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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyscars View Post
    I don't really get the logic with this - If Book A does well, why would you not then self-publish Book B? I get the argument that a publisher could turn moderate success into stardom, but I'm not sure if anybody other than a huge publisher could really increase market penetration and suddenly you aren't keeping the same level of profit. Surely self-publishing a succession of increasingly successful books would be better?
    I think there are different levels of "doing well", for one thing. My agent's standard of "exceptional sales" for self-publishing is 10K copies - but that's low to middling sales for a book from a Big 5 publisher. So, yes, I think it would likely be a lateral or even backward step for someone with excellent self-publishing sales to go with a smaller publisher, but not for them to go with a larger publisher. There's also the advance you should get from a Big Five publisher, which shifts a lot of the risk for the publication onto their shoulders - always nice!

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    Oh for the days of being able to write without having to deal with all that other stuff...

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