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revised What should I do to promote my books?
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revised Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
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comment Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
I edited my answer to include a disclaimer that I am admittedly in favor of self-publishing. I am definitely not anti-traditional, and I did not mean to come across that way. I also included a few more cons for self-publishing. This is a much more difficult and time consuming effort than many realize, but it still bears consideration. Your comments strike me as being intended to make me either admit or accept that traditional publishing is the golden chalice for writers, and it is these kinds of dialogs that have led me to feel there is a bias against self-publishing on this site.
Aug
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revised Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
added disclaimer and some additional cons to self-publishing
Aug
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comment Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
Also, even though the big publishers are pricing their e-books much higher and therefore making a much bigger profit (virtually no overhead with e-books), the author does not see the same royalty that would be earned though self-publishing. The author will still be getting about 15-25% (less agent share) for e-books, compared to 70% through self-publishing. Traditional publishers need to change their royalty rates for e-books, or they risk losing more and more "name" authors.
Aug
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comment Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
While the distribution of books is a pro for traditional publishers, it is much more of an advantage for established authors than it is for new writers. Also, the number of "brick and mortar" stores is on the decline as more people go online to buy books. If a buyer wants an e-book version of a title released by a traditional publisher, the price is most likely going to be close to the same price as the paperback. This is where self-publishers are gaining the advantage, because they can beat the big publishers on price.
Aug
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revised How to write great movie review?
added the word "you" after the first comma)
Aug
12
comment Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
What is a "long-tail"?
Aug
12
answered Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
Aug
12
comment Is the iPad a convenient medium for writing work?
I second this suggestion. I use the same setup with the same apps and find it very effective.
Aug
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answered What should I do to promote my books?
Aug
11
answered Do you need to get author's permission to quote him in a non-fiction book?
Aug
9
comment Any suggestions to improve these three introductory paragraphs of a novel I'm writing (e.g. writing style, description and flow)?
I wanted to make a couple of comments. First of all, kudos to you for attempting to write in any language that is not your native tongue. That is a major undertaking and one that few of us would attempt. Secondly, I would suggest that since English is not your native language, it would be to your benefit to hire an editor to review your work once it is completed. This would help you to identify the types of changes suggested below. You would also benefit from a critique group or a group of beta readers who could give you advice before sending it to an editor.
Aug
8
comment How do you develop a strong female character?
I often find, especially in fantasy novels, that female characters tend to be largely thrown in as an afterthought and relegated to supporting roles. I was wondering what steps could be taken to make a female character more integral to a story and what characteristics would be best to focus on for a reader to accept that the female character has a more prominent role in the story.
Aug
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revised What are examples of fiction books picked up by publishers after being self-published?
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Aug
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accepted Source ideas for monsters in a fantasy novel?
Aug
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accepted Tips for adding more personality to characters?
Aug
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comment Best time to release a new novel?
I saw somewhere that e-book sales usually take off after Christmas as a result of people who received e-book readers as gifts looking for new content. I suppose the key is to make sure your book can be found when they start looking!
Aug
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accepted Best time to release a new novel?