Firing Your Publisher and Embracing Self-Publishing | Books & Beer

You're Fired! by Sheila Dee

You’re Fired! by Sheila Dee

Nathan Lowell is an author who has been around the block. Ten-ish books available, with ~100,000 units sold, millions of audio episodes downloaded, and countless rabid fans. He’s recently had a reality-check with a publishing house and finds himself back in the self-publishing saddle. And it’s going to work out OK. Very OK, actually. Find out why on this episode of The Books & Beer Hangout!

  • From self-publishing, to publishing house, and back again
  • The appeal and lure of traditional publishing
  • Dealing with the stigma of self-publishing still valid
  • The importance of knowing what’s in your contract, and what you should fight for
  • The downsides of self-publishing… may not be as bad as you think
  • Why you shouldn’t be tempted by offers of editing and cover art by publishers
  • The fallacy of mass marketing (offered by publishers) and the power of micro-marketing (that the authors can do)
  • The power transparency and openness between author and audience
  • Why Nathan doesn’t see ANY upside in going with a publishing house right now
  • His advice to authors that embrace self-publishing to make even more money.

And there was the obligatory drinking of beers. Tonight’s choices: Old Rasputin and a Palate Wrecker. Nathan (not surprisingly) drank coffee.


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