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 Sell More Kindle Books: How to Publish your eBook in 30 Days

Do you have a dream of seeing your eBook on sale but have no clue about how to make that happen?

This course was created for authors who want to give their book the very best chance of reaching an audience and being a success.Whether your book is fiction or non-fiction, this guide will help to create a professional launch plan for your work.

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Learn More about Self-Publishing in this Online Video Course: How to Publish your eBook in 30 Days.

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This has to be a very personal decision, based on your goals for your career as a writer, and how you would like your books to be distributed around the world, so that they can be discovered by readers.

The Traditional Publishing Model

Many authors only want to be published by a traditional publishing house.

At this time, the five major publishing groups are; Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan,  Penguin Random House, and  Simon & Schuster.

These authors usually submit their work to professional literary agents, who are experts in finding the ideal editor and publisher for their work.  If they are successful at finding an agent to represent them, they may see their work in hard-back format on the shelves of their local bookshop in 12 to 18 months time, or longer, depending on the individual contract and publishing schedule, and receive an advance on royalties in exchange for the publication rights.

Individual rights to translation and other media such as audio books, are negotiated by the literary agent on behalf of the author.

The publisher works with the agent and author on editing, cover design, marketing and distribution, the format of the book, and the release schedule for print and digital editions.

The Self-Publishing Model

Many other authors want to write books which fit a specific niche and to generate income – while being in complete control of their publishing career.

Self-publishing allows any author to by-pass the constraints inherent in the vertical route where the literary agent and traditional publishing houses act as gatekeepers.

Digital publishing means that you can publish, distribute and promote your work directly to readers, and generate sales and income within hours of the book being completed.

Online booksellers such as Amazon, Kobo and iTunes offer the complete range of digital eBooks which can be read on the devices they produce, and it is in their interest to offer authors a much higher royalty payment for each book, so self-published authors have the potential to earn more income from their books, faster than before. Worldwide.

But there is a catch.

When you self-publish, you have to take on all of the roles of a traditional publisher, including professional editing, proofreading, cover design, final book formatting and interior design and then distribution, marketing and promotion.

Not everyone wants to learn and develop those skills, so they pay specialists to do the work for them. This can be very costly, and just like a traditional publisher, you cannot predict how many sales you will have to cover those costs, because you are also running the marketing and promotion campaign.

So what IS the best publishing model for your book?

Here is the view of a “Hybrid” Author-Entrepreneur.

I am in the very fortunate position that 18 of my contemporary romance novels are published in multiple formats and languages by Harlequin and Carina UK, but I have also self-published 14 books, including a romantic thriller and guides for writers.  My full list is HERE.

I therefore have the benefit of being published by both a “traditional” publishing house, and running a self-publishing line.

There has never been a better time to be a writer. 

And there has never been a worse time to be a writer.

I believe that statement is true whether you write commercial genre fiction as I do, or any other kind of fiction or non-fiction.

The opportunities available to authors today are astonishing.

But all of that material creates a very serious problem.

The proliferation of reading devices and content has created such a deluge of material, that the tidal wave has washed away traditional pricing structures for books.

There is a glut of books and readers expect to pay either very little for those books or even get them for free. This is especially true for genre fiction.

That is why it is essential to carry our research into self-publishing and learn about the business before you invest hundreds of hours and your hard-earned cash on a project which may fail.

It is crucial that you treat self-publishing as a business from the start.

If you know your market and understand precisely what your readers are looking for, this can be a very rewarding and exciting career.