The costs and benefits of publishing your own books – BBC News


BBC News
The costs and benefits of publishing your own books
BBC News
From Both Sides – sold 250,000 copies in a year and pushed him on to become one of the bestselling self-published authors in the UK.


There’s an interesting table of statistics in this article that you should check out. It’s called ‘Earnings of a Writer’.

And this quote I pulled which – importantly shows how most authors see about a 40% return on investment.

From my experience that is about right. Although that 40% ROI is more accurate when you have several books published. On any given book you may lose money…

“A recent survey of writers found that 25% of them had self-published a work, and 86% of them said they would self-publish again.

They suggested a typical return on their investment of 40%, the research for the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society found.”

How to Get Successfully Published TODAY: Big 5, Indy, or Self-Publish?



It’s the greatest time in history to be a writer. There are more ways to get published than ever before. While it’s great to have so many options, it’s also confusing. But when you break these many different ways down, they sort themselves out into j…


Hey, if you get published in any of the ways mentioned – you’re on to something. Success is in the eye of the beholder!

If you have the opportunity, try publishing in all of these ways!

How Do You Tell A Friend Their Book Stinks?

How Do You Tell A Friend Their Book Stinks?

Do you just ignore it and give a good review?

How will your friend respond if you tell them the truth?

Wow! What a sticky situation…

Well, the truth is you should just tell them there are some problems and they should think about fixing it before they land a whole bunch of bad reviews. 

Then you’re the good guy. 

Writers all start somewhere. And generally the first few books are not as good as they could be. True writers keep at it though and get better. Help them get better.

Anyway, this was a funny read about just this particular situation…

Sun Herald – Friend has hard time finding a few kind words for bad book – The Sun Herald … Jul 4

He just selfpublished it, and it’s available on Amazon. He gave me a copy, asked me to read it and enter a great review on the Amazon page. The problem is the book is filled with misused and misspelled words, and there is missing punctuation. He even switched the names of two characters.

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