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Publish or self-publish? ebook or print? Tim Ferriss's advice

October 26, 2010

Tags: publishing, self-publishing, promotion

Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, writes about the economics and practical realities of being published in print, in e-books, and through self-publishing (vs. traditional publishing) in How Authors Really Make Money: The Rebirth of Seth Godin and Death of Traditional Publishing. Bottom line: there are no simple answers and fiction is selling better on ebooks than nonfiction is. Watch his realistic video interview. (Publishers are good at distribution and making good book covers.) Ferriss recommends three books in particular, for authors who want to follow his path to bestsellerdom:
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries and Jack Trout
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Author 101: Bestselling Book Publicity: The Insider's Guide to Promoting Your Book--and Yourself by Rick Frishman, Robyn Freedman Spizman, and Mark Steisel.


  1. November 25, 2010 12:14 PM EST
    Is Print the New Vanity Press? (Mary Ellen Bates, EContent blog, Dec 2010). Seth Godin, a best-selling author of Permission Marketing : Turning Strangers Into Friends And Friends Into Customers, is leaving his traditional publisher and plans to distribute his content in several media,including audio books, apps, podcasts, and print on demand. In this young new market, "whether a book is published and distributed by a reputable print publisher or self-published in ebook form is not as important as whether or not the content is immediately available, is reasonably inexpensive, and meets a need," reports Bates.
    - PM