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Nils has previously edited bestsellers from Tucker Max, Kamal Ravikant, Ryan Holiday, and a dozen writers, as well as written screenplays, books, etc. Nils and I went back and forth on more than 15 different rewrites for my book. The difference between the original version and the final version is like the difference between chicken shit and chicken salad.

And yes, publishers have editors. Some very good ones.

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But I specifically wanted to choose my own editor and use an editor that has worked on books that have sold millions of copies. With millions of books out there, the competition is incredible. Hiring the best editor, design firm, marketing firm, and audio firms were all part of that. Not just the best around but who I felt were the best in the world.

I never liked any of the designs on my traditionally published books, but I had no control over them. I made sure I put out a product I could be proud of.

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She designed the spine, picked the fonts, the inside flaps, the back cover, and all the quirks — tables, pictures, asides, etc. One guy who was making a solid living self-publishing science fiction novels told me that he always made an audiobook. I thought that was a horrible idea, and told him so.

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So Claudia, my wife who has been supportive of every aspect of this effort, set up her office in our house to be a mini-recording studio. I wrote to Tucker Max that I was going to make an audiobook. He wrote back:. We looked at our Mac and a mic that we had just bought online and decided to go to a professional studio. I felt uncomfortable just sitting there for eight hours reading words I had written. For one thing, it hurt. Reading for eight straight hours was killing my throat.

So I did it totally unabridged and improvised quite a bit, making it somewhat original compared to the book. This deserves its own category. I had total control over the title. So I picked 10 titles that I liked, combined them with the cover and created Facebook ads that I sent out to all my friends and friends of friends in the U.

Then I sat back and watched the click-throughs. After a few days and thousands of click-throughs I had my title. I then took the same Facebook approach to pick the subtitle and the final version of the cover design. I had never before used an outside agency, always trusting either my own basic platform or a publisher. What Ryan provided was unbelievable. Between his Rolodex and mine we scheduled about 60 podcasts, radio interviews, speaking engagements and guest posts on popular blogs and websites.

My schedule the month after launch was non-stop marketing. I was burnt out by the end of the month. I had also become a fan of Bitcoin. Ryan then got several key media sources to cover this. Then, early buyers of the book were able to publish a reviews as soon as the book came out on Amazon.

I also wanted to market an offer in the beginning of the book.

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My goal was not to necessarily make the most money but to make sure the message reached as many people as possible. I offer to pay people back for the book if they could prove to me that they bought it and read it. Then I would pay them back completely for the book losing money on each transaction because of the cut Amazon takes plus shipping. Sorry to keep bringing up that ugly concept. Neither small presses nor corporate publishers bother with these, so almost all of the books here are indie titles.

On every Amazon title, the publisher is listed in the book description. I made a casual perusal of about a dozen titles. If there is any doubt about the size of the publisher, all the reader need do is execute a simple Google search. So you see? What you, kbrigan, and Mr. Kozolowski are asking for has already been accomplished: Amazon gives readers an easy way to tell if a title is self-published.

Simply put, it appears that you want to run Zumaya Press like a craft business in an uncompetitive market, then you cry foul when indie authors outwork you. Well said. Now, is there a quality problem with self-publishing? Quality as an average is lower than traditionally published books.


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BUT, the point here is real publishers indie or traditional pay for editing, design, formatting etc… There are self-published authors that do an excellent job. Amazon and other online bookshops display books both by keywords and sales ranking. If I want a book on helicopter pilots of Vietnam, I want to see the best books out there. Not have to click through different pages and then compare the bestselling indie memoir to the bestselling traditionally published.

Invariably the crap will drop way down the bottom anyway. You recirculate some out-of-date assertions, pull figures out of the air and prove unable to back them up, and then refuse to concede an inch of ground to people better equipped to argue in this arena than you are.

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There are many fine people working for publishers, diligent editors and marketers, and there are also some idiots. And always will. In the same way some musicians sign record deals and others busk. Top work, trade publishing gatekeepers! When you decided on these assertions, who were you referring to? If so, I can see why you reached your conclusion — it has a terrible cover, no reviews, is riddled with typos, double-spaces and grammatical errors, and appears to have been formatted by randomly mashing buttons with a fist.

How are you unable to discover books? Do you not know how to filter? By review number, by rating? Are you unable to read review sections of newspapers, magazines? Does word-of-mouth pass you by? Traditional ebook sales might be, but perhaps they want to look at their pricing and marketing. Thankfully I use one for my indie books — you should heed your own advice.

How about people start using the proper term. Now about publishing.

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An example of this is Del Rey one of the many books that fall under this assumption. I run my own company independent from the influences of another company. I run a company and it happens to be one that produces books as products. We are simply…publishers. Yes, it may be an author who owns that company. Only difference is that I control all processes of the company and the author contracted with a traditional publisher does not. Frankly, Joanna Penn suggests the best thing independent authors got coming for them.