selfpublishing

Life is so long but so short

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Usually I do not write in English. Writing in English is difficult to me because it’s not my first language as I speak Italian, but I like English. I was in London so much times… Well, I know to be in London doesn’t mean anything. Walking through the city you can hear any language except English, the old and good English. I heard lots of Italian, Spanish and just 1-5% of British English.

So If my post is not perfect you know why. I do not intend to say “I’m Italian” to avoid a good English, anyway.

Usually I love reading books and – in my very few spare time – to write books. The problem is that writing book is a bit like loosing time because there are too much books out there, people doesn’t know me, people doesn’t pay for unknown writers and if they pay, they don’t want to pay more than a bit.

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The perfect price for an e-book

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What is the price? What does it mean to sell an e-book?

Well, considering that the e-book is not a tangible object, we can think about it as a software, and it’s a software if we really see what it is. You can have a license on that. When you buy an e-book from Amazon, Kobo, Apple and Google they can decide that the e-book you purchased it’s not anymore available for you and remove it from their servers for you, so you’re going to lose it from your Amazon/Kobo/Apple/Google device. It’s difficult it happen, but it can always happen, so the best thing is to make a backup of the e-book files when it’s possible, when you don’t have to fight against DRM.

But it’s not this the purpose of this post.

The purpose is to reflect on the e-book price concept. e-book is not tangible object, you can’t touch it, you can’t feel the smell of the pages, but, at the end of the story, it’s always a text, it’s a story an author wrote. What is the best price if the author is a selfpublisher?

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The selfpublishing issue

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Last time I explained how I started to be involved in selfpublishing. Now I will explain what means to be a selfpublisher, and then I will talk more specifically about Italy.

If you understand why you don’t want a Publishing House for your e-book, you have to understand the selfpublishing way, because you have to be sure about your choice.

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The selfpublishing way

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I’m in Italy and when I started writing I didn’t know that you can publish a book without to pay to the Publishing House. I never published before 2009 and I never payed anyone to publish a book of mine. I write from more than 20 years.

From the 2009 I started to look for a Publisher, but I understood that you have to afford too much compromises to be published. You have to know the Publisher personally, he/she has to be a your great friend, maybe your best friend, just so you can have a chance, or you have to pay 2000-3000 euros to a Big Literature Agency to be accepted from a Publisher.

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