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    Calling Independent Self-published Authors

    Not sure if you guys were aware of this but the Indie Novelist Summit is going on right now. Some good names in the industry are a part of it like David Chesson, Adam Croft, and Brian Meeks. Slot some time for it this weekend. You get a free ticket just by going to the website. It's a bunch of online master classes from indie authors in the know. But you have to slot time for it. Check it out. Saturday is a good day for self-publishers. Indie Novelist Summit. God bless.
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    When Should A Book Be Released

    There are more but from what I've found, these are the better ones. Also, two websites to frequent would be David Gaughran and Nik Erik. With those five resources, you'll be ahead of 90% of the people who self-publish.
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    When Should A Book Be Released

    If you're going to self-publish, I suggest learning for a time. Educate yourself on the way self-publishing gets done right. A podcast to listen to is the Self-Publishing Formula with Mark Dawson. Download his podcasts. Listen to them over and over. Get familiar with the software and services that are highlighted. Another one to listen to is Dave Chesson of Kindlepreneur and Bryan Cohen of Sell More Books. Take notes and begin to formulate a strategy. Write it down. Begin to implement it step by step. If you have the money and feel so inclined, enroll in Mark Dawson's Self-Publishing 101 course. It may be a bit pricey but you're starting a business and for the information he packs into that thing, it's well worth the price tag in the long run. Very much worth it. One thing to remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint. Even if you plan on releasing one book, you want to maximize it. The main reason would be 1 Corinthians 10:31 and Ecclesiastes 9:10. Feel free to continue to ask questions here. We'll help you out best we can. God bless you.
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    When Should A Book Be Released

    SW nailed it. He simply nailed it. Read his posts over and over. I can't even improve on that. Bravo, my brother. Bravo.
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    My answer is here: Are You a Christian Writer or Not? God bless
  6. Pretty good advice here. Particularly, #6 and #8. Spot on.
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    Calling Independent Self-published Authors

    This is one strategy but it is not the strategy. The strategy is to keep writing and keep putting out books. The more books you have out, the more discoverable you will be. At some point, you have to put out the book. Waiting until all three books are done has a major drawback to it, mainly that all that time you're not putting out a book, you are not developing a mailing list and therefore not developing a relationship with potential fans. If you write your first book, release it as a reader magnet (give it away for free for the most part) and use it to build your mailing list. Then you'll be building a fan base from day one and not building something in a vacuum. For the self-published, I will repeat the old marketing mantra: the money is in the list. I'm going to bang this drum until the cows come home because it's true.
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    Calling Independent Self-published Authors

    I have written a couple short stories as a part of my miniseries, The Dark Corner. They are permafree on Amazon. However, that turned into a full-fledged novel. Just Providence. Once you get into the flow of just writing for the joy of it, you'll find you can write much more than you imagined. I can write a 50k novel in a little over two weeks (I write 4k words a day). No matter what kind of writer you are, if you simply get into the habit of writing every day, you'll be surprised how many words you can pound out. God bless.
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    Calling Independent Self-published Authors

    Hey! There he is. How are you doing? Feeling better? Praying you are my brother. Glad that helped. I'm still experimenting with Scrivener so I'm no expert but I will say I LOVE that software. It's looking to be updated for Windows users here soon. Mac users already have the update. I may be using this space every so often to highlight some of the different tools and how to use them or at least some of the best places I found to go and get help. Blessings to you my brother.
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    Predator Alert - Avoid Elm Hill Books

    I am appalled...but not surprised. There are many reasons I won't get into it but David is as solid as they come and his article is fantastic. I remember ages ago when I was introduced to Westbow. I saw them coming at the horizon. I knew what they were about immediately. As Dionne Warwick suggested, I just walked on by. It's simple really. The Bible is clear on these things: The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going. (Proverbs 14:15) Or if you like a little more modern translation: The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps. (Proverbs 14:15)
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    Discrimination In The Writing World

    All I can say is that he nailed it. Nailed. It. This can very easily lead to a discussion of how this works out in the Christian book marketplace but I won't open that can of worms.
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    Treat Writing Like Your Job Before It Is

    I confess that you have to treat your writing like a job! Amen and amen.
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    Treat Writing Like Your Job Before It Is

    This is a myth and...well...wrong. A job is work. Whether you work for yourself or for someone else, that's the definition of a job. It is a task that you have been given to complete. I'm not going to get into the intricacies and various reasons why thinking you can rely on the government as an employee is just not accurate. Suffice to say that as an employee, you get the blame as well and hardly ever get the credit. And the business owner relationship doesn't mean that people don't still get blamed. Business owners get blamed all the time so this is just inaccurate or not congruent with reality for that matter. It's an over-generalization.
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    I'm a self-publisher. I have a few books out and there's no way it costs that much to self-publish a book. Uh...no. I can publish a book for about $350. That's with doing some of the things myself and doesn't include marketing (which that $3300 price tag does not include). So, yeah, a tenth of what they charge. The average is between $750 to $1000 depending on your situation. Good article here by Chandler Bolt lays it out well: How Much Does It Cost to Self-Publish a Book? It's also important to understand that paying more money guarantees nothing in terms of ROI. If you're going to self-publish, it's better to spend money on a good course to learn how to do those things to get the most bang for your buck. Even if you outsource certain aspects (I suggest you do, at least cover design and editing unless you have a background in this) a good course will educate you on the inner workings of your business and how things work. But the big thing is that you spend all that money and they do ZILCH to build your mailing list. THAT is just a BIG waste of money. The old marketing axiom hasn't changed: the money is in the list. So it would be better to sign up for a good course like Mark Dawson's Self-Publishing 101 and learn the step-by-step ins and outs of how to self-publish. His course is about $700 or so BUT you're paying for an education which is a far better investment. All the best. God bless.
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    Don't do it. They are not true publishers, otherwise, they would not need to charge anyone. You'd be much better off using that money for editing, cover design, and building your mailing list.