymous with Digital Publishing—Video Explains Digital Publishing

Digital publishing is so affordable that most people who can read, write, and use a computer can prepare a book file for printing. Difficulties include understanding the self-publishing process which makes the writer the publisher. The self-publisher is responsible for cover design, printer choice, editorial functions, back cover copy, author bio, headshots, photography and images, interior layout and design, copyright, publicity, marketing, and sales. These areas require specialized training and are often hired out using professional sub-contractors. The video gives an overview of publishing vs self-publishing. Use the Publishing SOLO Self-Publishing Checklist for the best grasp of the basic steps needed to publish your own book.

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Pros and Cons of Self Publishing vs Traditional Publishing

Traditional Publishing Pros

  • You are not involved with the publishing process.
  • Credibility associated with an established publishing house
  • Friends and family will be impressed you signed with a publishing co.
  • You will be given an advance of several thousand dollars for your book.
  • A publishing house is responsible for marketing, distribution, and sales of your books.

Traditional Publishing Cons

  • Your creativity is limited; they have the final say on these matters.
  • Royalties average .10-.75 per book;  This may barely cover the advance given.
  • You do not own all your copyrights; these are shared with the publisher.
  • They may not market your book very well, especially if you are not a celebrity author.
  • It likely takes years to get your manuscript accepted by a publisher and years to publish.

Self-Publishing Cons

  • Being your own publisher is hard work and requires a learning curve.
  • You will incur publishing expenses, such as the book cover design, printing, etc.
  • Distribution, marketing, and sales will fall 100% on your shoulders.
  • The book quality may not be as good as traditional publishers.
  • The perfectionism of self-publisher could cause the book project to derail.

Self-Publishing Pros

  • You own all your copyrights forever.
  • Your royalties will be $4-$10 per book.
  • You have maximum creativity.
  • It is fast! Publish a book in three to six months.
  • You may give workshops and start speaking right away.

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Self Publishing a Book: Getting Started off on the Right Foot

 Self-Publishing a Book is Art & Science–Tools to Start off on the Right Foot


Self-Publishing

 

By Deborah S. Nelson

Before jumping into self-publishing a book, it’s an excellent idea to learn what is involved. Publishing SOLO has prepared some informative curriculum and tools to help you get started on the right foot.

Here is a list of our resources and the order we suggest.

4 COMPELLING RESOURCES FOR HOW TO PUBLISH A BOOK

1. Self-Publishing a Book Videos–Introduction to Digital Publishing

For a simple and fun introduction about self-publishing a book, Publishing SOLO has produced these four videos entitled Once Upon a Book. Watch these four videos first to get a basic idea of what self-publishing a book is; and the compelling reasons to do so.

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2. Intent to Self-Publish a Book Agreement

When traditional publishing houses decide to publish an author’s manuscript, an agreement is signed to initiate the book publishing project. I highly recommend to those of you who want to self-publishing a book. sign an agreement with yourself to propel yourself through the process. [aio_button align=”center” animation=”shake” color=”black” size=”small” icon=”heart” text=”DOWNLOAD Intent to Self-Publish Agreement” url=”http://eepurl.com/DLql1″]

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3. Dictionary of Self-Publishing Terms

A lot of times trouble, and needless expenses can be prevented by simply understanding the terms of self-publishing. A lot of people unknowingly use the wrong terms and end up confusing vendors, graphic artists, editors, and proof readers by using publishing terms incorrectly. Get the scoop right up front and learn basic publishing terms. You may download the Publishing SOLO Dictionary of Publishing Terms for free right here. This is a large file so please be patient and give it time to download.

4. Take a Self-Publishing Course or Hire a Publishing Coach

Honestly, this new era of digital publishing is often confusing. For example, “self-publishing” companies are not really self-publishing companies. They are printing companies, primarily. A self-publisher is an author (self) who takes on the responsibility of managing his or her own publishing process. Consider taking a self-publishing course to insure your success and to save thousands of dollars trying to successfully publish your book. Publishing SOLO offers a Publish Your Book Blueprint in 3 Days (online course) and complimentary 20-minute coaching sessions.
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The How of Google Author Verification-Part 3

Google Author Verification–The Gold of the World Wild Web

By Deborah S. Nelson

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Google Author Verification: The Gold of the World Wild West!

