Notes from An Alien

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Writers Becoming Their Own Publisher


I’ve written a lot about “self-publishing” and I need to, finally, clear up a misconception.

I haven’t actually “self-published”; I’ve used a Print-On-Demand publisher rather than a Traditional publisher.

Right now, the grades seem to be: Traditional, Independent, “Aided”, and Self-publishing.

Pure Self-publishing is done through places like Smashwords and Amazon; “Aided” is through companies like FastPencil (what I use).

But, the ultimate gig for highly industrious writers is to Be their Own Independent Publisher

This is something I will never do; and, the man I’m going to point you towards has enough experience to prove that only the most energetic writers are capable of being their own full-blown publisher.

It’s one thing to use Amazon to publish an e-book; it’s quite another thing to produce print and e-books and distribute them yourself to Amazon as well as other Web companies, then go on to distribute to bookstores, handle returns, and a thousand other tasks.

Dean Wesley Smith, according to Wikipedia, “is a science fiction author, known primarily for his Star Trek novels, film novelizations, and other novels of licensed properties such as Smallville, Spider-Man, X-Men, Aliens, Roswell, and Quantum Leap.” And, according to his own Bio: “Over his career he has also been an editor and publisher, first at Pulphouse Publishing, then for VB Tech Journal, then for Pocket Books. Currently, he is writing thrillers and mystery novels under another name.”

He’s created his own WMG Publishing House as well as chronicled all the considerations and tasks necessary to be one’s own publisher in the workshop, Think Like A Publisher.

Here are the various sections:

1… Early Decisions

2…Expected Costs

3…Projected Income

4…Production and Scheduling

5…Basics of Production

6…Covers and Publisher Looks

7…Sales Plan

8…Prices, Discounts, and Sales

9…Selling to Independent Bookstores

9.5…The Secret of Indie Publishing

10…The Returns System

11…Electronic Sales to Bookstores

12…The Time It Takes

I hope Dean’s information and experience will help the brave writing-souls who feel they can be their own publisher.

Are you one of those people?

Do you know one?

Actually, there are many other resources on the Web for folks who want to become their own Independent Publishers; but, Dean’s articles are friendly and full of his personal experience.

And, perhaps, every writer could benefit from reading and understanding this process

If you’re a writer, are you considering Traditional, “Aided”, or Self-publishing?

Have you already been published through one of these Paths?

I’m hoping this post gets some Lively Comment activity :-)
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5 responses to “Writers Becoming Their Own Publisher

  1. Simone Benedict February 21, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I wasn’t aware of the distinction so thank you for posting about it. Smashwords is great for reading books, imo. I’ve considered publishing through that site. Maybe now I’ll have to go back and look at fastpencil.

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  2. Alexander M Zoltai February 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Oh, Simone, do look at FastPencil and don’t hesitate to ask me ANY questions you may have.

    From my standpoint, short of being one’s own publisher, FastPencil has the Very Best Deal going :-)

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  3. Haley Whitehall (@HaleyWhitehall) February 21, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Alexander this is a great post. Many people confuse these terms. I believe pure self-publishing print books is very difficult to do, not to mention expensive. However, author’s can do quite well with “aided” publishing, as you have.

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  4. Alexander M Zoltai February 21, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Good to see you here, Haley :-)

    I feel that the various “grades” of publishing are, as I write this, changing—more options are surely coming

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