Want to be a published writer in the next 90 seconds? You can be. Hop on over to Blogger and post part of your latest opus.
Keep posting tasters of your book, promote your blog to get readers, and then sell the book as an ebook. You may just make more money than you’d make if you went the traditional publishing route. No, let me rephrase that, since I have considerable, and painful, experience with traditional publishers, you WILL make more money than if you went the traditional publishing route.
With the Kindle, and the coming iPad, 2010 may well be the year of the ebook. Good news for writers, and good news for publishers too.
Yes, publishers. There’s an amusing kerfuffle going on between a couple of publishing houses and writers’ organizations, because these publishers are going into the vanity/ self-publishing business.
To recap, if you have been living in a cave for the past six months: This fall, Harlequin and Nelson–both major commercial publishers–launched “self-publishing” divisions, whereby aspiring authors could pay a fee and have their books formatted, printed, and distributed online. Both divisions were run by AS. A storm of public criticism ensued, prompting RWA, MWA, and SFWA to issue public statements and to de-list Harlequin, Nelson, or both.
Why are the authors’ organizations screaming? Basically because there’s a cachet to being a published Harlequin/ Thomas Nelson (or any traditional publisher) author. Once these houses open up the floodgates to the pay-to-get-published people, that cachet vanishes…
If I were a Harlequin/ Thomas Nelson author, I’d be cheering them on. Anything which helps traditional publishers to make money has to be helpful to the authors who depend on them for their daily bread.
Let me be clear that I have nothing against self-publishing — I love it. I just find it hugely amusing that traditional publishers now want to enhance their profits by these means. Déclassé, which is why the authors’ associations object.
Here’s my advice to you: sidestep the whole thing and publish your book yourself, using your blog to gain a readership and buyers.
Here’s one blogger who’s making money by promoting his own products. If you want to self-publish, there’s a lot you can learn from him. How A Self-Promoting Blogger Makes $1.3 Mil A Year And Still Gets No Respect – Timothy Sykes | Mixergy – Online Business Tips from Successful Entrepreneurs reports:
“The only thing Timothy Sykes wants more than your attention is your money. He wants to find a way for you to notice and remember him, because if you do, you’ll eventually agree with him that he’s a great stock picker and you’ll buy one of his programs so you can learn how he does it. That’s why he says so many outrageous things.”
If you want to blog your book, and self-publish, I’ve created an entire program for you to promote your books (or anything at all) on a blog, and make money at it.
Introducing — Angela Booth’s Lazy Rich Blogger method
After several years of trial and error, these days I create blogs which I know will make money: I’ve cracked the code. Not only do my blogs make money almost immediately, they’ll also keep on making money for years to come.
If you wish, you can join me on the blogging journey. I hope you do. As the Internet grows ever larger, there are endless opportunities which can turn you into a lazy, rich blogger.
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