7 Myths About Self-Published Books

Sara Flower Kjeldsen Writes

#1They’re Only Self-publishing Because No Publisher Accepted Their Story. Many indie authors skip the agent querying step, preferring to publish on their own time and terms. You have some indie authors who queried agents to no avail and they had no other choice but to self-publish. That does not mean that their future books won’t be accepted by publishers. Some agents could personally love a story, but they won’t take a chance on something that isn’t “marketable” at the time. Being rejected often isn’t because the story lacked quality. Some authors do a bit of querying to see what happens and if no agent or publisher bites, they self-publish when they are ready.

A lot of people view their writing as art, so the idea of having other people controlling how their work gets published turns them off. Never assume someone self-published because they “had” to. Many people choose…

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Why Self-Publishing Doesn’t Need To Match Traditional Standards

Sara Flower Kjeldsen Writes


I’ve seen a few threads recently on Twitter about whether indie books are supposed to meet the same industry standards as traditionally published books. It’s usually started as a question like: “Should indie books be of the same quality/level as traditionally published books?” The responses will be mixed though alot of people believe indie books need to meet the same standards as traditionally published books. The mindset behind this is usually something along this line: If a reader is paying for a book they should be getting a high quality product that is comparable to a book they’d buy from a traditionally published author.

I don’t disagree with the fact that any published book should be good quality – there should be minimal typos, no major formatting errors (How one formats their book can be up to personal taste, though), have an interesting book cover, and the author should…

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Self-Publishing Tips by Aithal + My Abortion Story Podcast

Happiness Between Tails by da-AL

Blog post title and covers of some of the novels by Aithal.
Some of the novels by Aithal.


Click H-E-R-E for my podcast page at AnchorFM. This week’s show is the audio version of My Abortion Story.

At the Happiness Between Tails podcast page, you’ll also find links to subscribe, hear, and share it via most any platform, from Spotify and Apple Podcasts, to Google Podcasts and Pocket Casts, along with RadioPublic and Castbox and Stitcher and more, plus an RSS feed. Check out the full list of 50+ places.

The right to safe legal abortions and to wield guns — given how the first is crumbling and the second is more out of control than ever — a fellow Meetup writer mused, “Guns will be used freely to hunt down anyone remotely associated with abortion. Just like in The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel and TV series).”

My heart is heavy with…

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Another E-book on (from) Creative Kiwis

Creative Kiwis: "Write, Create, Innovate"

Bill’s working hard on my first five (or so) books from 1993… this one is my first novel (“faction”) and the start of the South African books journey

All proceeds go to alocal charity (worthy and needy)– Bill and I


Some proceeds go to the elderly, needy, infirm and challenged (by “the necessities of daily living”) – ME!

Shared by the “International Marketing Manager”


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Only 40 Self-Published Authors are a Success, says Amazon

Claude Forthomme's Blog about Social Issues and Books

The cat is out of the bag, finally we know exactly how many self-published authors make it big: 40.

Yes, that’s not a typo.

40 self-published authors “make money”, all the others, and they number in the hundreds of thousands, don’t. This interesting statistic, recently revealed in a New York Times article, applies to the Kindle Store, but since Amazon is in fact the largest digital publishing platform in the world, it is a safe bet that self-published authors are not doing much better anywhere else.

“Making money” here means selling more than one million e-book copies in the last five years. Yes, 40 authors have managed that, and have even gone on to establishing their own publishing house, like Meredith Wild. Her story is fully reported in the New York Times, here, and well worth pondering over. And wondering what “making money” really means.


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