A few weeks ago, I was the moderator for a great #smchat conversation on book marketing and publishing. There were so many insights that not only was I able to compile one post-chat blog post, I created TWO! The first half of the chat was on book publishing – different ways to have your book published: traditional or crowd-funded, indie publisher, self-publish, e-books and their formats, etc.
Here are some of the book publishing answers I learned from the #smchat participants:
Q1 What is the difference between “traditional” and “crowd-funded” book publishing? Advantages to each?
Q2 Everyone’s an author these days, is it getting easier to get a book deal or is self-published the way to go?
Sounds like the consensus to Q2 is self-publishing – so Q2b why would anyone go through a big name publisher?
Q2c: If self-publishing, are there any aspects that really would be better if you enlisted the services of a professional?
Q2d from @WhereitBlooms: If you self-publish do you hire an editor for proofing and input?
Q3 Do formats matter? Is it better (or more-effective) to publish an e-book before you try a printed version?
There were several sub-questions on the ebook publishing topic – the first from @akstout18 – Is CreateSpace the best platform for self publishing?
@thehealthmaven asked, “Curious: How many books do u order/month? I love books – my ipad, book shelves are filled, but rarely walk into a book store anymore”
Want to know what else we talked about? Please visit the second part of the Book Marketing Recap – Social Media and Other Marketing Methods. One of the most provocative Tweets was from @jettzworld, “Everyone may be an author but ever few are writers. #justsaying,” to which Alex from @tcgagency replied, “I’d say it’s the other way around. We all write emails, Tweets, etc. But how many complete a creative work like authors?” So maybe there’s hope for me yet!