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Monday, June 26, 2006


Xlibris Finalists in ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards

In Biography:

Full Circle: Escape from Baghdad and the Return

By Saul Silas Fathi

Full Circle: Escape from Baghdad and the Return chronicles a
prominent Iraqi Jewish family’s escape from persecution, through the
journey of one family member, a young boy, who witnesses public
hangings and the 1941 Krystallnacht (Farhood) in Baghdad.

In Fiction Religious:

Beyond Heaven

By Sandra Carlotta Paige

Beyond Heaven is a story of faith, courage and sacred promises.

In Short Stories:

American Nights

By Diane Gross

Discover the magic of America that beckons from your own backyard.

3 Self-Publishing Fallacies

1. Self-publishing is Vanity Press

Well, first of all, what is wrong about vanity press anyway? So you just want your work published for you and your small groupies' consumption. There's no harm in that.

Self-publishing is NOT vanity. Self-publishing is knowing you have a choice and maximizing it to the best of your capacity. Self-publishing is know that your work can be put in the market because you know somebody will read it. Not only will you see your manuscript printed and bound but also that it's out there for you to share with others who have the same interests.

2. Self-publishing will make me rich

Sorry to say but self-publishing will NOT make you rich, but hard work, talent, and persistence will. Just because you hand over your book to ANY major publisher - even if it is a traditional publisher, doesn't mean that you're book will become an all-time best-seller. A lot of traditionally published books have flopped (and that's alongside the support and financing of several big publishers already), these are pretty much the same odds for self-published books.

3. Self-publishing is NOT as good as traditional publishing

There is this common belief that traditional publishing is far better than self-publishing. They say that

"You get paid for your work and not the other way around."
There's more prestige in being published - getting "picked" to represent a big publishing firm.

Well as I've said before, the odds are pretty much the same.

The main difference here is that traditional publishers may "pay" you for your work. But they're not "paying" you to write. They're "paying" for your book. In effect, you are "selling" your book to these people who will edit it and dress it up according to "their" specifications and NOT yours. Sure YOUR manuscript was picked and bought. But from now moving forward, it is no longer yours but your publisher's.

Self-publishing may be an investment at first, but rest assured in the end, the book is yours and yours alone to edit, to dress up or down, or do whatever you please. There will be no publisher looking over your shoulder to tell you to edit this or that, or spice up this or that just so they will be satisfied. It's your game, your rules. Plus the royalties are bigger too.
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