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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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Self Publishing Made Easy!

Learn how to successfully self publish and generate income from your book or writing. Learn all the necessary steps from cover design through to selling your book worldwide.

Book printing with a difference for all sort of self publishers including novels, academics, children’s books, photo books, family geneology books, self-improvement books and so on.

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Posted by mark - May 4, 2017 at 8:26 pm

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Strategic Publishing Group at Beijing Book Fair 2010

Strategic Book Publishing goes to the Beijing Book Fair.
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Posted by mark - February 8, 2017 at 9:42 am

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Self-Publish your Book (

Writebooks (now Pen2Print Publishing) offer a complete book printing and book publishing service – helping writers publish their work at a low cost.

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Posted by mark - August 3, 2016 at 7:37 am

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Self-Publishing Symposium 2008

The 3rd Self-publishing Symposium was held in the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem NY. The event included authors and other publishing professionals who gave advice to those interested in publishing they own books.

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Posted by mark - December 25, 2014 at 1:54 pm

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A few questions about self publishing for authors?

There are a lot of self publishing companies available to the aspiring authors. Which, if any, have you had experiences with? Which would be the best to use and which would be considered scams and why? Author house,, iUniverse, etc…?

Or do you think it would be better to go with hiring an agent and go with traditional publishing? Which is the better deal for the author?

Traditional publishing is ALWAYS a better deal for authors of fiction. The instances where self-publishing is the best path are few and far between and never work for fiction.

Traditional publishing, though difficult, will result in visibility, marketing and financial pay-off that a self-pubbed book would never achieve. Christopher Paolini was a one-off. So random as to be virtually impossible.

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Posted by mark - October 23, 2014 at 7:37 am

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Get Published! Book Publishing for Self Publishing Authors

Author Originated Book Publishing puts our authors in the driver’s seat. Retain all rights to your book, enjoy royalties paid monthly, and benefit from extensive distribution outlets with a book that is guaranteed returnable to bookstores. Find out how our POD book publishing method can take you from un-published writer to published author.

Learn how to self publish a book without using expensive publishing houses. View the entire process of digital book printing on demand for self publishers that choose to print royalty free.
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Posted by mark - July 27, 2014 at 6:24 pm

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Ending returnability will save Canada’s book publishing industry over $330 million per year

Millions of books being wasted! Thrown into dumpsters. Here’s why… Learn about a broken business model. It is a secret publishers don’t want the public to know about.
The book industry is in dire straits — more publishers and retailers are going bankrupt every week. Massive lay-offs are happening. The pressures seem to be coming from every direction: the recession causing lower sales in stores, digital books threatening to erode sales of printed books, the cost of printing rising… Yet the best hope for regaining profitability is to FIX AN UNDERLYING BUSINESS MODEL that is hopelessly inefficient and scandalously wasteful of money and natural resources.
A simple change could be implemented within six months, and would save the Canadian book industry over $330 MILLION each year.
Please go to to learn more. Thanks for watching and doing what you can to build awareness and bring pressure to bear on publishers and retailers.

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Posted by mark - May 8, 2014 at 12:30 am

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Self Publishing Your Own Book: When Should You Consider It?

Self publishing your own book is one of the publishing industry’s dirty little secrets. Mainstream publishers, editors, and authors easily dismiss self publishing and print on demand publishing as a rip-off for both the writer and reader. After all, if the writer was a real writer then they could find a real publisher, right? That has been the conventional wisdom for a long time but in today’s modern, technological society that conventional wisdom does not always hold true. So who should consider self publishing?

Real writers should consider self publishing. Published authors often find themselves placed in a prison of their own making. Once they have achieved even modest success in a specific niche it is often hard to break out of that niche and publish something different. However self publishing gives authors control over their own writing so they can change direction or genre if they choose. Published authors who have taken some time off from their writing often find it just as hard to return as it was to break in initially. They can often easily parlay their experience and audience into a successful self publishing career. Finally, writers who have an idea that does not fit neatly into one of the major publishing houses slots may find self publishing their only alternative. Just because it doesn’t fit into a neat slot doesn’t mean your book doesn’t have great potential — think about Diana Gabaldon and J.K. Rowling.

Control freaks should also consider self publishing. Once you sign your baby over to a major publisher then you lose control of your book. The publisher can slap a horrible or inappropriate cover on it, change its name, or even alter the main characters. Your name will go on the book but what is published may be drastically changed from your original creation–and not always for the better. Think it won’t happen to you, or that you won’t care as long as you get the royalty check, then think again. I can tell you that I still cringe whenever I have to claim a book I published in 1998. It’s not the book that makes me want to crawl under a rock–but the cover and title the publisher slapped on it.

Money grubbers should also consider self publishing. While the independently wealthy may consider their art reward enough the rest of us need to eat and pay the mortgage (not to mention buy paper and pens) so money does matter. And of course, we want all our hard work to be rewarded. In our capitalist society that reward should be monetary. While self publishing may require you to put up some of your own money and traditional publishing will instead offer you an upfront payment, the final balance sheet will tell you a much different story. The initial advance from a traditional publisher will be small (unless you are Stephen King) and may be the only money you receive for your book for a long time — and perhaps ever depending how your book sells. Any book royalties you receive will be for a small percentage and will be spread out over years to come as well as held ransom for book returns. The final indignity is that your book’s sales depend greatly on the promotional effort your publisher puts into it. The ugly truth is that the publisher does not much care about your baby and will rarely put any extra money, manpower, or thought into how to promote your book. Most midlist and lowlist authors conduct (and foot the bill for) their own promotion. At least when you self publish you know you will be on your own and you can factor that into your budget.

If you are a real writer, a control freak, or a money grubber (or perhaps some combination) then you should consider self publishing your own book.

Deanna Mascle

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Posted by mark - October 8, 2012 at 7:57 am

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Self Publishing is the Future

A little bit about the writing process and how hard it is to get published. Luckily there are alternatives these days, so all our voices can be heard.

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Posted by mark - September 19, 2010 at 2:39 pm

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