Google Author Verification is protection for your online gold, your content. Do you know that black hat spammers wrestle other’s content and use it to rank on Google? You thought www stands for the World Wide Web, but in my mind, www stands for the virtual WORLD WILD WEST! Your content is GOLD and you need to protect it . This is part 3 of Getting Google Author Verification, the steps of how to get protection for your golden content in the World Wild West of virtual real estate.


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Before we take Step 1, you might wonder why I am telling you how to do this, when Google is likely has the instructions available on the web. I tried those instructions. They were confusing, ambiguous, and incomplete. If you would like to try their way, here is the link to Google’s explanation how to get Google Author Verification (good luck).

For those still with me, the laymen class, following are  seven steps that will practically guarantee that you’ll get Google Author Verification status. I have done this for my authors now, seven in a row, and it has worked like a charm immediately. This was not true or myself. I did 3 all-nighters reading Google Instructions and others’ take on this process over and over again. I finally got it!

I put together a series of steps that has worked really well. Google doesn’t say you have to take all these steps, but I strongly recommend it, because it works. If you skip one or more steps you might have to do some all-nighters to figure it out, like I did!

Step 1: OPEN A GOOGLE PLUS ACCOUNT

Go to www.plus.google.com and open a Google Plus Account. You’ll need a Gmail address to do this if you don’t already have one. I know, I know, not another social (networking) obligation, you are thinking. I hear ya. However, if you only have one social media account, choose Google Plus. (I get no kickback or ad money from Google for writing this)

Step 2: VERIFY E-MAIL ADDRESS

The best way to help Google Plus connect the dots is to verify your e-mail address. The very best email address to verify is an email address that is associated with the domain where you have most of your articles published. This is not absolutely necessary, but important and will make the process go faster if you verify an email address.

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Step 3: WRITE & PUBLISH AUTHOR BIO

Write a short author biography such as one you would write for the back of a book. Include a profile photo and publish the bio to the page which publishes articles written by you. This is a key step in helping Google to connect the dots that you are a writer for this particular site. If you are a guest author on a site that you do not control, be sure that as a part of the agreement for providing them your original content, that they in return publish your author bio on their site. Include a photo, and suggest to their webmaster that they include your author name in the alt text area of the photo. This is great for the people who run the site, because if they have a Google Verified Author writing for them, it can increase their website authority and search engine rankings.

Step 4: GOOGLE AUTHOR = REL CODE

In this step we start to connect the dots for Google. Basically, Google wants to know that you are the original author of the material written. To help them be clear that this is the case you will need to place a link in your byline in articles you have written AND in the author bio area. Now this is fairly easy to do, if you know how to create a hyperlink. If you do not know how to create a hyperlink, learn how or get a web-geek type to do it. This is where it gets crazy with the Google Instructions. They tell you to place this “rel-author” code on the page, but they neglect to say where! The code looks like this below. The number is your profile number which can be found in the address bar in your Google Plus account. Substitute your Google Plus account number for my number; and then hyperlink your author name (by so and so) in each article you write to your Google Plus Profile. Test click on your author byline in your articles to be sure your byline is going to your Google Plus Profile.

https://plus.google.com/100623472600373724870?rel=author

Step 5: AUTHOR BIOS

Go to all of your author bios or profiles and insert the above link into your name. I suggest if you are an Amazon Author that you go to Amazon Author Central and create your author profile. Goodreads.com has a high ranking on Google, so I would suggest setting up an Author Profile there was well. Put your rel=author code as a hyperlink into your name. Spell your name the same way everywhere as you go through this process.

  Step 6: GOOGLE PLUS LINKING

Now go to your Google Plus profile, and find where you can edit your profile. At the bottom of all the blocks, you’ll find an option for links and custom links. These are not for random links. It is very important that you do this correctly. There are three sections of links. The first section is for profiles. This is where you need to put your author profiles. The first line is for you to name the link. Spell your author name exactly as it is spelled in your author bios and profiles. The second line that says “URL” simply copy and past the address of your Amazon.com Author Profile or any author profile you have online.

This step is critical. I found that after completing this step many of the authors I was working with finally received their Google Author Verification. The second block of links is for your articles. Be sure and put the exact name of the article in the first line of this custom link, and be aware that to the right it will ask if you are a current or past contributor. I always put “current.” The last block of links be sure to include any websites that to write for or publish on. Just put their link. You may include YouTube Videos if you produced them, or Quora articles if you answered a question, or anything of value you have written on published to the web. Hit SAVE at the bottom of the links section.

