Thursday, March 11, 2010

Self Published?

Have you self published a book, or know someone who has? Check out the Writer's Digest's Self Published Competition. The Grand Prize Winner gets $3000. That's not too shabby! First Place winners are awarded $1000 and the Honorable Mention winners receive a $50 gift certificate for Writer's Digest Books. Genres include fiction, non-fiction, children's books, reference, and poetry, among others. Books self published between 2005 and 2010 are accepted, and an entry fee applies. Click here for more details.

Is a self published book among your writing credits? Have you considered self publishing? What do you think that the pros and cons of self publishing are? Share your thoughts about it; I'd love to hear what you think.

Speaking of contests, don't forget to enter this week's One Year Blogoversary giveaway. Check out Monday's post for more details.

Have a good weekend. Happy Writing!

26 comments :

  1. Wow, a contest for self-pubbers? That's pretty cool!

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  2. Wow--that's a pretty big prize!

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  3. Jessica,
    I believe this is an annual contest, or at least held every so many years.
    Thanks for coming by:)

    Angela,
    I know! I'm almost sorry I don't have a self published book to enter. Thanks for dropping in.

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  4. Very cool! Self-publishing is not among my writing credits. Too bad!

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  5. We hear a lot of ideas about why self-pubbing is not good for us or for our careers. But I still think that it all depends -- on personal goals, reader audience, platform, subject matter, etc.

    I'm not planning to self-publish, but I don't think it's always bad, either.

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  6. Jill,
    Me too! I've self published a booklet, but don't think that qualifies:) Thanks for coming to see me!

    Cassandra,
    I agree with you. I think in the right market with the right book it works. Thanks for dropping in!

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  7. I've self-published my book Breakthrough through iUniverse. No complaints here. I sold 400 books the last four months of 2009. But I am looking to be picked up by an agent and / or a major publisher sometime soon.

    Stephen Tremp

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  8. Stephen,
    This is good to know. I've seen many companies out there and wondered which to choose if I'd go that route.
    Hopefully your book will get picked up soon!
    Thanks for coming by,
    Karen

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  9. I'm on the fence about self-publishing. I probably prefer that someone who knows the business publishes my book instead of me who really doesn't know the markets that well.

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  10. Terri,
    I guess it depends on your comfort level and all. Although in this case the contest prize money sounds pretty good! Thanks for coming by; always good to see you.
    Blessings,
    Karen

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  11. Great contest.... too bad I don't qualify..... :O)

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  13. Karen, LOVE you letting everyone know about this.

    Everything is WIDE OPEN out there now. Go for it!!

    Patti

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  14. Thanks, Patti. You are a sweetheart. And yes, I'd have to agree; there are so many possibilities out there!
    Blessings,
    Karen

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  15. Hi Karen -

    This is a good opportunity for those with self-published books.

    I've considered going the self-publishing route, but cost, quality, and marketing made me shelve the idea. I want to have the best possible chance of a successful book launch.

    Blessings,
    Susan :)

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  16. Karen:

    I think it's wonderful that Writers Digest is offering this contest.

    I've gone back and forth on self publishing.

    If you have a great platform and marketing plan, go for it. Otherwise, it might hurt your chances with a traditional publisher if your sales are low.

    Have you thought of it?

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  17. Susan R.,
    I guess there are all sorts of reasons to self or not self publish. Go with what you are comfortable and at peace with.
    Blessings,
    Karen

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  18. Jeanette,
    I have self published a booklet for homeschoolers. Haven't done a ton of marketing with it, although I do sell it directly and through several vendors. Haven't gotten to the book stage yet, so don't know what I'd do.
    Happy weekend,
    Karen

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  19. Hi Karen,
    I found your blog via Susan J Reinhardt. I see you are from Ky. I am from Louisville, Ky. I have just started blogging. Where is your online writing course?

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  20. Great contest! I have a few friends who have self-published. I will pass along the information!

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  21. Hi Kim,
    Nice to meet you! Thanks for becoming a follower. I will hop over to your blog and check it out. My online writing course is for homeschooled teens; the site address is hswritingcoop.bravehost.com.
    Thanks and blessings,
    Karen

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  22. Alisa,
    Maybe one of your friends will win! That would be great. Thanks for coming by:)
    Blessings,
    Karen

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  23. Hey lady, I have an award for you over at my blog: http://thewritewords-lindsey.blogspot.com/2010/03/blog-awards.html

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  24. Lindsey,
    Thank you! Will check it out:)
    Blessings,
    Karen

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  25. I've heard about this contest before. Really cool. I read about the latest winner on the Guide to Literary Agents blog.

    I self-published a book in 1999. By the time I heard about this contest my book was not applicable for the competition as the release dates have to be fairly recent.

    Thanks for the heads up though!

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  26. Lindsey,
    Well maybe you can enter the next book you self publish next time around:)
    Thanks for coming over,
    Karen

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Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Have a blessed day!