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My 2 Minutes of Instant Fame

Look over on the side bar and you’ll see my little video of reading a story embellished and condensed from a story told to me by Bruce Cannon some years back. Is it True? What is truth? But it does describe a life-changing experience, and fiction is allowed in the rules of the Simpleology Best Selling Blueprint contest at Bethenextbestsellingauthor.com.

I want to acknowledge the use of a portion of  “Say Old Man Can You Play that Fiddle” performed by  EJ Ouellette & Crazy Maggy as the background music,  available at Tradebit.com.  Fiddle rock jam is a perfect description and it was perfect for the story, most of which was left out for time.

Maybe I’ll post the rest of it here one day, but Idon’t want to squander my best source of narrative all in one day.

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Marion Gropen’s Blog: Publishing for Profit

Marion Gropen is one of the pros on the Yahoo Self-Publishing group that consistently has good, down to earth, tested advice. Check out her blog at http://www.gropenassoc.com/blog/

An article that caught my eye today was What is  a Publisher?    She tells us what wise authors need if we plan to self-publish:

  • A block of ISBNs (10 for about $200 from Bowker-the more you buy, the cheaper by the each)
  • Book design skills 
    • Graphic design for the cover, a marketing skill
    • Interior design of typesetting and layout
  • Editing, copyediting, and proofreading
  • Marketing skills and strategies for appropriate audiences
  • Distribution channels for appropriate markets
  • Industry and market expertise

If you want to be a publisher, you need to have these skills or be able to contract for them. Marion is also associated with Wexford Press ( a printing company) that can be your source for some of these these skills. 

A traditional publisher pays you for the rights to spend their capital on producing your book, selling it for you, and distributing it for you .  If you are the publisher, then obviously, you are spending your own capital.  Before you put a lot of your own capital with the blood, sweat and tears that you have put into your manuscript, do some research.  Remember that the more of your time and effort you spend to produce your book and sell it, the less time you have for writing the next one.  Make sure that you understand what a contracted service will do for your money and what is still up to you to accomplish.

If you are considering self publishing, do consider joining the free Self-Publishing yahoo group where you can ask questions and get the benefit of others’ experiences, good and bad.  

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