Would You Ever Self Publish?

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This is going to be one of those posts that will be all over the place so pardon the bi-polar style.

Self publishing on the rise

No matter how many traditional publishers bump their gums about self publishing being a bad career move the numbers for these self published books being sold is showing that they are here to stay. Deny all you want more beginning and seasoned writers are taking this route. And to add salt to an open wound writers are becoming successful self publishing their own works. With all of the technology out there publishing through a traditional publisher can take up to 2 years before your novel is out. Self publishing cuts that process down tremendously. Writers are getting irritated with the long wait so they do it themselves which in turn means quicker money in your pockets. Nice huh?

I knew you would like that. Social networking makes it easy to get your work acknowledged. Don’t believe me? Here are five self publishing authors who have stayed on the bestseller’s list for a minute. Numbers don’t lie.

  1. Michael Prescott has self published 5 books and managed to hop on the USA 150 bestseller’s list for a total of 42 weeks.
  2. Barbara Freethy self published 9 novels that stayed on the USA list for 41 weeks.
  3. Darcie Chan’s debut novel The Mill River Recluse stayed comfortably on the list for 16 weeks. Not bad for a debut novel!
  4. Amanda Hocking self published 7 books and was on the USA list for 50 weeks.
  5. C.J. Lyons only published 2 novels and have earn a spot on the USA bestsellers list for 9 weeks.

Don’t tell me it can’t be done! It is not a walk in the park, trust me I’m a testament to that, but it’s possible. Be willing to work for it. Not all self publishers become billion dollar novel writers overnight so don’t expect shit to pop off and when it doesn’t come and cuss me out, lol. Anyway anything given to you easily, can be taken away just as easily.

USA’s current top 5?

As of now these are the top 5 novels on the USA bestsellers list. Have you heard of them? Have you read them all? Send me a review to diamondpublicationz@gmail.com!

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever written by Jeff Kinney
  2. Steve Jobs: A Biography written by Walter Isaacson
  3. The Hunger Games written by Suzanne Collins
  4. The Help written by Kathryn Stockett (I’m still refusing to read or see this racist movie no matter how many black people co-sign it)
  5. Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assasination That Changed America written by Bill O’Reilly (I didn’t know he was even capable and intelligent enough to write a book. They will give book deals to any damn body!)

To see the full list of the 150 bestsellers on USA visit books.usatoday.com/usatodaybooks.pdf

How does USA pick their bestsellers?

I always wondered how books are picked for the bestsellers list. Going thru the USA site they let me know the criteria which is simple. They just collect the weekly sales from a multitude of contributors; whoever sold the most that week gets on the list. Keepin it simple.

Who are USA”s contributors?

Amazon.com * Amazon Kindle * B&N * B&N Inc * B&N eBooks * Booksamillion.com * Books-A-Million * Bookland and Books & Co. * Costco * Davis-Kidd Booksellers * Hudson Booksellers * Joseph-Beth Booksellers * Kobo, Inc * R.J. Julia Booksellers * Schuler Books & Music * Sony Reader Store * Target * Tattered Cover Book Store

Whew, all done!

Peace and luv!


2 thoughts on “Would You Ever Self Publish?

  1. Of course! I would love to self publish my book! The art of getting published these days is a rare commodity indeed. Many times, authors that are in the market of trying to get published will write umpteen query letters, send off countless chapters for initial review to agents and then receive the “Thanks, but no thanks, Don’t call us, we’ll call you” letter. Dejected and frustrated, the author pulls themselves up by the bootstraps and hones their manuscript once more, writing an even more intriguing query letter to the next agent or publisher only to get continually rejected. That makes self publishing great!

    • I totally agree with you. There are way too many outlets not to be able to publish on your own. Sure a publishing contract with a big publisher is great because you get an advance but having your own stuff published by yourself makes it all worthwhile! Thanks for commenting

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