Self Publishing

Should I publish my book with a traditional publishing company or self publishing company?

I want to publish my book and make a lot of money but I’m not sure which one to choose. I am thinking about publishing my book with Trafford or Universe. I’m afraid if I self publish it I will not make money at all. You need a literacy agent if you want to publish your book with a traditional publisher.

Few inexperienced authors make a lot of money regardless of how they publish.

While most don’t make a lot of money with traditional publishing, it’s more likely you will make a notable income there than with self publishing.

Many here state one can’t make money or will loose money with self-publishing. That’s simply not true. I’ve made some and know others who made more than me. Books such as "A Time to Kill", "The Celestine Prophecy", "The Elements of Style" and "What Color is Your Parachute?" are proof that on rare occasion, introducing a book as a self published book can be very lucrative for the author.

It’s also untrue that self publishing needs to cost a lot of money. In fact, if you do the work yourself, it should cost very little. Even though my book was full color, my total cash investment was well under $100. (That’s because I did the publishing work myself instead of pay others to do it, which is in my mind what self publishing is all about.)

Overall, however, self publishing is unlikely to bring in any notable income and traditional publishing probably won’t make you rich either.

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Posted by mark - September 11, 2017 at 11:30 pm

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Cool “Self Publishing” images

A few nice Self Publishing images I found:

What I see

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I am now a self-published photographer. With an ISBN Number.
ISBN 978-0-9811187-0-3

This book contains my personal favourite TTV shots. preview

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my first self-published book "Untitled 1" (A 4) + poster (80 x 55 cm). 23 pages. SOLD OUT.

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Posted by mark - August 28, 2017 at 2:16 pm

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Nice “Self Publishing” photos

Some cool Self Publishing images:

My Second Self-Published Book

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Self-published through Blurb. I hope to find a local publisher for my Chicago books.

This one, and my first book, can be seen at

Ukrainians in Detroit, self-published book

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192 page self-published book by Michael and Martha Wichorek, Detroit, November 1968. This book is part of an annual review of local history, organizations, institutions, culture, people, and business listings.

Self-publishing Panel

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(from left to right) sohma g. dawling, Jennie Breeden (creator of The Devil’s Panties), Earle (aka elgorgo), Jason Adams (me) of

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Posted by mark - August 23, 2017 at 10:02 am

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10 Best Audio Books To Improve Your Mind

It’s indeed incredible that not many people pay a great deal of attention to what gets into their minds. You see, the mind is the single most important factor in determining who you are and what you do as an individual.

If your mind is positive and creative, you can become all you ever dream of becoming.

Most of the highly successful people you see in the news today took a great deal of time to work on improving their minds.

Positive and negative thinking are both contagious. All of us affect, in one way or another, the people we meet. This happens instinctively and on a subconscious level, through thoughts and feelings transference and through body language.

People sense our aura and are affected by our thoughts. Is it any wonder that we want to be around positive persons and shun negative ones? People are more disposed to help us if we are positive. They dislike and avoid anyone broadcasting negativity.

Negative thoughts, words and attitude bring up negative and unhappy moods and actions. When the mind is negative, poisons are released into the blood, which cause more unhappiness and negativity. This is the way to failure, frustration and disappointment.

Always visualize only favorable and beneficial situations. Use positive words in your inner dialogues or when talking with others. Smile a little more, as this helps to think positively. Disregard any feelings of laziness or a desire to quit. If you persevere, you will transform the way your mind thinks.

We develop our minds by what we put into it. If we are continually putting negative information into our minds, this results to negative thoughts and ultimately negative actions.

So, if you want the opposite creative thoughts, it is pertinent to always get the right kind of information into your mind.

The most common way to do this is by reading the right kinds of books.

Sadly, because of the great demand on our time, only few people still read lots of books, especially after college.

We mostly only have time to read the newspapers and magazines. And guess what? Most newspapers only end up giving us bad news that further increase our negative state of mind.

In order to turn the mind toward the positive, inner work and training are required. Attitude and thoughts do not change overnight.

Read about this subject, think about its benefits and persuade yourself to try it. The power of thoughts is a mighty power that is always shaping our life. This shaping is usually done subconsciously, but it is possible to make the process a conscious one.

Thankfully with the advent and popularity of audio books, anyone can get the right information into his or her mind without having to “read”.

You can enjoy the benefits of audio books while exercising, commuting to and from your work, etc.

For those who don’t know exactly the audio books to go for, below are some of the 10 best audio books to improve your mind.

