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Calculating Self-Publishing Royalties

Figuring out self-publishing royalties can be surprisingly complex. It depends on several factors, including type of book sold (softcover, e-book, etc.), the size of the book, and the sales channel in which it was sold. A look at how these royalties are calculated, with explanations from the contracts of iUniverse, Xlibris, and WingSpan Press.

who own your work, you or the self-publishers?

Who Owns Your Work, You or the Self-Publisher?

As a general rule, you retain the rights to your book when you self-publish. But “general rules” can be bent this way and that, so it pays to read the self-publishing contract very carefully. Here are links to several self-publishing contracts, along with a discussion of some items to look for.

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A Look at Self-Publishing Contracts

Self-publishing contracts vary widely in length, scope, detail, and other aspects. To help you sort through them, here are links to the contracts from 8 self-publishing firms. Plus, a list of items to look for in these contracts.

autobiography or memoir?

Autobiography or Memoir?

Many people use the terms “autobiography” and “memoir” interchangeably, but there is a major difference between the two. A look at the two ways of writing your life story, and a discussion of which is best for you.

Self-Publishing Packages: What They Cost

Are you thinking of self-publishing your book? Here’s a quick comparison of the prices of self-publishing packages at 10 self-publishing firms – including AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Dog Ear and Lulu.

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Premade Book Covers – An Interesting Option

Not sure about hiring a designer to create a cover for your book? Using premade book covers is an inexpensive yet popular alternative. Here’s an explanation of process, with links to several designers.

why are you writing your book?

Why Are You Writing Your Book?

There are many reasons why someone would want to write a book, and the “why” helps determine how you shape and write it – as well as what you do with it once it’s complete. Check out this list of “whys” to help you home in on your motivation, which is the first step to writing a great book.