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What are any thoughts on self publishing?

In todays cut-throat publishiong industry what are the advantages/disadvantages of self publishing? And any good publishing houses which specialize in it?

Hi Csider

Unless you know for a fact that your writing is up to professional standards, and that your book will be of interest to enough people to make it commercially viable then I’d advise you to leave self-publishing well alone.
Because there are hundreds of thousands of people already out there wasting their money by ignoring these basic details.

If that didn’t put you off, then do yourself a vital favour and don’t try self publishing unless you are going to pay a good, professional copy editor to check for typos, bad grammar, etc., and another professional-standard editor to go through the book to weed out the rubbish and give you expert advice on how to rewrite the rest to give your book the best chance of selling.

Also, make sure you have a distribution system set up IN ADVANCE.

I know a gentleman who set up his own publishing company many years ago to publish other people’s books. He did a lot of the editing himself, and the company was successful enough to give him and his family a decent living.

Then one day he figured he’d publish a book of his own – which he wrote and edited. It was just about competent. But whilst he’d made such a good job of editing other people’s work he simply didn’t have the self discipline to edit his own work effectively. The book was too long, too repetitious, it wandered about all over the place instead of sticking to the subject it was supposedly about. And so on.
The book was a flop.

As to publishing houses I guess you mean self-publishing house?
The answer is yes, there are several POD (print on demand) companies that offer a good deal and will produce a good looking product.

But they can’t make a book sell unless you give them the right material to work with.

The advantage of going with a regular publishing house is that they won’t waste your time or their own on any book unless they think, from seeing the initial proposal, and based on their experience, that you have a product that will sell.

There are occasional stories of books that were turned down by numerous publishers before being accepted and becoming best sellers. But this really is a rarity. It’s actually far more common for publishers to be over-optimistic rather than cynical.

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Posted by mark - May 31, 2017 at 12:46 pm

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Pen Names And Self Publishers – Self Publishing 2.0

Many self publishers use a pen name to try to hide the fact they are self publishing. There are legitimate reasons for using a pen name, but hiding who you are is rarely one of them

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Posted by mark - May 30, 2017 at 12:11 pm

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How long does it take for me to view my website online after publishing it on website tonight for GoDaddy?

Im using Go Daddy’s website tonight for a new website. I recently published it and for some reason my web browser Firefox is stating It can’t find the server at my website. Why is it saying this?
is it because the operating system is Linux and my is windows?

It’s not intant. It usually takes about 24 hours for the name to be picked up by DNS servers.

No, it has nothing to do with the server OS and your computer’s OS. It’s because it takes time for your site’s name to propagate through all of the DNS servers on the internet so it can be found by name. Usually takes about 24 hours but can take up to 72. In the source is my web site. I’ll bet you can view it. Guess what, the server is running linux.

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Posted by mark - May 29, 2017 at 11:50 am

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What is a Blog? – I define a blog as a personal publishing platform. Instead of having to edit a webpage by hand using HTML, blog software makes things much simpler and more effective. Simply log into the blog via the internet, type in your subject line and text, maybe add some links or pictures, and click the publish button. Everything is automatically laid out for you, and presto…you have blogged.

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Posted by mark - May 28, 2017 at 11:46 am

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Motivating Book Distributors Book publishing expert, Dale Beaumont shares his ideas to help other authors and self-publishers. Learn how work with book distributors and get your book into stores, and discover Dale’s seven inside secrets to help your books sell even faster!

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Posted by mark - May 27, 2017 at 11:14 am

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Tell Me More About, Blogging and Blogs

If you are new to the Internet and have spent some time here, you must have heard about “Blogging” and “Blogs”. But what exactly is a blog? How does it work? And how you can start one? Let me tell you one by one : So what is a Blog? In simplest language, a blog is a daily journal of your thoughts maintained you (a Blogger) on the web. When posting to a blog you will notice that it is arranged in chronological order – with the most recent additions on top. As you keep postings more and more posts, the older posts will enter into an Archive folder so that visitors can view your past posts easily. You can permit your readers to add their own comments/feedback on any of your Blog post. You can add audio to your blog known as Podcast, which readers can listen to. In fact it’s a great way remain in touch with your clients. How one can start a Blog? It’s extremely easy.

There are numerous options available. If you want to have an experience of Blogging without spending some cash, you can opt for the blogging service from or from These two websites are world’s most popular free blogs providers and have some great tools for starting a blog. On you also have the option to earn money from your free blog through Google Adsense program. Basically you only need to register at these blogging service for a free account, fill some information and lo your blog is live! Starting a Blog is just like signing for a new email account! However, I strongly advise you that after getting sufficient experience of running a blog on these free blogging platform, you should switch to a professional blog by purchasing own domain name and host. This can be easily done by using the WordPress Blogging tool ( which is one of the most powerful and free blogging software on earth. Working on wordpress is as simple as a breeze. There are zillions of wordpress tutorials for newbie on internet.