1. Build Your Self Esteem Author: Glenn Harrold Publisher: Diviniti Publishing

2. Awaken the Giant Within Author: Anthony Robbins
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

3. Develop a Powerful Memory Author: Glenn Harrold
Publisher: Diviniti Publishing

4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Author: Stephen
R. Covey Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

5. How to Win Friends & Influence People Author: Dale
Carnegie Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

6. Awaken the Giant Within Author: Anthony Robbins
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

7. Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway Author: Susan Jeffers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

8. The Power is within You Author: Louise L. Hay Publisher: Hodder Headline Audio books

9. Creating Inner Peace and Calm Author: Glenn Harrold
Publisher: Diviniti Publishing

10. Get Up and Do It! Publisher: BBC Books
Even if the idea seems strange give it a try, as you have nothing to lose, but only to gain. Ignore what others might say or think about you, if they discover that you are changing the way you think.


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Posted by mark - August 19, 2017 at 12:49 am

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self publishing?

can i self publish an ebook by myself and not go through a publishing website or pay anyone money? just do everything myself. please be as detailed as possible, i have no idea on how to turn my writing into an ebook and get it on the web. also, can anyone illustrate a childrens book?

Oh course if you turn it into an ebook, it will be nonprofit. Just start your own website and post it there, even simpler post it on some forums. Type the words into Microsoft Word or Adobe Reader. As for the illustrations ask a Photoshopper to do those for you, or you may do them yourself. Hope this helps.

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Posted by mark - August 10, 2017 at 5:42 pm

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The Magic of Appreciation

There are only three states of being we run around in all day long. If we could be even a little more aware of which one we’re wearing during each moment of the day, we’d have a big leg up to changing our vibrations.

Victim Mode

This is the oh-dear-they’re-doing-it-to-me-again-and-there’s-nothing-I-can-do-about-it frame of mind where we go nowhere but around in negative circles, forever magnetizing the same old same old.

Flat-Lining Mode

In the Flat-Lining Mode, we’re neither down nor up, just bumping along on second-rate gas. We’re not flowing our energy to anything, and surely not attracting anything. In Flat-Lining we’re not only living the results of our own erratic flowing of energy, but that of everybody elses. (Like attracts likes, remember?) Very unpleasant! And what most of us do most of the time.

Turned On Mode

Now you’re up! You’re on! Your high frequencies are no longer attracting the negative vibes of others. You’re fueled with the pure positive energy of well-being, vibrating in harmony with your Expanded Self, flowing positive energy out and pulling positive events in while being wrapped in unsurpassed safety and security.

Victim Mode, Flat-Lining, or Turned On, we will always find ourselves in one of the three. Our goal, of course, is to make it the Turned On Mode as often and as long as we can, which is why we look to the high, high energy of appreciation.

The vibration of appreciation is the most profoundly important frequency we can hold, for it is the closest thing to cosmic love that exists. When we’re appreciating, we’re in perfect vibrational harmony with our Source energy, or God energy — call it what you will.

You can jump-start it, or you can jam straight to the feeling, it makes no difference. What’s important to know is that one minute of flowing the intense energy of appreciation overrides thousands of hours spent in Victim or Flat-Lining Modes.

But take care! No fair just thinking appreciation. That won’t wash. Thinking is out, feeling is in. You can’t just make a decision that you’re going to appreciate something and let it go at that. There has to be that surge of significant emotion flowing up from the depths of your being for this to work.

But neither does that mean you have to have just been saved from a life-threatening incident by 911 rescue workers to feel deep appreciation. In fact, flowing appreciation is really no big deal. You can flow it intensely to a street sign if you want. Don’t laugh, I do that all the time stay in shape. Like any skill, flowing energy requires constant practice, and there’s something so absurdly satisfying about flowing buckets of love, adoration, and appreciation to “SLOW: MEN AT WORK.” I flow it to stoplights, billboards, birds overhead, a tree stump, a dead animal, a winter storm, and of course, to people.

Sometimes in the supermarket I’ll pick the meanest looking low-life I can find and just open up and douse the unsuspecting soul with the highest vibration I can muster. Maybe it’s appreciation, maybe it’s honest-to-God love. One time I did that to a scroungy old biddy who looked like she’d rather eat me than let me pass. I blasted her, and in that very moment she wheeled around, searching angrily for whatever she felt hit her, while I smiled back in pure innocence.

That’s my “Hug-A-Bum” game where I envision me and a perfect stranger on the street (or wherever) rushing into each other’s arms like we were old best friends who hadn’t seen each other for ages. You start with acceptable “targets,” like someone you wouldn’t mind sitting next to at a lunch counter if you had to. Then you move up, bit by bit, to targets that are increasingly difficult for you socially, until finally it doesn’t make any difference what kind of slobs they are.

