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

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.
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