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Hybrid vs Self Publishing: or How Publishing a Book is like Building a House

Once upon a time, the choices you’d face as a writer were easy. If you wanted to get published, you sent your manuscript to an agent, who would then send it to a publisher. If you were accepted, you got to be published. If you were rejected, rinse and repeat. That was about it.

So Your Book is Getting Published: the First 6 Steps You Need to Take

We get a lot of questions from authors who have just closed a deal with a non-traditional publisher and are not sure what to do next in order to promote themselves before getting published. We decided to adapt one of the answers we gave into a blog post. Note: this list can be easily used to suit a crowdfunding plan as well.

Print on Demand Explained

If you’re considering publishing a manuscript through non-traditional methods (i.e. self- or hybrid- publishing), now’s a good time to understand how print on demand (POD) works. POD dominates the self-publishing industry. Without the heavy costs of traditional printing, it is often the only way for independent authors to see their work in print.

So what is POD? Print on demand is exactly that: a method of printing that allows books to be printed and shipped in tiny quantities (often a single book) on an as-needed basis. This means that your favorite self-published novel is created only after you’ve paid for it.

Should You Pay For Tweets?

It can be a tough world online when you’re trying to make yourself heard above the din. Many services now exist that claim to help you get heard: for a fee, they’ll Tweet about you and your book or promise to get you more followers. But are these paid services really worth it? You’ll hear from us (and others out there) that you can do a lot of this on your own, so what are you really getting when you pay for tweets?

Getting Heard Online: 4 Tips to Help You Stand Out on Twitter

If you spend any time on Twitter, you’ll notice that the amount of information on there can be overwhelming. Try looking up the hashtags #amwriting and #amreading, which are typically used by authors and readers, and you’ll see a mountain of information about books that people are desperately trying to get you to read.

As an author (or anyone else, for that matter) how can you make sure you’re heard among all this noise? Obviously there is no guaranteed, fool-proof plan to make this happen, but following a few of these tips will go a long way to making you stand out on Twitter.