Publish It Yourself

You wrote a book and now you want to publish it; check out these titles from our digital collections to guide you through your publishing adventure! There are two different ways to publish and sell your book: Traditional publishing and Self-publishing.

With traditional publishing, the publisher handles everything from marketing and distribution to warehousing your book. There is no expense to you, since publishers make a profit from book sales.

In self-publishing, you select the type of platform to publish your book. The work of marketing, distribution and warehousing falls to you, as do the expenses. Advantages of self-publishing include that you control when the book is published, retain all rights, and receive 100 percent of the profits.

There are a variety of self-publishing models. These type of publishers accept all book submissions. You pay for printing and binding services. The publisher can offer editing, proofreading, or marketing at an additional cost. This also cuts the cost of having to store your books.

With a print-on-demand publisher, you pay for the books as they are printed. A vanity publisher does not offer editing or marketing services. A subsidy publisher contributes a portion of the cost to editing, distribution, warehousing, and marketing. The publisher owns the books until it is sold, and you make money from the royalties.

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Publishing is a personal story of a writer's hunger to be published, the pursuit of that goal, and then the long haul—for Gail Godwin, forty-five years of being a published writer and all that goes with it. A student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1958, Godwin met with Knopf scouts who came to campus every spring in search of new talent. Though her five pages of Windy Peaks were turned down and the novel never completed, she would go on to publish two story collections and fourteen novels, three of which were National Book Award finalists, five of which were New York Times bestsellers.

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Though the term Electronic Age might harken back to a time that makes the Jetson's seemed futuristic, there is no doubt that this millennium is anything but. Debbie Elicksen has built a career on pioneering digital content for marketing and publishing strategies. Recognized as a visionary for her use of transmedia, this book joins her long list of titles already popular for helping to usher in out-of-the-box thinking for publishing and marketing in today's digital-based marketplace.

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Rosset was the antidote to the trope of the “gentleman publisher" personified by other pioneering figures of the industry such as Alfred A. Knopf, Bennett Cerf and James Laughlin. If Barney saw a crowd heading one way—he looked the other. If he knew something was forbidden, he regarded it as a plus. Unsurprisingly, financial ruin, along with the highs and lows of critical reception, marked his career. But his unswerving dedication to publishing what he wanted made him one of the most influential publishers ever.

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Professional and aspiring writers, including those who wish to self-publish, will find indispensable tools in this practical, complete, and time-saving popular resource. Business and Legal Forms for Authors and Self-Publishers contains all of the essential forms for success, including assignment confirmations, contracts between author and agent, publisher, collaborator, designer, printer, sales representative, book distributor, and more, copyright applications and transfers, licenses of rights (including electronic rights), permissions, nondisclosure, and invoices.

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