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Should We All Self-Publish A Book?

You’ve probably heard the old adage: “Everyone has a novel in them.”

Sometimes, it continues with, “and that’s right where it should stay.”

I can believe everyone does have a novel or autobiography or memoir or non-fiction book inside them.

What I can’t believe is that everyone has what it takes to get it out.

Some folks use ghost writers. And, the ones who are brave write it themselves and self-publish.

I guess you could call me brave………

If you’re new to this blog, you should know that, even though my latest book is for sale, I still give it away. [HINT: it’s one of the pink links in the left side-panel]

I self-published for two reasons:

* My book needs to be read as soon as possible by people because, even though it’s a novel, the story has the potential to help our human family.

* I really didn’t think traditional publishers would see my book as a profit-maker.

By the way, that particular book, even though it’s only six months old has found its way into at least one library.

Naturally, I’ve written a number of other posts about various aspects of self-publishing but there’s yet another angle:

Sacramento Public Library: Self-publishing made possible through Espresso Book Machine

Darien Library to Become First East Coast Library to Install Espresso Book Machine

New York Public Library gets first Espresso Book Machine

And, there are more places, libraries and bookstores, getting into the act…

Walk in and, in five minutes, have one of thousands of books, possibly one you’ve just finished writing (and, hopefully edited well), printed on the spot, for extremely nominal cost. I saw one library charging only $6.00/book

What does this phenomenon mean?

Not only can folks self-publish through companies that take care of the production end of book-birth, people can walk into a library or bookstore and walk out with their own book in mere minutes

Is this intriguing to you?

Does it sound like something that will turn into a short-lived fad?

Will it make lots more people believe they have a book in them just waiting to get out?

Want to check out the company that makes this machine?

Wanna watch a book being made?

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16 responses to “Should We All Self-Publish A Book?

  1. Jackie Paulson (Author) October 25, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I do believe this, “What I can’t believe is that everyone has what it takes to get it out.”
    I hope to get mine out one day.


  2. Catana October 25, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    The idea that everyone has a book in them is one of those meaningless all-inclusive generalizations that people love to hear. It’s gained even more of a foothold since the means for publishing even the most illiterate and interesting-to-no-one-but-the-writer piece of crap is available to anyone with a keyboard and a word processor. No, not everyone has a book in them. No more than everyone has the ability to be an athlete or play the piano. It’s possible that the main reason for the floods of garbage swamping Smashwords, Amazon, etc., is that very statement. It’s an ego-stroke that lets people believe things about themselves that simply aren’t true. It’s called self-delusion.


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