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What Every Author Should Know Before Publishing an eBook

With more publishing freedom comes more responsibility

- March 26, 2012
Authors don't need traditional book publishers anymore. Or do they? Almost daily, we see headlines proclaiming the demise of 'dead tree' books. "At some point the e-book will become the publishing market's primary engine," was one such headline from a recent feature in The Guardian.

One of the advantages of self-publishing an eBook, says New York Times best-selling romance novelist Barbara Freethy, is the potentially larger piece of the profit or royalty an author gets compared to what they earn with a traditional publisher. "You can also put your books up more frequently, so when you finish a book and it's ready to go, you might not have to wait a year and a half. You can control your price and you can also have flexibility. You can change the cover if it’s not working, that type of thing," she said. Think you're ready to take the leap? Beware. With more creative control and the potential for more money comes more work and responsibility. Here's why: ...

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