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PRINT A BOOK AND BECOME THE NEWEST WRITING SENSATION. HEY, IT COULD HAPPEN...
Have you ever wanted to print a book? Be a published author? Be a celebrated writer cruising the talk show network scene, rubbing shoulders with celebs who beg to write the foreword to your next book? If so... great, but slow it down, kiddo. One step at at time. It is a great goal to shoot for- and completely attainable - but you gotta write something worthy of getting published first because the big, bad publishing houses don't take kindly to first-timers. Which is a bit of a mystery because wasn't everyone a first-timer at some point?
It is the same old thing: "I can't get work because no one is hiring me without experience, but I can't get experience if no one will hire me." That ring a bell to anyone? Many have been there. And it might be the reason that many armies of writers have flooded the streets with pitchforks and torches to... wait, that's Frankenstein...
Many writers have actually decided to go one of two alternative routes. The first one being "pay-to-play" boutique publishers who take about 95% of whatever is submitted - because let's be honest, you pay them up front regardless of the success of your book. But, wait. They're the ones slated to market the thing, but where - after already being paid - is their incentive to push your book? Interesting. That leads us to the other option...
Self-publishing. Print a book. Your own book! That's right. There are several companies out there that will format, set and print your book for you and that's all they do. No marketing. No hyping. No advertising. All that falls on you, which is actually a good thing.
The rise or fall of your book rests solely on your shoulders. You book the interviews. You set up the signings. You sell the books... out of the trunk of your car? Sure. Maybe. Whatever works, right?
The plus side of going the "self publish" route is that if your book is a literary hit (which of course it will be!) then the only fingers in the pie or hands in the cookie jar are your own. Yessir, no profit sharing this way whereas a traditional publisher assumes all the risk up front and only ever offers you a thin slice of the action. Ever.
A vanity publisher may take a large sum from you at the start - with regard to edits, formatting, print operates, etc - and then will take smaller gnaws on the roots of the money tree that is your budget - as you get the need for subsequent, third and fourth runs. Keep in mind that they do not have a pressing need to boost your sells. They have many other clientele who could be ready to cough up bigger cash to print sequels, prequels and perhaps even... side-quels?
The only surefire way to measure if you and your book are what the people want is to just print a book and market the thing yourself. Yea, it's harder and may require a lot more sleepless nights, but in the end, if you're successful, how awesome will that feeling be when you have some A-List celeb knocking down your door because they love your series so much that they want to make a movie of it? And all because you bit the bullet and self-published. Good job.
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