Further, there are many web hosting companies which offered wordpress enabled site hosting where installing wordpress is just a matter of point and click. What a blog can do for me? Well, a blog can changed your life in reality. If your blog become successful, you will be freed from all your financial worries and problems. For many people, their blog has become a virtual moneymaking machine. If you have any doubts over power of a blog ask Steve Pavlina, the guy who is earning $1000 a day (probably more) from his personal Blog. What are other benefits of having a blog? There are many and some of them are: 1. A blog allows you to get to know your customers and their needs, as well as, allowing your customers to know the blogger – that is you 2. A blog is a strong communication tool to keep in touch with your customers. 3. A blog (if updated regularly) can provide daily, quality content – which the Search engines love and thus, increase your traffic. 4. A blog can be used to advertise your links. You can write review of an affiliate product in your blog post thus increasing the chance of a sale. 5. A blog can be used to bring social change as is doing by some bloggers from China, Myanmar and Iran despite stiff resistance from their Governments. 6. A blog can be used to answer inquiries that people may have about your product.

Well , the list is not exhaustive and I have not mentioned all the benefits of a blog as it’s an introductory article on blogging. In my opinion, there is only one weak point of starting a blog – you’ll have to maintain/update it regularly ­čÖé In fact a Blog is just like the fish shark. It’ll die if it stops. A blog needs constant feeding of your thought matter to exist. The blog should be maintained on a regular basis or it’ll lose its effectiveness. Now enough of my ranting on blogging. Get up and go blogging. My best wishes for your blog.

Wazir Singh

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Posted by mark - May 26, 2017 at 11:01 am

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A self-publishing enthusiast speaks

I’ve self-published two novels and made a success of both. Here’s my perspective on self-publishing, looking past all the negativity and seeing something that authors and readers should be excited about.

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Posted by mark - May 25, 2017 at 10:43 am

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Can I use grayscale in self-publishing services, or does it cost extra?

Self-publishing and book-printing services such as Lulu have two color options: Black/white and color. Color is often a lot more expensive. So does grayscale usually fall under black and white, since it just uses black ink, or do I have to use black and white dots/pixels to create varying shades of gray?

If you goal is to include black and white images, you will get better quality by using the color option. Both paper quality and printing process used for their B&W books will not produce the same quality image you’ll get with the color option.

Unfortunately lulu does not have an option to just include a few pages of image quality pages into an otherwise print quality book. You need to choose one or the other. Thumb through some paperback fiction print books. Find one where they did not insert a new page for the author photo and you will have some idea as to what quality images will be in such books.

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Posted by mark - May 24, 2017 at 9:57 am

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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast

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Welcome to the┬áRubyredRiter New Orleans weather 10 day forecast! This is your New Orleans weather 10 day forecast. It will be updated daily. The New Orleans weather 10 day forecast is a valuable tool for planning all of your New Orleans outings. While you are here in NOLA there are plenty of people to see, places to go and things to do and the New Orleans weather 10 day forecast will come in very handy. The weather in New Orleans changes day to day. This is because of the city’s proximity to water. This is one of the reasons the New Orleans weather 10 day forecast is so valuable if you are traveling to New Orleans. Don’t miss any of them. Make sure you are not caught unawares. Be prepared for the Louisiana weather changes. Quick and convenient, just check here before you make your plans for the day!┬á

New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast High /
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Mar 27
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Isolated T-Storms 83┬░/69┬░ 30 %
Mar 28
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Isolated T-Storms 82┬░/66┬░ 30 %
Mar 29
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Isolated T-Storms 83┬░/69┬░ 30 %
Mar 30
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Scattered T-Storms 77┬░/62┬░ 40 %
Mar 31
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Scattered T-Storms 72┬░/55┬░ 40 %
Apr 01
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Mostly Sunny 73┬░/58┬░ 10 %
Apr 02
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Sunny 77┬░/62┬░ 0 %
Apr 03
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Isolated T-Storms 81┬░/60┬░ 30 %
Apr 04
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Scattered T-Storms 79┬░/60┬░ 40 %
Apr 05
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Partly Cloudy 80┬░/60┬░ 10 %


Good Morning NOLA!┬á It’s going to be a hot one today. By this afternoon we will reach┬ánear record ┬áhigh┬áin the┬á┬áeighties.┬áThere will be plenty of cloud cover though and a little breazzy.┬áWe have┬á thirty percent chance of isolated thunderstorm in the forecast today but our chances increase over the next few days.┬á By Monday we will see a forty percent chance.┬á The forecast is showing a thirty percent┬áchance of showers┬áfor┬áMonday too. It is only suppose to be isolated thunder storms┬ábut be prepared. Tuesday looks like it will start a few days of rain for the Big Easy. ┬áI will have the umbrella at the ready but there is plenty of cover in the Quarter. What’s a little rain after all. So don’t let that keep you from coming out to the French Quarter to see me at the 1850’s House Store.┬á Once again I will be signing my latest book “If I Were A French Quarter Rat” and also ┬á“I Love You Bigger Than The Sky!”┬á Whatever you decide to do today, enjoy! See y’all in NOLA!

Sharon Denise Talbot

Don’ t forget to check back tomorrow for your New Orleans weather 10 day forecast.

New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast

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Posted by mark - May 23, 2017 at 9:27 am

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Content People Want To Read – Self Publishing 2.0

Large and small publishers alike frequently stumble over technology, sinking vast amounts of time and money into mastering techncial challenges that are at best temporary balms. The real job of a publisher is coming up with books, or content, that people want to read. Lose sight of that and you’ll lose sight of your original goal in publishing.

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Posted by mark - May 22, 2017 at 8:36 am

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