Self-Publishing

Discussion in 'Money & Investing' started by technoflutemom, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. technoflutemom

    technoflutemom Registered Member

    Anyone ever sold their self published books on eBay? I've done pretty well selling specialty manuals for specific hobbies (don't do it anymore). Anyone else do the same?
     

  2. Melos

    Melos Registered Member

    Re: Sefl-Publishing

    I think self-publishing exists for the exact reason you stated. It is great for publishing and selling specific non-fiction or how-to type books. Not so great for fiction or general interest books.

    I've never done self-publishing myself. I'm a fiction writer, and hope to be published traditionally.
     
  3. technoflutemom

    technoflutemom Registered Member

    Re: Sefl-Publishing

    You're exactly right. With a few notable exceptions, fiction just doesn't do well self-published. With non-fiction, though, there are some nich markets that traditional publishers don't know about or wouldn't find profitable enough to pursue.

    I would kind of like to get back into it, since it was my most sucessful eBay venture. You have to have the right product, though, and get good word of mouth from the hobbyists.
     
  4. Melos

    Melos Registered Member

    Re: Sefl-Publishing

    I'm actually thinking of writing up a family story-book: tales my father told my sisters and I as little kids, anecdotes about family events, and some history and geneology too. I'd be self-publishing that, of course, because it would not be for sale :)
     
  5. Mirage

    Mirage Administrator Staff Member V.I.P.

    Re: Sefl-Publishing

    Are you guys talking about eBooks or physical books? If you are self publishing hardcopies of books, then don't you have to find a publisher to print the books?
     
  6. karenlyn

    karenlyn Registered Member

    I bought a self-published ebook off of ebay once, so I know that they DO sell. If you have something non-fiction (I agree that this is not the right market for fiction), eBay seems like a good way to sell it. Especially to a niche market.
     
  7. technoflutemom

    technoflutemom Registered Member

    Re: Sefl-Publishing

    I'm talking about hard copies. It is easy to become your own publisher. Just sign up for ISBNs (you don't even have to do that unless you want to sell on Amazon), print the books out and bind them some way. I got a manual comb binding machine for about $50 and printed my covers out on nice card stock.
     
  8. Melos

    Melos Registered Member

    Re: Sefl-Publishing

    Well, you can get all the equiptment yourself, or you could just pay to have multiple copies of your book bound and printed. Lulu (and others) are print-on-demand companies. That means that they only print a copy of your book when someone buys it. This is the cheapest way for someone to print a book because there is no outlay of money on the author's part.
     
  9. Penguin

    Penguin Registered Member

    Re: Sefl-Publishing

    I have a book here that I helped edit that the author self-published. I'm not sure if he sold any copies, but it's not bad. It's fiction.
     

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