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25 April 2001
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"How To Get Happily Published"
By Ken Silver
25 April 2001
From time to time I get email from e-writers asking
if they should go the standard publishing route... to
get a book into print instead of trying to sell e-books.
Perhaps you know about Robert Kiyosaki and his
"Rich Dad, Poor Dad" series. He was in New Zealand
last week, and in a TV interview he mentioned he had
sold 7 million copies of his books.
The calculator in my head started up... 7 million at an
average of US$10 each is $70million, and his cut at
15% would be $10.5 million.
A nice retirement fund indeed.
You can attempt the same route too, but to guarantee
sales and relieve rejection frustration, do it under your
Forget going to traditional publishers, cap in hand,
hoping for an acceptance and immediate fame. It
happens to such a tiny percentage of the writing
population that it is not even worthwhile considering.
Even if you strike lucky, the difference between a
$100 royalty check every six months and a small fortune
like Robert is extensive and grueling self-promotion that
can be a full time occupation.
Instead, the answer is to self-publish your own books.
You may have already started by writing and publishing
an e-book... well, you're already 95% there! Now all you
have to do is get your book into a publishable form, and
arrange a printing firm to print it.
For some of you this may mean converting it from your
current Letter or A4 size to a smaller industry size. This
is done by hard work - no easy job. Cutting and pasting
is the answer. But maybe a week or two later, and with
the help of a professional program like PageMaker, you
could have a book ready to go.
Pay particular attention to the cover... this is a make-or-
break component of your book. If you want to cut corners,
don't do it here. In fact, put as much as 20% of your
budget into this part of the process. It will reward you
handsomely as your books are considered attractive and
Get a series of quotes from printing firms who know what
they're doing, preferably those who have a track record
in the small book business. And make sure they keep the
plates, or give them to you - this makes it easier and
cheaper to get your second print run done.
Start with a modest number first, say 1,000 or 2,000 at
What will a published book do for you? A number of things,
- it enhances your reputation as a traditionally published
author. This still carries some weight in literary circles.
- it spreads the word about you.
- it makes a tangible gift or promotional giveaway.
Here's a local success story: some 20 years ago I was
involved with a popular New Zealand cartoonist who lives
in our city, selling his original works in the art gallery I
owned at the time.
Just a few years ago he planned to publish a photo story
book on cats, but he was put off by the low royalties he
Undeterred, Burton Silver (no relation) jumped on a plane
for Taiwan and arranged to have his book printed there.
"Why Cats Dance" was an immediate success, selling
well over 500,000 copies worldwide and grossing him an
It was a true self-publishing venture success story, and
shows that with some money and the right title behind
you, self-publishing is sometimes a good idea.
To your success!
Doing business online since 1996
Copyright İ 2001 Ken Silver Publishing. All rights reserved.
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