Stephen King rocked the publishing world when he began distributing books online in 2000. J.K. Rowling roiled the industry again in 2011 when she decided to self-publish her Harry Potter series through her own platform, Pottermore. Such big names join thousands of others who are self-publishing books — though many do so because it’s their only option.
More than 235,000 books and e-books were self-published in 2011 in the U.S., four times the number in 2006, according to Bowker.
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Over the years, says Michael Prescott, who self-published “Deadly Pursuit,” a few readers have complained of spelling mistakes. A good editor may have found those errors. Still, Prescott, who has sold about 1.3 million e-books, can’t bring himself to hire one, though he hires a proofreader. “Editors feel like they have to make all kinds of suggestions,” he says. “I’m not in the mood for that.”
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Getting a book into a brick-and-mortar chain bookstore is near impossible, even for traditional publishers. If you publish an e-book, distribution is as simple as uploading your manuscript to, say, the online bookstores of Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble. If you don’t want to deal with quirky software, a service such as Independent Publishers Group will take your manuscript, format it for every site and distribute it for you. The downside: You won’t get instant sales reports, and the distributor takes a cut.
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