Thinking of Self-Publishing Your Book in 2013?

Here’s the problem with self-publishing: no one cares about your book. That’s it in a nutshell. There are somewhere between 600,000 and 1,000,000 books published every year in the US alone, depending on which stats you believe. Many of those – perhaps as many as half or even more – are self-published. On average, they sell less than 250 copies each. Your book won’t stand out. Hilary Clinton’s will. Yours won’t.

So self-publishing is an exercise in futility and obscurity. Of course, there are the stories of the writers who self-publish and magic happens and they sell millions of books, but those are the rare exceptions. How rare? Well, on the order of 1 or 2 per million.

If you like those odds, go for it. If you don’t, and you still have a book in you, then please, please read Guy Kawasaki’s book APE: How to Publish a Book, co-written with Shawn Welch. It will save you from yourself and that obscurity.

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3 comments on “Thinking of Self-Publishing Your Book in 2013?
  1. […] Thinking of Self-Publishing Your Book in 2013? (selfpubbooks.wordpress.com) […]

  2. dianabletter says:

    You are right that there are so many authors who sell less than 100 books to family and friends. It has been harder work for me to market my book, The Mom Who Took Off On Her Motorcycle, than to write it. (And that was hard enough!) I waited a whole year writing my blog and planning before I was ready to publish–and it will launch on Feb. 19! For a free paperback copy, you can enter the draw here: http://thebestchapter.com/2013/02/13/the-mom-who-took-off-on-her-motorcycle-about-to-take-off/
    Thanks for your information!
    Diana Bletter
    http://www.thebestchapter.com

  3. selfpubbooks says:

    HI please like our page and promote your book here if you like.. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Self-Publishing-News/347672855346545

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