Distribute Your Self-Published Book - Part 1

Written by Judy Cullins

Distribute Your Self-Published Book - Part 1 Judy Cullins c 2003 All Rights Reserved

Where is your book now? With a distributor? In a book store? Or, did it already die an early death after a few months?

New self-published authors often believe they need a distributor to sell a lot of books. They want to use Ingram or Baker & Taylor because they think they need to get their book intorepparttar "brick and mortar" bookstores like Barnes and Noble.

Authors go through many hoops and snags to accomplish this-- what I callrepparttar 129276 "traditional publishing nightmare" of inefficiency and lack of support for authors. Usuallyrepparttar 129277 author only gets around 10% royalties and has to pay back all promotion expenses such as book signings. So many hoops, some give up. So many authors I speak with who have gone this route still have hundreds, even thousands of unsold copies littering up storage space. Talk about discouragement.

Distributors Can be Dangerous to Your Book's Health and Your Wallet

One author wrote, illustrated, and marketed six beautiful children's books. Her books were well reviewed and received. For some time,repparttar 129278 profits rolled in until her distributor went bankrupt, owing her $160,000. After she stopped crying, she decided to take her books onrepparttar 129279 road—to local fairs and talks where she could KEEP allrepparttar 129280 profits.

Distributors take quite a chunk of money fromrepparttar 129281 author's profits too. They chargerepparttar 129282 author for storage, and when books are returned,repparttar 129283 author loses those sales, and has to payrepparttar 129284 distributor too. Authors lose fromrepparttar 129285 bookstores because their payment is late or unreliable. Some authors wait way beyond 90 days. In fact, many just don't get paid. Writers are not always good at collections either. These middlemen not only take most ofrepparttar 129286 author's profits, they cause much stress too.

How Can Self-Published Authors Distribute?

Self-published books include: print books (perfect bound, comb bound, print on demand or print quantity needed, or stapled) or eBooks (sent over Email through Word or Portable Document Files)

Get Your First Sale!

Written by Angela Booth

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Summary: Learn this easy, three step, guaranteed process to make your first sale --- and it doesn't matter what you're selling.

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Get Your First Sale!

Copyright © 2003 by Angela Booth

Nothing beatsrepparttar 129275 joy of your first sale. You can plot, plan, market and dream all you want, but until you get that first sale, you're not sure that you have a real business. It's 25 years since I sold my first book to an international publisher. I walked on air for days. To my mind, because real writers wrote books, I was real writer at last.

Your first sale legitimizes what you're doing to others, and not least to yourself. When you've got that sale, you get a lot more than money: you get confidence, feedback, and ideas on how you can makerepparttar 129276 next sale andrepparttar 129277 next.

How do you make that first sale? Here's how:

=> One: Give yourself a deadline

Although I'd made writing sales I didnít sell a book until I gave myself a deadline. I gave myself a long deadline, ten years. I didnít need that long, it took a year. However setting a deadline turned selling a book from a dream into a goal. If I hadn't given myself a deadline, I would have fudged for years: making outlines, doing research, writing a chapter here and there, and convincing myself that I was trying to sell a book, when I wasn't doing anything ofrepparttar 129278 sort.

Give yourself a deadline to make your first sale. You'll know how longrepparttar 129279 deadline should be. Donít make it ten years unless it's something where you need to learn a lot of skills first before you can produce a product.

Your deadline must be serious. The ten years I gave myself wasrepparttar 129280 absolute cut-off date. If I hadnít sold a book by then, I intended giving up writing book-length material forever.

=> Two: Ask forrepparttar 129281 sale!

Once I'd setrepparttar 129282 ten-year deadline, I knew I had to ask forrepparttar 129283 sale. This meant submitting partials to publishers. A partial is a fiction proposal. It consists of a synopsis, a chapter outline, andrepparttar 129284 first chapters: around 50 to 100 pages ofrepparttar 129285 novel. I wrote a partial every two months, and sent them out.

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