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Authors: be aware

Started by Humberto Sachs. Last reply by Raymond Cook Sep 29, 2015. 15 Replies


Started by Robin Leigh Morgan. Last reply by CeDany Apr 7, 2015. 1 Reply

Self-Publish Without Spending Money

Started by Matthew Davenport. Last reply by Matthew Davenport Mar 1, 2015. 2 Replies

Id like your opnion on self publishing.

Started by Kristin . Last reply by Kristin Dec 1, 2014. 11 Replies


Started by Dairenna VonRavenstone. Last reply by Anna L. Walls Nov 18, 2014. 7 Replies

I'm self publishing my own work

Started by Cordelia Kirby Alexander. Last reply by Raymond Cook Nov 16, 2014. 3 Replies


Started by SR Clowes. Last reply by T. R. Robinson Nov 10, 2014. 38 Replies

Thoughts/Ideas: Author/Author Marketing +

Started by PJ Sterling. Last reply by Norma Padro Sep 18, 2014. 15 Replies

Book Layout using word

Started by Olive Peart. Last reply by Ann John Feb 9, 2014. 16 Replies

Why do you need a.... BRAND BUMPER?

Started by Dr. Marina Kostina Jan 30, 2014. 0 Replies

Final Stages before Self-Publishing

Started by Andrea Phillips. Last reply by Andrea Phillips Sep 28, 2013. 5 Replies

How to publish an e-book with Smashwords

Started by Kay Elizabeth. Last reply by T. R. Robinson Aug 22, 2013. 5 Replies

I want to publish my own work! That's what I call self publishing!

Started by Cordelia Kirby Alexander. Last reply by Cordelia Kirby Alexander Jun 15, 2013. 6 Replies

Timelines for Self-Publishing

Started by Andrea Phillips. Last reply by Anna L. Walls Jun 12, 2013. 8 Replies

Book Printing Prices

Started by W.J. O'Neil. Last reply by T. R. Robinson May 18, 2013. 13 Replies

Cover artist

Started by Craig Brummer Jan 21, 2013. 0 Replies

Literary Directory

Started by Tracy Kauffman Jan 12, 2013. 0 Replies

Book Cover Help

Started by Latricia Chandler. Last reply by Craig Brummer Jan 12, 2013. 14 Replies

Lightning Source vs. CreateSpace vs. Lulu

Started by Kay Elizabeth. Last reply by Bruce Jackson Spohn Jun 4, 2012. 11 Replies

Book Cover

Started by Latricia Chandler. Last reply by Izhar ul Haq Apr 11, 2012. 3 Replies

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Comment by Bruce Jackson Spohn on January 6, 2012 at 8:08pm

Thanks for the feedback.  I do need to find out what the shippingcost will be but so far the $6.90 per hard cover book is not bad.

Comment by Bruce Jackson Spohn on January 6, 2012 at 9:35pm

I just called Creat Space and was told that shipping cost for 100 books woud be about $40.00 or $0.40 per book.  If you ordedr more the each price could get lower. That is for a 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 hard cover book with 130 pages.

Comment by Bruce Jackson Spohn on February 1, 2012 at 7:15pm

Createspace also has direct connection to Amazon and the E-Book market.  We will have to facxe the fact that paper will become a thing of the past.

Comment by Stanley S. Thornton on February 1, 2012 at 8:50pm

$6.90 is a good price with a $0.40 per book shipping charge.  That puts hardcover books at $7.30 each.  A few months ago, I bought 275 copies for $8.99 plus $189.17 shipping charge.  This means I paid $9.68 per copy total.  $2.00 difference is $2.00 in your pocket.

Comment by Bruce Jackson Spohn on February 1, 2012 at 9:24pm

I have been doing so thinking about how to get my books sold and still make some money.  True the $7.30 per hard cover is a great price but you still have to get them sold.  Most book stores charge a large % of the price.  I am in contact with the locall school to see if they would like to use my book as a fund raiser.  I woul dlet the school keep $7.00 per book sold at a list price of $17.00 hard cover signed.  That would still leave me with about $2.00 per book after the cost for the book is subtracted.  And I can put it down as a charitable donation for taxes.  Think about how many books can be sold that way.  I am sure you all have bought something from the local school to support their worthy programs.

Comment by Bruce Jackson Spohn on February 2, 2012 at 8:34pm

Getting the book published is only the first step.  Once you have the book you need to market it.  I have been doing some thinking aobut a way to get lots of copies sold and even make a few dollars.  I contacted a local high school and asked if they would consider selling my book as a fund raising event.  Much to my surpirse they did not turn me down.  they said they would need to see the book first and then they might be interested.  I offered them $5.00 per book sold at a list price of $17.95.  Each book would be signed by me.  If I can keep the cost per book under $8.00 I will be able to make a little money.  Most schools sell candy bars to get money for the band and this would be easier to do.  I am sure they could sell between 500 to 1,000 books

Comment by Bruce Jackson on February 10, 2012 at 9:27pm
I'd be grateful for any tips this group might have on the subject of desktop publishing software. I plan to self-publish a non-fiction book that, along with text, will have quite a few tables and graphs (both b/w and color) that have been created in Excel. Which programs are best for this sort of endeavor? (or should I just stick with creating PDFs from MSWord?)  Someone suggested Adobe's InDesign, but it looks like that is a bit pricey (~$700).
Comment by Stephanie Q on June 6, 2012 at 8:55pm

Hi All,

I am a copy editor and proofreader for EditProof, a boutique copy editing service company based in Los Angeles. I used to do freelance work exclusively, but I’m preparing to start a copy editing and proofreading site solely for new self-published authors.

EditProof will officially launch on June 25th, 2012; however, as a promotional effort, I’d love to have the chance to do some copy editing work for you, completely free. If you like my work and have some paid projects for me down the road, that’d be great of course, but I’d be happy just for the opportunity to network and share my services to you.

I’m sure you have a story or two stored away somewhere on your computer that you haven't had the time or motivation to work on recently; let me edit it for you!

Simply, send me the first chapter of a story you're working on, and within 24 hours I will return to you a copy edited and proofread version of your work, accompanied with one page of editorial tips and suggestions-- for FREE. It's a one-time trial and you'll receive free editorial feedback on the work you've done so you can proceed writing with more confidence and less uncertainty. You'll be one closer to getting published!

What do you think?

If interested, please send me a message! If not, could you please take 30 seconds to answer a 9-question survey?


Comment by Stephanie Q on June 6, 2012 at 9:12pm

Attention, writers: Please take 30 seconds to take answer this 9-question survey  I appreciate it!

Comment by Carol Ann Quibell on June 6, 2012 at 10:35pm


I took your survey but there seems to be a problem with the last question - I think I followed directions - ranking them but it wouldn't accept them.  Just thought I should let you know in case there is a way for you to simplify it.  


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