Step 7: STRUCTURED DATA TOOL

Once you have all of your published works entered into your Google Plus profile, coded your author by lines an author bios to point to your Google Plus profile, and your author bio profiles entered into your Google Plus profile, next you’ll want to test to see if your authorship has been verified. Now you can test it. Find a URL of the page that one of your articles is published and paste it into the URL field of Google’s Structured Data Testing Tool. 

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The Why of Getting Google Authorship-Part 2

Benefits of Getting Google Authorship

Before I explain to you how to go about getting Google Authorship, you will want to understand the benefits. As a Google Author you are you will get the following:

1. SILENT PLAGEURISM: Have you ever had your original writing or photos taken by someone else on the Internet to use your original works to rank their site on page one of Google? This may have happened to you, and you don’t even know it. Someone from Russia or China or India may have already hacked into your intellectual property and created websites from it.  Clever software is used that search engine optimizes the content and someone else profits from you material. Google Authorship puts a stop to this. Articles and published works to the World Wide Web will be connected to the Google verified author (hopefully you). Place the link from your works into your Google Plus account to be sure that Google understands this is your work. This is a terrific benefit.

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2. SEARCH ENGINE PHOTO: Getting Google Authorship will allow your photo to show up (at times) in Google Search Engine Results.  Which search engine result would rather click on?

Google will include your Google Plus Profile photo (randomly) in the search engine results connected with pages that show up for your different websites. This was a search for vacation rental guides, and my www.VacationRentalTravelGuide.com listing came up with my Google Authorship Photo included. This is powerful when people are faced with a lot of choices. It has been calculated that the clicking rate on listings with photos is more than double of the other listings. I can see why, it’s that much more attractive and offers credibility as well.

3SEARCH ENGINE RANKINGS: Your rankings as an author will positively affect your website’s rankings. I mentioned in the first article that Google is going to move towards ranking authors over ranking websites! What this means is Google wants to reward original and verified content. If you are a Google Verified Author, not only are they going to include your photo in search engine results but they will rank any website for which you are writing (or have written) higher in the search engine results. As time goes by Google will implement an Author Ranking system, but only after they get a cadre of verified authors to rank. This is in process now. Do you want an Author Rank? First thing be on the move for getting Google Authorship.

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What is Google Authorship? Part 1

How to Get Google Authorship

Google Authorship

Why Google Authorship?


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It is about time I address this early-information subject publically. I had insisted that all my authors for all my books and websites get Google Authorship for the past half year now. A somewhat complex subject, Google Authorship will become an important distinction for anyone who uses the Internet for income.

Simply put, Google is on the move to shift from ranking websites, to ranking authors. That means if your website is ranking well, it is not wise to count on that forever. Google is shifting the way they will show “who’s who” in the search engines. Most of us know by now that our business is not showing up in the organic search of Google that we are missing an economic opportunity.

Protecting Intellectual Property on the Web: But am I an Author?

You may not think you are an author but if you have ever published a post, a YouTube, written website articles, published your own website, or contributed to a blog as a guest blogger, Google and other search engines consider you an author. Well, sort of.  The World Wide Web has gone through a huge transformation in the past 15 years, since it began. When you write a blog, or article, or post, or even a commentary on Facebook, you have now published your writings to the web and Google and other search engines consider you an author or publisher. The is where Google authorship comes into play.

The Word Wide Web: The New Publishing Venue

In the late nineties, the web was a new toy. People played around with websites, using a lot of experimentation. A first the main idea was the idea that it was free, but that’s not much of a consideration any more. I remember my first website in about 1995. It was quite amateurish. But they all were.  We didn’t know what we were doing then. So it was a bit experimental. Now, billions of dollars are exchanged on the World Wide Web, and the platform has matured. Simply put, the Word Wide Web is the paper, and the keyboard is the new ink.

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Self-Publishing: What are the Parts of a Book?

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What are the Parts of  a Book?

You have written your manuscript.  But suddenly you realize…What are the parts of a book, and where do they belong? You have edited the book; or hired a professional content editor to assure that your content is consistent, makes sense to the generic reader, and flows well. You have decided to skip the process of  being rejected by a traditional publisher  and you are going the self-publishing route.

Great. You have created your book cover, author bio, and synopsis and quick sales pitch on the back of the book; even included an ISBN number  in the exact place it belongs on the back cover of the book.  You have started an account with a print on demand company and are ready to prepare the interior of your book for publication. You are on the right track.

