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    Baron
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    Quote Originally Posted by shadowwalker View Post
    The problem is that there are so many people self-publishing - whether it's on Amazon or elsewhere - how do you get people to notice you? And notice you enough to at least pay back the time and money investment you (the self-publisher) has made? You can have an excellent cover - but if your cover is one of ten thousand listed... That's the problem. Look at how many books Amazon has, even within genres. That's an awful lot of tiny cover shots to stand out in.

    As to the quality issues - that's nothing against self-publishing per se. That's just common sense. How many self-published books are put out each year, and how many of them have had a professional editing staff and a professional cover designer (who understands marketing)? Trade published authors have that staff working for them. Now, whether a book is well written is, of course, different than whether or not one likes it, and many, if not most times, the story-telling will outweigh the skills. So one has to recognize the difference between the subjective "good book" and the objective "good book".
    You're right. Good promotion = sales. That's where the traditional publishing houses score every time.

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    The problem is that there are so many people self-publishing - whether it's on Amazon or elsewhere - how do you get people to notice you? And notice you enough to at least pay back the time and money investment you (the self-publisher) has made? You can have an excellent cover - but if your cover is one of ten thousand listed... That's the problem. Look at how many books Amazon has, even within genres. That's an awful lot of tiny cover shots to stand out in.
    Same way they got those SEO techniques to get your website on the first page in google they must come up with a way to get our books listed on the first places. GoogleBooks is kind of doing that, but I believe they will develop something more efficient. If self publishing depends on internet means, we are to find out which internet tools we have at our disposal in order to make our books to be noticed.
    Stuck with my 100,000 words memoir...

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