Busy Busy Busy

by | Mar 19, 2011

A Self-Publisher's Companion by Joel Friedlander
I’m busy at work today getting ready for the launch that starts next week of A Self-Publisher’s Companion. Even though I’ve planned this as a “soft launch,” I’m still writing a slew of articles (check on Monday for an invitation I’m extending to all readers), getting ready for a few interviews, putting the finishing touches on press releases. Oh, and I’ve got a few book projects I’m working on for clients, too.

If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend Jane Friedman’s roundup of the 4 Key Categories of Self-Publishing. This is a terrific overview of what’s available to authors in self-publishing options as of today, right now.

Jane really excels at taking a step back and putting things into context. And because she works in traditional publishing, she has a unique take on the situation. As she says in the article, “The self-publishing landscape is changing rapidly.” Give it a look, and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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  1. Roger C. Parker

    Dear Joel:
    Thank you for highlighting Jane Friedman’s 4 Key Categories of Self-Publishing, and best wishes on your book launch tomorrow.

    By the way, I frequently recommend your Ebook Conversions Directory, https://www.ebookconversiondirectory.com/ which is a great resource.


    • Joel Friedlander

      Roger, thanks so much for your referrals. As you know, I set up the Directory out of frustration with trying to find this information. We are continuing to tweak the interface to make it more useful.

      By the way, I’m doing a “soft launch” that is not oriented to a one day blowout, Amazon-bestseller type of event. The “launch” will be going on for about three weeks, so stay tuned.

  2. Michael N. Marcus

    Correction: “ArborHouse” should be “Arbor Books.”

  3. Michael N. Marcus

    Jane Friedman’s categorization of self-publishing paths based on service vendors rather than on self-publishing authors’ business models can be misleading.

    I classify myself as an “independent” self-publisher. I formed my own publishing company, I own ISBNs, hire designers and editors, get LCCNs and copyrights, conduct promotion, etc.

    I also choose printers. Most of the time I use Lightning Source, but sometimes I use CreateSpace (for less-important books that use modifications of their free cover templates instead of paying an artist for an original design). Sometimes I use Lulu (better photographic reproduction than LS or CS can achieve, and for PDF eBooks). I also use eBookit.com for multiple-format eBooks going to multiple booksellers.

    The variety of vendors of author services is large and growing. Some self-publishing companies are now offering a la carte services in addition to full-service packages. For example, I could use ArborHouse for ghostwriting, Outskirts Press for eBook production, and AuthorHouse’s AuthorHive for marketing.

    Michael N. Marcus
    — Create Better Books, with the Silver Sands Publishing Series: https://www.silversandsbooks.com/booksaboutpublishing.html
    — “Stories I’d Tell My Children (but maybe not until they’re adults),” https://www.amazon.com/dp/0981661750

    Michael N. Marcus


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