But wait.  This is where learning how to self publish a book yourself can get tricky. You can’t just start this book with Chapter One! What are the parts of a book? Here is a quick guide to what belongs in a basic book:

1. FRONT MATTER: Blank page, Praise for page, Title page, Epigraph page, Copyright page, half title page, Foreword, Introduction, Preface, Dedication acknowledgements, List of Illustrations.

2. BODY of the BOOK: Basically the narrative part of the book, to include section or divider pages, headers that define each chapter, author name, name of book, pages numbers, and design elements.

3. BACK MATTER: Will include end notes or footnotes, indexes, appendices, resource sections, notes, About the Author, Other Books by the Author, and a final blank page.

Not all books include all these options. There are no hard and fast rules, and you may want to refer to a style guide to get a more accurate listing and definition of the parts of a book. Or you can buy my new book, Publish Your Book Blueprint in 3 Days, a guide to the parts of a published book in proper chronological order. For more detailed instructions to  learn how to publish a book yourself, go to the home page.

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Self-Publishing Honeymoon Over-Censorship!

Self-Publishing Honeymoon Over!

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author/Publisher Publishing SOLO & VRTG

Apparently, the self-publishing honeymoon is over! At Publishing SOLO, I make it my concern to report the good, the bad, and the ugly of the self-publishing industry. I want our readers and authors-in-the-making thoroughly educated when they decide to self-publish. Today I am reporting the ugly side of self-publishing … censorship.

The beauty of self-publishing is the ability to skip the manuscript submission process with the resulting rejection letters. This allows for the ability to publish works  quickly without the nit-picky screening of major publishing houses. Many publishing houses have turned down best-selling books time and time again; which makes one wonder if they know how to select a good book. (See Top 10 Most Rejected Bestselling Authors).

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Digital Book World day before yesterday, published a comprehensive article by  on the subject of censorship in self-publishing. See what Richard has to say about the ugly dark side of self publishing:

It all seemed so sweet; anybody can get their book published on Kobo or Amazon without having to endure a zillion rejections from picky publishers, and what’s more they can pocket the lion’s share of the sale. What could be more liberating? But like everything on the net, there is always a dark side. As Amazon and Barnes & Noble scramble to remove titles listed by the technology news site The Kernel, the books and magazine retailer W H Smiths in the UK has shut down their entire website to block access and their notice states they will not be displaying any self-published books when it returns until they can be entirely satisfied with the content. So what are the implications of this sudden turn of events and why has it suddenly arisen?

This is a tough moment for online retailers of content because by removing books from sale they clearly admit that this content is unsuitable or breaks laws. Unlike the agency model pioneered by Apple and shot down by the US Justice department, the sales contract lies between the consumer and the seller and therefore there is a real prospect that retailers have liability, but this is for a lawyer to argue.

Questions will be asked again about what controls existed to prevent these books getting into their catalogue. Designing sites with a freedom to publish comes with a responsibility to design in as many safeguards as possible. However, it is simply not practicable for every self-published text to be read before publication without massively slowing down growth and adding to cost. Events suggest that the balance has gone awry and moreover it may not be so simple to fix.

Age verification is very difficult to police and particularly on large aggregator sites such as Amazon or Kobo with millions of books available in all genres. These identified poisonous writings can turn up in search results made by children and are not secured behind a gated area as they have not been identified by the systems as harmful. This is site architecture and safeguards and not a simple patch, and so it seems that W H Smith saw the only responsible option was to shut down.

No sane person wants to act as a censor to free speech so are we now expecting Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and others to become censors and judge what is acceptable? These are international sites that cross cultural, legal and religious borders where sensitivities are all different. Of course publishers conducted this work before books reached the retailers, but there is no one to do this with self-publishers, and we now see the result. (See More)

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Includes a downloadable interior template
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Self-Published Bestsellers Top NY Times List

Self-Published Bestsellers are Romance Authors

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author/Publisher Publishing SOLO & VRTG

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Self-Published Bestsellers

Romance authors are some of the self-published bestsellers exploding in the self-publishing genre. With the middle man of traditional publishing out of the loop; books are less expensive and authors can make a real living from royalties. Interestingly, rejection letters from traditional publishing companies are commonplace such as with romance author Stevens, who hit number one on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

A recent event in Seattle covered by a local news station interviewed self-published bestsellers and romance author S. C. Stevens:

SEATTLE – Hundreds of excited fans will line up to see celebrities in Seattle this weekend. They aren’t movie stars or musicians, they’re writers, and some are best-selling authors with passionate followings.