You just see — and deeply feel — the two of you joyfully recognizing each other and flying together in this gigantic bear hug as profound love surges between you. I don’t know how many people I’ve done that with while walking down a street, and watched them turn around to look for whatever it was they felt.

The vibration of appreciation is also the highest, fastest vibration we can use for attraction. If we would shoot appreciation at anything and everything . . . all day long . . . we’d be guaranteed to have heaven on earth in no time, living happily ever after with more friends, more money, more beautiful relationships, in total safety, and closer to the God of our Being than it’s possible to fathom.

Reprinted from Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting: The Astonishing Power of Feelings by Lynn Grabhorn. Copyright © 2000 Lynn Grabhorn. Published by Hampton Roads Publishing Company. March 2003;$16.95US; 978-1-57174-381-7.

Lynn Grabhorn

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Posted by mark - August 5, 2017 at 4:02 pm

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Beyond Customary Ebook Publishing

Single purpose ebooks are a thing of the past, and here is why.

What’s happened to the venerable ebook?  Has it taken it’s place among other antiquated technologies of the Internet like modems and CRT monitors?  Is it a long forgotten technology?

The fact remains that writing an ebook and self publishing it on the Internet has become easier and easier. There are literally thousands of PLR (Private Label Rights) ebooks for the taking so that you don’t even have to be concerned about actually writing an ebook. Ebook software is easily accessible and a lot less expensive, and if you don’t like to write or don’t feel that you have the talent (Just about anyone can write an eBook) you can have a freelance writer do it for you, if you can afford to job it out.

That being said, why even take the time and trouble to write and publish an ebook?  There is most definitely a place for single purpose eBooks on the market today. I would categorize them as highly defined and technical information based ebooks. That is they discuss in great detail how to manage a specific task or function. A good example would be how to utilize RSS feeds on your website, and how they can become a silent marketing tool for your products or services.

Segmented marketing strategies such as technically based ebooks present a different challenge to the Internet Marketer as they require specific knowledge of a given subject to write.  So how can the average person make money with an ebook?

A good example would be to create a free give-away ebook that discusses the merits of other products that you may be selling. This is done quite often and has increased sales and conversion rates for products and services. Within the ebook you discuss the rational for the use of your product or service and create active links to your sales page.

Another method of non-traditional ebook publishing is the “branded” or viral ebook. This is when you create a similar ebook to the above example but allow your affiliates to brand it as their own ebook and distribute it to their customers. The ebook can be branded so that the sales links can be personalized for each affiliate.

Viral ebooks have been around for sometime and the software to create them is well within reach of the average Internet marketer. For example the Adobe PDF format is the worldwide standard for creating an ebook. There is no question that Adobe Acrobat® is the premiere tool for creating pdf ebooks, however there are alternatives that are less expensive that will create and convert to the pdf format. Viral PDF ebooks are very attractive because they provide an unusual way to distribute an information or software product, that is easy and inexpensive to produce.

The process is simple. Let’s say that you have a great widget making software program. You decide to write an ebook that explains all of the benefits of widgets and how they will change the world as we know it. Instead of selling this ebook you give it away with free software that creates proprietary links for anyone who joins your affiliate program. (A simple membership to either PayDotCom or Clickbank starts your first affiliate program for very little work or investment on your part) This means that your affiliates can now offer an ebook that is branded with their name and their affiliate links to anyone that they choose to send it to. This means that whenever someone purchases through those links you get a sale and the affiliate gets a commission. A win-win situation.

With the above suggestions you can easily see how an ebook still furnishes you with a marketing tool to promote your business, product or resource.

Rick Carbone

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Posted by mark - June 26, 2017 at 12:14 am

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What is a good, reliable self publishing company?

Hello. I was wondering what is a good self publishing company that is not a scam and is RELIABLE? I’ve heard rumors about scam companies and would like some suggestions and insights from self published authors and your experiences. I am preferring a company that also includes good marketing and cover design options. Thank you for your help! (Im a 19 year old male in college BTW, interested in creative writing since forever. thanks!)

You can check with the folks at
for information

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Posted by mark - June 23, 2017 at 11:36 pm

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Check out these Self Publishing images:

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Image by masha_k_sh
my first self-published book "Untitled 1" (A 4) + poster (80 x 55 cm). 23 pages. SOLD OUT.

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Posted by mark - June 21, 2017 at 10:58 pm

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What is the first step in self-publishing a book?

I have written a couple of books that I am interested in getting published either by self-publishing or by a publishing company.

It’s important that you know what you really want when self-publishing a book. Marketing is perhaps the toughest part in the entire publishing process, so you will need a trusted and reliable self-publishing house to assist you.

For more information on self-publishing:

For your FREE publishing guide:

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Posted by mark - June 12, 2017 at 6:53 pm

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