Dear Book Writing Friends,
have been making my entire living for fourteen y ears
solely on self-publishing my books on brain and
behavior science, on my music CDs, on my films, and
recently on my book on automotive painting-- a happy
accident that came from a hobby of restoring my 1965
Lotus Elan (see Adventures
In Lotus Land, and
With Body Putty
Here's the method I used for publishing my very popular book on Car Painting
1) I wrote the book.
2) I created a very detailed and content rich web site (above link)
3) I then publish as
AS 2011 all of my printing needs are being met by a local company, at better prices, with far better customer service: Qualimage Printing
Qualimage cannot get me a listing for a new book on Amazon, but that is of little concern at a practical standpoint- and if I feel like I need an Amazon page, I can go through the Lightning Source process, then actually have production done by Qualimage- exactly my process now.
(The instructions are also on
my page http://www.neilslade.com/myown3.html
Nothing is "free". Getting your ISBN through LULU has all kinds of "Gotcha's".
You can buy 10 of your own ISBN's for $275 here:
and use them whenever you need them. You DON'T need an ISBN to self publish in general. If you think you need an ISBN to publish on Amazon- and again, heck, you DON'T need to be on Amazon. And again, they will do virtually nothing for your sales alone. They will NOT promote your book. They will virtually have no impact on your sales without you doing all of the promo work in the first place.
I hope you understand the above paragraph. If not, read till you do get it.
ONCE YOU'VE SUBMITTED YOUR COVER ART TO LULU- then DOWNLOAD THE ONE-PIECE COVER FILE from LULU. You can use this PDF and supply this to anyone printing your book. The Spine will be the correct thickness for your number of pages. Remember, if you ever change or update the page count, you will have to remake your one-piece cover so it matches the thickness of your book. This is done automatically at Lulu. Just re-download the changed cover.
If you want to be on Amazon- agree to DISTRIBUTION of your title.
This will get you a page on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You will then be able to sell DIRECTLY on Amazon yourself with an Amazon Seller Account (free to set up).
If AFTER your Amazon page appears and you want no one else to low-ball your own price, in which case you'll only end up selling your books wholesale to another reseller who is beating your own retail price, simply contact Lightning Source and ask that your book be removed from distribution. That will take about 2 or 3 days- then, only your listing and sale of the book will remain- no one else will be permitted to undercut your price- AND your Amazon book page will remain on Amazon provided you have already begun to sell your book on Amazon AS A SELLER.
To clarify- do NOT sign up with Amazon Advantage- a total ripoff program. Get an Amazon page by setting up your book with Lightning Source ($75 fee). Do an online "proof" for free. (Do not pay for a proof). Agree to distribution to get an Amazon and B&N page for your book. Then, continue to let Amazon and B&N distribute your book (and you'll be paid the wholesale price for it) or set up a free Amazon SELLER ACCOUNT (not the same thing as Advantage), in which you can sell any book on Amazon provided there's already a page for that book (including your own title) on Amazon. After the page is up, and you've begun to sell your own Seller copies, cancel distribution if you want to revert to being the only seller of your book. If you cancel distribution, your book will be removed from B&N, and you cannot sell your own there except for ePub digital copies of your book. (See www.EasyMakeAKindle.com for making Kindle and Nook ebooks)
You can use the printer I do- Qualimage in Denver-- better books, better service, half the price of LULU books and will match any other POD or better price, no set-up fees once you've set up your book with Lightning Source to sell on Amazon. You can order from one or the other at any time to stock your inventory and continue to sell via Amazon or any other place for that matter.
If you do not intend to sell on Amazon, simply bypass Lightning Source and use Qualimage.
6) Start promoting the book any way you can, get a buzz online, on radio, on TV, in public appearances, make a great CONTENT-FULL website with tons of free stuff, sell your book, and keep all the profit after your minimized costs instead of giving 95% away to distributors, publishers, and "professionals". Be an actual author who makes money selling his book.
Other pages of Interest- Your support is appreciated- thanks- Neil
The AMAZING BRAIN ADVENTURE's MOST POPULAR PAGES:
Your Amazing Brain Adventure is a web site all about Tickling Your Amygdala- i.e. turning on the best part of your brain as easy as clicking on a light switch. This is done as easily as imagining a feather inside of your head stimulating a compass, the amygdala. The amygdala is a set of twin organs, a part of your brain that sits right in between the most advance part of your brain- the frontal lobes and pre-frontal cortex- and the most primitive part of your brain- your "reptile brain" and brain stem. By tickling your amygdala you instantly and directly increase creativity, intelligence, pleasure, and also make possible a spontaneous natural processes known as "paranormal abilities", although such things as telepathy and ESP are really as natural as breathing, or as easy doing simple math in your head. The ability to self stimulate the amygdala by something as simple as thought has been proven in laboratory experiments, such as those conducted at Harvard University research labs, 1999-2009, and can be tracked with modern brain scanning machines such as fMRI and PET... Indeed, thought is faster than light.
Other sites of interest:
EasyPaintYourCar.com is a painting site dedicated to learning how to paint a car yourself, even if you've never painted a car before. You can refinish your car to professional standards at home, better than if you take it to someone else, and enjoy doing it at a fraction of the cost of having it done in an expensive shop. You can repair dents, rust, and use the most durable real automotive paint, and even learn to apply it without any special or expensive gear, in a safe and enjoyable manner. Paint your car in your garage, car port, or even driveway. You can spray, use an HVLP gun, or even use a roller.
Easy Make A Kindle and Your Own Publishing are sites about self-publishing and writing, and how any person can publish materials, print, online, and electronic books. You can drop out of the corporate slave labor rat race and own your own life by writing and distributing your own books on the subject that you know best.
InkJetHelper.com is a web site about escaping from the ridiculous cost of ink jet printer ink refilling- and refilling your printer for pennies instead of $70 a shot. It also has useful tips about maintaining ink jet printers, especially Canon brand printers.
Julia Lu Painting is all about the creative works of Chinese painter Julia Lu, a modern master of oil and water color painting. Julia shares her creative secrets, ideas, as well as her art work.
Off-site links Neil on Lulu Car On Lulu Tribe Blogger Wordpress Cookbook Space PaintWordpress Tripod 2 Google Wands Amazon B&N Kindle Facebook Linked GooglePlus Coast2Coast Viewzone YouTube 2 Blogtalk 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 a b c d e f a b c e f g h i 8 7 6 5 4 3 1 2 a b c d e f g h i a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s r u v w x y