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Self-publishing 101

June 24, 2011

“Sailor on Ice” is self-published, print-on-demand. Conventional publishers won’t take a flyer on an unknown author whose book won’t generate the kind of mass-market appeal that will sell many thousands.

My book is not that kind book, but that was never the goal. At its very inception in 1995, I realized that if getting published was the only reason I was writing it, that wasn’t enough. I determined then, that the only goal was to tell Tom Crean’s story in the best way I possibly could.

In that I have been a complete success.

Generally speaking, distributors won’t carry a book unless it comes from a recognized publishing house. So bookstores can’t sell it at list price and expect to turn a profit. To move any copies at all the author takes on the roles of writer, distributor, and publicist. For a start I’ve got six dates in three states for the Summer-Fall 2011 book tour.

The second is tomorrow.

One Comment leave one →
  1. June 25, 2011 2:25 pm

    When U r on Ur tour, May your steps be light where ever you go.

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