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Chicago Self-Publishing Group - Oct 9 meeting follow-up and handouts

Kim B.
KimBookless
Group Organizer
Chicago, IL
Hello Everyone!

Joe and I would like to welcome our new members and thank all of you who joined us on Tuesday evening for our presentation on Self-Publishing Fundamentals. A special thank you goes out to Pitu for leaving such a nice group review on Tuesday, as well as to Paul Bernstein for his very positive review after our first meeting in August. We're glad you find the meetings helpful and we're busy planning the next one, which will be held in early December. Stay tuned for details.

We have uploaded PDFs of the handout and PowerPoint presentation from the October 9 meeting to our meetup.com website. If you'd like to download these files, click here: ­http://www.meetup.com...­.

As a follow up to the meeting, we researched the topics that came up during the Q&A session:

Q: Should self-publishing authors formally copyright their books?

A: It's optional but recommended. Works are automatically copyrighted under the 1976 Copyright Act, but formally registering a book is a good idea. Either way, authors should put a copyright notice in their books. More info: http://www.publishlawyer.com/carousel7.htm­ (scroll down to middle of page) and http://publishing.about.com/od/BookPublishingSales/a/Book-Copyright-And-Rights-Protection-Basics.htm­

Q: How can self-published authors get their books into libraries?

A: It's hard to do. Click here for strategies: ­http://www.30daybooks...

Q: How much does it cost to self-publish?

A: It varies widely, but plan on at least $5,000 for books written for prestige or profit reasons. Click here for opinions from an industry expert: http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2010/04/what-does-self-publishing-cost-a-preview/ and http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2010/05/self-publishing-cost-competitive-publisher/­.

Q: How do authors publish children's books?

A: Click here for information: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/46620-pw-select-self-published-children-s-books-thrive-in-the-mainstream.html­.

Q: Is the literary social media site Goodreads a good way to market self-published books and build an author platform?

A. The consensus in the industry is Yes. Here's an example from a publishing industry expert: http://www.rachellegardner.com/2012/03/goodreads-8-things-writers-should-know/­. And here is advice from Goodreads itself about how authors can promote their books on the site: http://www.goodreads.com/author/program­

And finally, when Joe was answering one of the questions at the meeting, he mentioned group member Reno Lovison, who does book trailers and has a cable access show for authors. Reno wasn't at the meeting and  some members asked for more info. Here are Reno's websites: http://www.authorsbroadcast.com/­ and http://www.businesscardtobusiness.com/­.

We hope this information is helpful to you, and we look forward to seeing you in December. Feel free to contact us via meetup.com or by email if you have any questions or suggestions: kim@kimbookless.com[/url] and jv@vangsness.com[/url].

Best,

Kim and Joe

 
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