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I Need Your Help ~ Let’s Decide Which Is Better: Traditional or Self-Publishing . . .


I try to be a fair and balanced blogger (folks in the U.S.A. may be laughing because I just used two words an infamous, unfair, and egregiously unbalanced media company use).

I’ve been blogging about Reading, Writing, and Publishing for nearly two years now.

My readership has grown in a satisfying way but I’m hoping this particular post can lead to an upsurge in readers—and Commenters.

I’m not looking for reader comments to make this blog show up better on search engines or to help me sell anything (even my short novel is available for free in the side-bar).

What I’m after is sufficient commentary on this post to help me make a personal decision

Naturally, if you and your friends can help enough, this post could end up helping lots of other people, too

I’ve spent considerable effort here finding news articles and blog posts that discuss traditional publishing and compare it with self-publishing.

And, you can use the Top Tags widget in the side-bar to find past articles

Here’s the thing though.

I self-published my most recent book through FastPencil (I’ve also used Lulu).

Still, there are aspects of the operation of traditional publishers that seem to have more potential to make books “acceptable” to readers

On the other hand, there are many authors who’ve experienced traditional publishing and shifted away from the legacy model—one particularly important example is Joe Konrath.

So, how can you help me?

First, watch the videos below and leave a Comment.

Second, tell your friends to watch the videos and make Comments.

I’m hoping there’ll be enough Comments to let me do, at least, two more posts on this important issue—What Is The Best Way To Publish A Book?

Just a few more considerations before the videos:

I realize there may be reasons for writers to pursue both types of publishing—they each have “advantages” and “disadvantages”

I put quotes around those words in the last sentence because one person’s profitableness can be another’s handicap.

Also, you may not have published or have friends who have.

I still encourage you to watch the videos and make a judgement on whether these professionals and authors seem like people you can trust [a fair and balanced evaluation of body language and voice inflection might be appropriate]

Last consideration—you may (or, all your friends may) have no knowledge of different kinds of publishing.

I’d still like your Comments on the following issue—How Do You Feel Reading, Writing, and Publishing “Fit Together” ?

OK, here are the videos—do hope you make a Comment :-)


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Reading, Writing, Publishing ~ Which Do You Want Most?


Wanting something “Most” usually means there’s something “Next Most”, etc.

Sometimes, it’s impossible to break a tie for Most Wanted

I hope you’ll take a moment and let me know how you feel about these topics for this blog.

Note > There is a space, “Other”, for your own ideas :-)

(multiple votes are possible)

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Our Comment Link Is At The Top of The Post :-)
For Private Comments, Email: amzolt {at} gmail {dot} com

What Do You Want To See On This Blog?


Since the average number of visitors per day has risen by 20 in the last two months, I thought this an opportune moment to invite you express your preferences.

Please, visit this link to our Very Short Survey on Reading, Writing, and Publishing.

You can make up to three choices for what  You  want to see here :-)

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Our Comment Link Is At The Top of The Post :-)
For Private Comments, Email: amzolt {at} gmail {dot} com