122 comments on “Lenzi on Self-Publishing

  1. A million thank you’s, Paul–now I have something tangible to mull over as I periodically consider actual publishing (as opposed to blogging). I appreciate your generosity and kindness so much. The Widow of Many Faces

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  2. Thank you for this invaluable guidance. I decided to go the route of self-publishing, and I can use your experience and information. I didn’t really know which way to turn, so thank you for your timely article! ~Susan

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      • Your poetry has such beautiful graphics. Do you include them in your books and, if so, how do you address copyrights. I usually pull images off the web, but don’t know if using them commercially would be challenged. Just curious.

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        • no no – I do the same as you for the blog, giving attribution on each posted image – but as for the books, I’ve only used occasional images and made sure they were the free ones that also gave permission for commercial use – have to be careful because many “free” images still preclude commercial use

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  3. Good advice, I concur completely, Paul. Dry Crik Press began publishing print editions from a garage on surplus paper in 1990. My one experience with CreateSpace, though frustrating at times like any new program, was professional and timely, providing a proof copy at a nominal price within three days, as many times as is necessary. I applaud your approach to self-publishing and your detailed considerations, but have nothing to offer about marketing – most of my efforts in that regard seem to steal too much time and energy for such temporary rewards.

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  4. I had nothing but heartache with Create Space. I wouldn’t recommend the company. I definitely wouldn’t recommend self-publishing to anyone who was looking to sell a book commercially. Many bookstores, libraries, and other legitimate organizations don’t recognize vanity publishing. However, if someone is a good salesperson and doesn’t mind selling a book out of their car it might work.

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  5. Thanks for the information 😀 I have been considering publishing, but at a loss as where to start. This is a a start, a beginning!!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  6. I totally agree with you Sir. I use Kindle Self-publishing for my eBooks and CreateSpace for my Paperback. I have started using BookDesigner.com templates for my Paperback and eBooks. This ensures quality books on digital devices and print. After publishing my books are immediately available on every Amazon site and within 6-8 weeks the books are in the data base of extended channels. Infact my latest Poetry book is being marketed free by Amazon.in online. And now royalty is credited monthly for Kindle eBooks directly to your account.That sums up my professional and qualitative experience with Amazon and CreateSpace.

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  7. I have used Smashwords and KDP for an ebook on Amazon, but I haven’t felt brave enough to try a paper book. Maybe now, with your input, I’ll give it a try. I feel like I need to get several books done and available before I have anything to support much of a marketing attempt – so I’m working on that. Somewhere I saw the advice that the best way to learn to write is to … write! Also, I have joined critters.org where authors trade critiques and I’ve received good input there (and I also get to read neat stories and practice critiquing on others, which should help me critique myself.). Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  8. Great advice, but I’d certainly add – don’t rely on your own proofreading skills. This is a job for someone trained – you don’t see your own mistakes, you presume you have it right, you see what you expect to see. It’s not that expensive and it’s crucial.

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  9. I agree with Liz – a fresh set of eyes is incredibly useful in spotting mistakes. It is so easy, even if you think you know your work inside out, to misread something. I have just begun to delve into the world of self-publishing (through Lulu in my case) and am currently working on a second collection of poems on the environment.

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  10. Hi Paul – thanks for liking my blog post. Just want to say that this is such a valuable post. It will certainly be helpful to me since I would also like to publish my works eventually. Great job!

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  11. Helped, more liked saved my precious time and perhaps even a bleeding forehead from an unsuspecting wall. Thank you Mr. Lenzi, thank you indeed. -Amber Keys

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  12. Paul, thank you for your straightforward views and honesty in your choice. I published my first book through a “package” from an independent UK Publishing House and was disappointed with the cost / support. Strangely enough, I have started to look at Createspace and IngramSpark for future publishing, so your sentiments are meaningful.

    By the way, just how do you manage to find the time for such prolific writing – most I have read (not all of your poems by any means) are really, really good… by that, I mean I have a much more traditional style and struggle with “new world” poetry, where it can take 5-6 reads to understand the poem – if ever 😉

    Thanks again for your insights – appreciated.

    Phil (from the UK)

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    • time is all I have – retired 10 years – disabled and housebound – I write nearly every day – it eventually got to the point when I simply had to do something with my accumulation of poetry

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  13. I bought the cover for my book from createspace. It sounded expensive until I saw the amount of effort they put into getting it right. I would highly recommend that service for anyone needed a book cover who–like me–isn’t a computer expert.

    Your blog entry has a phenomenal amount of information. Thank you for helping others who have not as yet pulled most of their hair out trying to find the best way to self-publish. 🙂

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  14. I am in the process of getting my poetry off WP into PDF files. I have more than 35 books identified and have about half converted to pfd using BlogBooker, a free, easy to use program that converts xml files. I need to edit these files, add cover pages, etc. and have not yet found a program that does this easily. While I offer these books free to my readers, I may in the future, set up a way for people to donate to the volunteer work I do here in Brazil. It is an ambitious project as there are already more than 8000 poems. Your comments encourage me to continue to explore these possibilities. Thanks! hugs, pat

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  16. I just sent out an SOS on my blog as I had the idea, not dissimilar to you in the beginning, to gather my many blog posts and self publish. However I am clueless.
    Scottismomus came to the rescue with a link to this post. Thank you for sharing so much information. I will be over and back here like a yoyo in the hope of learning more.

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  17. Hi Paul, I read your background recently as well. I have travelled a more thorny road and have a few failed relationships behind me…I created my blog merely as a creative outlet…but there is a nagging need for acknowledgement and connection. Looking at my followers …I have just over 200 and it completely mystifies me as to how one can get more.
    I have considered publishing now…mainly as a means of closure..to gather my thoughts into a book is a good way of presenting it. I have created 2 albums on the music front for a similar reason.
    One think that the Internet makes me feel is “My God, hasn’t our world got very noisy…so noisy that it is impossible to be heard.” Its easy to connect but very difficult to stand out and be noticed.
    Any …as always thanks for visiting and for the useful information here.

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