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  1. Darlinghurst Boy

    Darlinghurst Boy Well-Known Member

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    how do you self publish a book.... Im not going to do it... But noticed a lot of Authors around nowadays and on asking I heard they had self published.

    Does it cost a lot ?
     
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    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Ask Brian Mannix - clown funding his bibliography. :p
     
  3. Darlinghurst Boy

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    Brian Mannix ... Uncanny x men ?
    My god.. Met him back in 1986 ..up at Kings Cross
    I guess he must be in his late 50's by now.
     
  4. Terry_w

    Terry_w Solicitor, Finance Broker, CTA Business Member

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    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

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    1) Write a book in MS Word
    2) Save as PDF
    3) Upload with photoshopped front cover to your website
    4) Tell everyone you are a published author

    Really anyone can write a book and self publish. Its actually converting that to sales thats the hard bit without a publisher's marketing and distribution network
     
  6. Terry_w

    Terry_w Solicitor, Finance Broker, CTA Business Member

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    Biography it seems
     
  7. Peter_Tersteeg

    Peter_Tersteeg Finance broker and strategist Business Member

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    A fortnight ago I put up a post talking about some authors from this forum. Follow that up. The initial author is self published and selling his book on Amazon.
     
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    Quote..
    “I’ve probably had more failures than successes but the failures are just as important. I’m a dad, I’ve been with my girl for 30 years, in the book I talk about molls, groupies, directing theatre and shovelling in a quarry to make a dollar — I couldn’t get arrested in the ‘90s.

    Sounds like a good book..
     
  10. Terry_w

    Terry_w Solicitor, Finance Broker, CTA Business Member

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    It does sound interesting, and funny. Here is another quote.

     
  11. Scott No Mates

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    No one wanted him.
     
  12. Tony3008

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    Different sort of book, but my software manuals (yes, my software still comes with a printed book) are printed by Lulu SuperBeam and ProSteel User Manual by Tony Bryer (Paperback) - Lulu. Works brilliantly - my UK sales agent orders ten or twenty as required to have some on hand for new orders; existing customers who want updated/replacement/additional copies can order them directly (uneconomic for us to process small orders). No upfront cost if you can are capable of doing the layout yourself - two PDFs, one for content, one for cover (Lulu gives you the size) and you may make some money if you get sales. Lots of options for size and finish Self Publishing - Lulu.com
     
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    Amazon do a "print on demand" service for self publishing
     
  14. bashworth

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    Doesn't cost much.

    I started a blog which cost me about $100/annum at the start.

    After a year I had got enough material for a book which was written on Open Office (free Software) and converted to pdf format.

    I started selling them on my website as Ebooks for $4 from which, after all fees are paid, I get $3.70.

    Sold 1,000 before I could call myself an author without laughing. (up to 4 books now with total sales of 3,000. . . Now around 900 a year)

    Annual costs have gone up to around $300 as I pay for better website security.

    Not sure about whether I can leave a link so I will say just Google "a new house" and you should find me
     
  15. Xenia

    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    It's easy to self publish, you upload your book onto one of the many print on demand platforms online.
    They issue a publishing number, and forward a portion of the sales.
     
  16. SerenityNow

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    Amazon kdp offers easy self-publishing - just upload a jpg of your cover and a word doc of your text. I know some folks for whom it has been extremely lucrative (they write for mass consumption and sell in mass quantities). Amazon offers 70% royalties if you price above $2.98

    Edit to add: the people who make huge amounts self-publishing are professionals. They're really good writers; they employ a team of professional editors and proofreaders; they often have a fan-base who are happy to do beta-reading for free; they hire expensive artists for the cover work. They also spend money on promotions, and some of them have "street teams" who do social media work, promotions, etc.
     
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  17. Tony Fleming

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    I've got a friend who writes children and young adult books. From memory she just writes in word and uploads it to a web company. I think she said they take 25 cents for each sale. She saves costs as she is a professional proof writer and an artist. So does her own artwork. I'll find the company she uses for you.