Self Publishing - POD and Vanity Press

POD and Vanity Press are words that are thrown around a lot these days. When I think of self-publishing I think of the writer/author taking on the business of publishing. They are responsible for creating, implementing and funding the marketing, promotions, printing, distribution and royalty collection of their books.

A self-publisher is responsible for acquiring business licenses, paying taxes, opening business checking accounts and monitoring inventory. You would be made to set-up your own publicity and book signings and/or hire an independent contract to help you with these duties. Your website is your responsibility. Getting your books into Barnes & Noble, Borders,, Books-A-Million and independent non-traditional bookstores is another task that the self-publisher must do.

The great thing is there are plenty of resources, links, books and conferences to help you with your journey. It is an amazing journey and worth the experience. I recommend reading every bit of information you can get your hands on. Once the information becomes redundant then you know you've got it. For instance, you should know that you'll want to register your copyright with the U.S. Library of Congress before sending it to anyone including a printer. You'll also need an ISBN Number to look like an established book publisher. In my book How to Self Publish for Profit I give this and a lot more information about how to go about self-publishing your own book. I only wrote this book after the success with my Music Industry Connection Book

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