They all started without the help of a publishing company, taking part in a revolution in the book world that lets writers print their own books, and make money while they’re at it.

Author S.C. Stephens is part of the Seattle author event, which is a short trek from her home in the Puget Sound region.

For Stephens, a day at the office starts with a cup of coffee in the kitchen. Next stop, her computer, just a couple rooms away.

Gone are the days of being a bookkeeper, commuting between businesses, and answering to multiple bosses.

“I usually worked over 40 hours in the week just to make ends meet,” Stephens described.  “It’s just completely changed all of that. I quit all of my jobs and I just stay home with my kids.”

She quit all of her jobs except her dream job. Stephens spends her days weaving romantic tales that have fans gushing over the “epic love story” that’s “utterly delicious, addictive and angst-filled.”

Those reader reviews on Amazon are for “Reckless,” the final book in a trilogy that began as a self published phenomenon.

Stephens launched the series with “Thoughtless” – a novel she first published, free to read, chapter by chapter online.

“They loved it. Almost instantly there were reviews and comments. They were falling in love with the characters. It was very strange,” she laughed.

When Stephens decided to stop giving “Thoughtless” away for free, she used a self publishing website called Smashwords. On the site, authors publish and price their own e-books, getting them directly to major retailers.

Mark Coker founded Smashwords.

“It’s been incredible fun to see writers who were previously rejected by the large publishers now selling hundreds of thousands of books,” Coker said.  “It’s great to see writers dreams realized.”

Coker knew what authors faced, after penning a book with his wife that no publisher would take a chance on.

“Smashwords allows me to take a risk on every single author.  It allows me to give every single author in the world, every writer in the world, a chance. A chance to publish, a chance to be read, distribution to the world’s largest retailers and the opportunity for the readers to judge whether that writer is worth reading,” Coker said.

He founded the company in 2008 and helped authors self publish 140 books. By 2012, Smashwords was a $20 million dollar company that published more than 200,000 books.

Authors are making money, too. Coker says an author earns about $2.00 by selling a self-published book for $2.99.

Through a traditional publishing house, he says the book would have to sell for $10.00 for the author to make that same $2.00 profit.

The driving force in the self published world is romance. Author Colleen Hoover was living in a Texas trailer park when she self published her romance novel “Slammed” through Amazon.

“I did try to query agents and I got a lot of rejection letters,” Hoover told ABC’s Nightline earlier this year. “The book had already come out and I was getting rejection letters after it hit the New York Times.”  (See More)

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Includes a downloadable interior template
Displays parts of a book in chronological order
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Sets up free ISBN number and self-publishing account
Gets your blueprint published in 3 days! (shipping extra)

 

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Rejected Bestselling Book Publishing Authors

Self-Publishing Saves Time & Rejection in Book Publishing

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By Deborah S. Nelson, Author/Publisher Publishing SOLO & VRTG

This article lists our 10 Most Rejected Best Selling Authors in Book Publishing who went on to publish after a multitude of rejections by publishers to sell millions of books! Below are some amazing examples of what I believe to be the biggest advantage to Self-Publishing! Think about all the time and trauma writers have gone through to get their book accepted for publication by a traditional publishing house. Think about it—years and years of submissions and rejection letters.

Dr. Seuss’s first children’s book was published in 1937. With no Xerox copy machines in existence at that time, he would have typed his original copy, mailed it to a publisher, and then waited for it in return mail, so he could send it out again. This probably took at least 4 years before he found someone to accept his book for publication!

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Even up to 10 years ago, a writer is required to mail their manuscript with a self-addressed return envelope and wait for the publisher to read and return it. When I worked inside a publishing house, as the one who read and returned literally hundreds of manuscripts per week; I know many the manuscripts and rejection letter were not returned from me for 30-60 days! The following Top 10 Rejected Authors in book publishing have another story to tell:

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Chicken Soup for the Soul Best Seller Rejected by Traditional Publishing Houses

NUMBER 1: Chicken Soup for the Soul, by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen was rejected 140 times before published. They were too positive, life affirming, and lacking drama, many publishers said. The public responded well to this encouraging series of books. The Series went onto sell over 143 million copies in 37 languages; and topped every best seller list in book publishing.

NUMBER 2: Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert Pirsig, published in 1974, chronicles a 17-day journey across the USA by motorcycle and is a philosophical classic about the meaning of life and the metaphysics of quality. Rejected 121 times—this book has sold over 5 million books worldwide.

