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*** Great News for Indie Publishers!
On July 23, Wired Magazine reported:
"Before 1998, it was rare for established publishing companies
to bid on self-published fiction. But in the last 18 months,
thanks in great part to authors' ability to use the Internet to
market themselves, more than three dozen self-published novels
have been picked up by major houses."
Full story: http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,53996,00.html
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*** New Site for Indie Publishers
BooksXYZ is a service designed to help self-published authors
and small publishers promote their books, as it simultaneously
encourages our society -- particularly children -- to read,
to learn, and to write. Sponsored by the The Acadiana
Educational Endowment and the American Public School Endowments
who feel that "self-publishing, like the Internet, is an
excellent platform for the dissemination of information; and
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exchange of ideas." Visit:
Announcement courtesy of Jim Barnes at BookPublishing.com
Earlier this year we discussed a way to "save" by mailing books
directly to readers in a cheap envelope. To date, five books
have been lost in the mails as a result. The cost of replacing
the lost books has been much more than the "savings," and we
are now using more costly padded envelopes instead.
The lesson: if you ship books directly to readers, DON'T scrimp
on the packaging! For a book that weighs less than one pound,
the cost of Media Mail postage and a padded envelope is about $2,
plus your time and effort. Priority Mail is about $4.
These facts shed some light on the reasons why many publishers
are happy to pay wholesaler distributors 50% or more of cover price,
or use third-party fulfullment services. For examples of companies
that will process orders and ship books to readers for you, see:
We hope that the lesson we learned will save you from making the
same mistake. If you have lessons to share with fellow authors
and publishers, please feel free to notify us. Our readers are
a valued resource, and we appreciate your participation!
*** Reminder: New Book Review Outlet
Heartland Reviews is a new venture by book veteran Bob Spear.
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Poynter & Snow remind readers that book reviews are better than
paid advertising. Advertising is expensive; editorial coverage
is free. Furthermore, book reviews have credibility in the eyes
of the public; advertising does not.
See the new 2002 edition of "U-Publish.com" for an extensive
list of potential book review outlets.
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