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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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New from Old: Using Online Self Publishing Services… in Special Collections Libraries

Digitization and online presentation is a popular way to disseminate unique materials found in Special Collection Libraries. However, it is equally important for these unique and often decaying materials to find their way into hardcopy books to provide a much more permanent (or at least long-lasting) record and to provide the researcher or enthusiast a reference copy which can be made available to them both inside or outside of the Special Collections Reading Room. Online book publishing services (such as Blurb) offer opportunities for Special Collection libraries to easily create reference materials that can be used both in the secure reading room, or circulated to the general public. Additionally, the creation of these reference books aid in the promotion, discovery and ultimate use of a collection by way of the bibliographic record found in the library’s online public catalog. This presentation demonstrates a few examples of how this can be achieved.

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Posted by mark - March 14, 2017 at 12:24 pm

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Everything You Need To Know About Lulu Enterprises

Digital Communications project on, an online publishing site founded by Bob Young

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Posted by mark - January 11, 2017 at 5:27 pm

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Self Publishing a Book explained in one minute

1) Copyright material

2) Get ISBN and Barcode

3) Find Print on Demand Publisher and

Please remember folks, I am no expert in the publishing industry. These are just the things that took me a LONG time to figure out that really shouldn’t have been so difficult.

Again, if you need anything that I could possibly answer, feel free to email me

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Posted by mark - December 4, 2016 at 8:35 pm

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Where can I find a good free blogging site?

I don’t really like livejournal or xanga. I already have both of those. I was going to try deadjournal because I read on here that it was really good, but I don’t want to have to pay for it and you have to have an invite code to get in free. Does anybody have an invite code they could give me, or a suggestion on another free blogging website I could try? Any information would be helpful.

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Posted by mark - October 21, 2015 at 8:08 am

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Part 1–Bitter Experiences with Lulu and Amazon

I posted this video because: 1) Print on Demand, unknown authors are having their creative files taken from them without compensation, and the government doesn’t care; 2) I have lost control of creative work because I did business with Lulu Press and want to warn about the real nightmare of going the P.O.D. route; and 3) I WANT MY FILES BACK. I have to give my files away for free now, in order to compete with the Goliath of the publishing industry (I have boycotted Amazon since early 2008). After all the money I paid to see my manuscripts in print, now I give them away for free while Bob Young made a nice penny on me (

Celebrities get thieves prosecuted for what Lulu and Amazon have done to me and others. No attorney general from a pertinent state will call what these intellectual property merchants have done by its correct name: theft, not a tort or civil wrong. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act wasn’t written to protect only celebrities. Or maybe it was…

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Posted by mark - April 25, 2015 at 9:43 pm

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Is there a place I can post a story I am writing online and have it read and commented on by others?

I’m looking for a place to post a novel I am writing online and have it read and possibly critiqued by others. It is not fanfiction. Does anyone know a site that does this?

There is certainly a place for your story. Try or go to Here you will find tips to assist you to write a number of disciplines, as well as access to other users stories, poems, essays etc. Publishers have been known to access this site for work to publish. Make sure you have your story presented as well as possible with accurate punctuation, grammer, tense etc. Good luck! rustyR

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Posted by mark - March 3, 2015 at 9:49 pm

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Is there a mass market publishing company online (how is a print on demand publishing company)?

I want to look into mass market instead of POD and I’m wondering is there a company online that does it? And you can do it right from your computer like Lulu. Thank you.

No there isn’t, unless you want to pay for a lot of copies of the book up front, any self publisher is going to be basically POD. I just read an article yesterday in a local newspaper about a local housewife who mortgaged her house and spent 60 THOUSAND dollars publishing and marketing her own children’s book. A year later, she hasn’t made back one tenth of her money and hasn’t even covered the interest on the mortgage. A mass market situation would leave YOU to promote, sell and distribute the books yourself. It is a black hole, as this lady would tell you.
At least with POD, you don’t have that huge layout of money.

This is my advice for all writers considering vanity publishing – and let’s call it what it truly is – vanity publishing. If you believe in yourself and your book, you owe the two of you (you and the book) at least a year to 18 months trying traditional publishing before you give up and go vanity. The average vanity published book sells 100 copies or less. Don’t you think your work deserves more than that? Spend some time at the library with Literary Marketplace and give the traditional world a try before you give up and enter the black hole of vanity publishing. Pax- C

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Posted by mark - November 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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What is the best self publishing option?

What is the best self-publishing option? I have just completed my first book for short horror stories and want to self-publish it. However, I can’t afford to pay too much to get my book off the ground. I was considering publishing it through Lulu, but am unsure if this is the best way to go.

So ANY advice at all on self publishing would be much appreciated.

Horror Writer

Lulu has had a great deal of good press on Answers and I have heard nothing bad about them.
The only trouble is that they do not market your book; you have to do that yourself. Also, “real” publishers will be unlikely to take on a book that has already been self published, unless of course it turns out to have been a raging success already (Such as The Celestine Prophecies and a few others)

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Posted by mark - November 15, 2013 at 7:40 am

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Is self publishing a good idea?

I have already posted some of my work online, so I cannot publish traditionally. I may want to self publish though. What are some of the advantages of self publishing and if I wanted, would I be in charge of what I want the characters in the book to look like. Thanks!


I self-published my first book and it cost me quite a bit of money. Ads, webpages, printers, editors, and having to buy my own books. Yes, you have to buy your own books if you want to sell them yourself. The publisher will not supply you with free books.

If your work is free of any errors you might want to try sending out a few query letters to literary agents. Get a book or check the Internet to get examples of query letters and what should go into them. Also, pick up a copy of Writer’s Market 2008. In it you’ll find literary agents who take query letters for the genre you write in. Some will allow email queries.

Remember that chances are your book will never see the inside of a bookstore, but only sold online. B&N, Borders, and the others very seldom stock POD (Print On Demand) books. I was lucky to be one of the few who ended up an exception to that rule. I also did several book signings.

I wish you the best.


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Posted by mark - May 11, 2013 at 10:33 pm

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