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Re: Self Published Writers Forum

Postby wondo » Tue May 15, 2012 2:42 pm

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Re: Self Published Writers Forum

Postby pls » Tue May 15, 2012 3:27 pm

We've already discussed submission to Smashwords and devoted space to J. D. Konrath's commentary on independent publishing vs. traditional publishing, wondo. I believe you've contributed and even maybe started the Smashwords thread.

Perhaps what you're referring to is help with promotion, publicity, the use of social media like Facebook and Twitter to promote self-published books and such, stuff that a traditional publisher would do for a newly-published author. A couple of Facebook groups that I belong to have also discussed the need for help with publicity and promotion, something that most authors don't do well simply because they're not used to tooting their own horn and probably have had little if any training in effective PR practices.

Obviously the same writing precepts apply to either traditionally-published or independently-published, including e-books, works, and the first thing an author should do is simply to write a good enough story that readers will talk about it and spread the word for us. That's what Amanda Hocking and others did.

And there's a vast difference between vanity publishing and independent publishing. Maybe that topic need clarification, too.
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Re: Self Published Writers Forum

Postby EccentricKim » Tue May 15, 2012 4:25 pm

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Postby shadowwalker » Tue May 15, 2012 4:32 pm

There are a couple things that would need clarifying - like the definition of e-publishing versus self-publishing, and self-publishing versus indie publishers (two of my very very biggest irritants). ;)
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Postby Oldtimer » Tue May 15, 2012 8:32 pm

Now that this thread has reached its second page, it seems there is more interest than was apparent when Wondo made his first post. Could we take a vote? I would definitely like to see a self-publishing advisory forum. :)
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Postby shadowwalker » Tue May 15, 2012 8:37 pm

"It seems rather like wanting to be ... a writer, rather than wanting to write. It should be a by-product, not a thing in itself. Otherwise, it's just an ego trip." - Roger Zelazny

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Re: Self Published Writers Forum

Postby EccentricKim » Wed May 16, 2012 12:22 am

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"It seems rather like wanting to be ... a writer, rather than wanting to write. It should be a by-product, not a thing in itself. Otherwise, it's just an ego trip." - Roger Zelazny

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