Online Book Publishing Resources

The following material is an abridged excerpt of some of the material contained in my eBook: Instant Book Writing Kit - How To Write, Publish and Market Your Own Money-Making Book (or eBook) Online.

Each and every day, thousands of people are searching online for information about various aspects of how to write, publish and market a book or ebook. It seems that more people than one might think believe that they have a book inside of them and they want to know how to get that book out to the world.

Unfortunately, most of these folks are under the mistaken belief that publishing and distributing their book and making a modest profit is a relatively simple matter. Maybe it should be simple, but based on my personal experience with the conventional publishing industry, it is far more difficult than one might imagine. In fact, just making a modest profit after covering expenses is often wishful thinking.

To be perfectly honest, I have to tell anyone who is an aspiring writer and/or self-publisher that the conventional publishing model as it exists today is one of the poorest, most dysfunctional business models that I have ever encountered. In fact, many of the standard practices of that industry just wouldn't be accepted in other mainstream industries.

It's no wonder that book publishers and sellers often struggle to make ends meet. But the real victims of this terribly flawed business model are the average folks who just want to write and/or publish their own book or ebook and make a little money doing it.

In recent years I have spent thousands of dollars and thousands of hours through trial and error trying to find ways that I could successfully bypass the conventional publishing industry. The good news is that after three years of research and testing I HAVE found a better way for the average person to publish and market their books.

The alternative to the traditional publishing model that I have discovered is called the "Online Publishing Model".

The remainder of this page contains links to various pages on my Writing Help Central Web site that explain different aspects of the Online Publishing Model.


Conventional Book Publishing Industry - The Problems
It wasn't until I self-published my first two books a number of years ago that I discovered the many problems with this model, especially as they affect the small-time author and/or self-publisher. This page details the many problems of the conventional book publishing model:

The Online Publishing Model - A Real Alternative
Once I realized how I wasn't going to sell many books or make a decent living using the traditional publishing model, I spent my time and money looking for alternatives. After three years of trial and error experimentation I came up with what I now call the "Online Publishing Model" (OPM).

Online Publishing Model: Channel 1 - Sales-Mini-Site
This is the key channel of the Online Publishing Model that is responsible for over half of my sales. It involves setting up a dedicated Web site for your book, something that is a lot simpler and cheaper to do than most people think. This page explains how it's done.

Online Publishing Model: Channel 2 - Digital Fulfillment
With this distribution channel of the OPM you place your book with a digital distribution company which uses it's already developed channels to market and distribute it to people who are willing to download the digital version. This channel accounts for about 25% of my total book/ebook sales.

Online Publishing Model: Channel 3 - Print-On-Demand
Through this channel of the OPM, you place an electronic version of your book/ebook with a print-on-demand distributor which can print out hard copy versions of your book, one copy at a time, as individual orders are received. This allows you to sell your books to those people who insist on a paper copy without having to produce an inventory.

Online Publishing Model: The Benefits
In addition to allowing small time authors and publishers to make much more money per copy than with the traditional publishing model, the OPM offers many more benefits, including the elimination of the dreaded "returns". This page details those benefits.

BEWARE of Vanity Publishers - Don't Let Them Sign You Up!
There are dozens of pseudo "publishing" companies operating online that offer what appears on the surface to be quick and easy "low/no cost" ways to get your book published. These are known as vanity publishers and they target new and aspiring authors. But, once you've signed-up with one of these outfits they'll under-deliver and suck you dry. Here's some background on how the vanity publishers work:

Book Writing Format
My research indicates that there are a lot of people searching for information on the subject "book writing format". However, it is not clear to me exactly what these folks are looking for. In fact, I'm not even sure if they know exactly what they are searching for. Are they looking for some kind of a book layout template? Or, do they want to know what dimensions to make their book? Or, are they looking for some kind of formula for writing a book?

Instant Book Writing Kit
As I mentioned above, once I discovered the abysmal state of the conventional book publishing model from the perspective of the small time author and/or self-publisher, I started searching for alternatives. I'm now happy to report that -- thousands of dollars, and thousands of hours later -- I did find a better way - the Online Publishing Model (OPM).

Once I had proven the effectiveness of my new OPM model through seven of my own books/ebooks, I documented the entire process for others, in step-by-step detail in my book/ebook: Instant Book Writing Kit - How To Write, Publish and Market Your Own Money-Making Book (or eBook) Online.

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