Are you interested in getting your book published? Is your question "how to get my book published" Or has it already moved to "Should I self publish my book?" There are some good videos on YouTube that can help you with your questions. In this article, I will recommend several of the best. I have put them on the web page I'll link to at the bottom of this article to make it easy for you to take a look.
In the video, "Publishing Vs Self-Publishing," Dale Beaumont compares the two in six ways: 1) capital outlay, 2) knowledge requirements, 3) distribution channels, 4) income potential, 5) creative control, and 6) time to market. For the first three, going through a publisher has the advantage; for the second three, self publishing has.
In "How to Publish your Book," Kiera Cass devotes the majority of her time to discussing conventional publishing, recalling her experiences with finding an agent and a publisher. The experiences impress me as the sort of things people should not have to put up with.
In "How to publish your book, sell and promote it with web 2.0 tools," Joanna Penn discusses the way that the Web has changed things for authors. The options easily available for getting your book published have vastly expanded.
Jeff Rivera has some quick, informative movies on YouTube. In "Author Jeff Rivera of Gumbo Writers & The Write Stuff Talks Writing Tips #1," he tells you the biggest thing you need for getting your book published: an "author's platform," which is to say, your own fan base. In "how to publish your book and land an agent," he recommends writing a non-fiction book as a good way to become publishable: the people interested in the niche you are writing about constitute a market for the book. In "how to land a literary agent with the right query letter," he lists three ways you can do to make your query letter more likely to get you an agent. Getting an agent is usually necessary to get a regular publisher. In "why literary agents don't return calls," he tries to justify the tendency of literary agents not to return phone calls, behavior that is generally considered inexcusable. Along with Kiera Cass's experiences, it would seem to make an excellent case for not seeking a conventional publisher.
There were a number of videos that weren't worth watching. One great disappointment was "Dan Poynter - How To Write Your First Non-Fiction Book." It was just the beginning of a video of a seminar which ended before he provided any useful information. His "The Self Publishing Manual" is excellent, so I was expecting much better from his video.
These videos will give you good overview of getting your book published.
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You are invited to see the videos about how to publish your book, as well as other information on how to self publish. Thomas Christopher is a public speaker living in Boulder, Colorado.
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