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We had skilled publishing professionals among us, so we never considered using a vanity press. Instead, each of the twelve of us tossed in $500 and formed a small business. One of us went to San Francisco City Hall to process our business name, Wild Writing Women Press. Another bought the ISBN and bar code; others hired a book designer, edited, proofread, created a website, and chose a printer. Promotion was easy because we had 12 professional adventure travel writers talking up the book in the course of marketing our other books and projects.

Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel was an instant hit. We sold all 1,000 copies in the first week of publication and made back more than double our investment. Eighteen traditional publishers were suddenly interested in purchasing the book. The group decided -- by a skinny 7 to 5 vote -- to sell it to Globe-Pequot. Self-publishing success? Well, it's 2010 and we've yet to see any royalties.

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Now that was a GREAT article! That should be required (recommended) reading for ever would-be writer. The whole process (and reasons)of bring a book to print was right there. More importantly, it talked about the need to have a precise vision, or goal. Look at this (taken from article):.... ""Author Solutions' brands -- AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford, Wordclay, and Xlibris -- have published more than 120,000 books by 85,000 authors," Andriani reported in the same article"

Even more eye opening was the statement (by the author of article) that although their book went to press in 2001, and was picked up by a large publisher, they've yet to see any royalties.

It appears a would-be writer better have a tight game plan. From start to finish, they better know where they are going, and precisely, how they are going to get there! There's all kinds of reason people write books.

That was a great and must read article.

YES YES YES... Ask plenty of questions. Don't be scared! It appears there are no stupid questions. It's a mind-field out there.

Thanks Troy.

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