NUMBER 3: Gone with the Wind, one of the most classic romances of all times, by Margaret Mitchell was rejected 38 times sold over 30 million copies; and win the Pulitzer Prize in 1937. The 1939 movie made of Mitchell’s love story, which starred Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, is the highest grossing Hollywood film of all time; factored in was dollar’s value during that time.
 NUMBER 4: Dr. Seuss’s first children’s book called “And to Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street,” published in 1937 was rejected 27 or 28 times according to Seuss; others reported up to some 44 rejections. Seuss has stated that he nearly burned the manuscript before its publication after being rejected by publishers. This author later went on to publish 44 children’s books for a total of over half a BILLION books sold! He published a book for every rejection he may have received; sweet revenge for him.

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NUMBER 5: Carrie, Stephen King’s first book, was rejected 30 times. ‘We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias. They do not sell,” one publisher wrote. King did throw it in the trash, but the book was fished out by his wife and King continued to submit it until accepted. A classic in the horror genre, Carrie launched King’s writing career and he published some 50 novels which have sold a total of 350 million copies all told.

NUMBER 6: John Gresham, an author and an attorney, best known for his legal thrillers, submitted A Time to Kill, to 14 publishers and 15 agents before it finally published in 1989; for a total of 31 rejections. We have no stats on how well this first novel sold, but as of 2008, John Gresham has sold over 250 million novels.

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NUMBER 7: An epic science-fiction novel, Dune, published in 1965, was rejected by 23 publishers before being accepted for publication and selling an estimated 12 million copies. Dune is possibly the best science fiction selling book in history having won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1966 and the Nebula Award for best science fiction novel. Dune was followed by five sequels, and a film version of the book starring rock star Sting remains a cult favorite.

NUMBER 8: Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach, published in 1970 is a prose narrative about a seagull with a passion for flight who explores the joy of flying as a spiritual metaphor. This novella received 18 rejection letters and went on to sell 30 million copies sold worldwide; and was also made into a major motion picture.

NUMBER 9: Irving Stone’s Lust for Life, a biographical novel of the life of Vincent van Gogh, received one rejection letter that read “a long, dull novel about an artist.” Once accepted, it later sold 25 million copies, although it was reportedly rejected 16 times.

NUMBER 10: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first in a series of fantasy novels by British Author J. K. Rowling and has sold 450 million books in the series. Harry Potter, fantasy-wizard main character, has inspired the story line for some of the best-selling movies of all time. This first book in the series was rejected by 12 publishers. This book series has been published in 67 languages and is likely to be the highest selling book series in history.
Getting to the finishing line is a lot easier with digital publishing. We are thankful for the technology and the advances that allow us to be creative without going through this time consuming, ego-crushing submission and rejection process. Many really good authors and books have been eliminated by this process.

The industry of  book publishing is making dramatic changes. With self publishing and print on demand you will not need to experience the rejection like these authors did. Want to learn more about how to self publish your own book? Want to learn how to self-publish in 3 days?

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Self-Publishing Now $52 BILLION Dollar Industry

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Manuscripts Coming out of Hiding for Self-Publishing

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author/Publisher Publishing SOLO & VRTG

I read a new report today that estimated the self-publishing industry to be a $52 million a year industry! The times are changing in the publishing industry. We did not expect these kinds of numbers, but apparently a large amount people are bringing their manuscripts out of hiding!

This report by New Publisher House says that self-published titles are eight times the number of mainstream published new titles. With this updated information, it is not surprising that this 52 billion figure is actually double what traditional publishing in the United States brings to the economy. See what the article says:

The self-publishing has created a new publishing market that totals $52 billion in revenues, according to a new report from media technology firm New Publisher House. According to the report, this is twice as much money as the traditional book publishing industry in the U.S. brings in in its current total annual sales revenue.

The State of Independence 2014 report looked at insights gathered from publishing executives, Amazon, Google and industry data to come up with its conclusions. The report also revealed that the number of aspiring self-published authors that have completed manuscripts is more than 100 times the number of actual published authors. In addition, according to the report, self-published titles are eight times the number of mainstream published new titles.

“Traditional methods of sizing the publishing market have hidden the real industry impact of the self-publishing movement,” stated James O’Toole, founder/CEO of New Publisher House. Go to Article

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Includes a downloadable interior template
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