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Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded Edition, 2nd Edition by Sara Paretsky, Hallie Ephron

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Chapter 30

Self-Publishing Your Novel

“My biggest word of advice to any new future writers thinking about diving into self-publishing: Edit.”

—Amanda Hocking

Self-published authors are their own publishers. All of the publishing tasks taken on and paid for by a traditional publishing house—editing, formatting, cover design, distribution, marketing, order fulfillment, and so on—fall to self-published authors or the freelancers they hire.

Self-publishing is fast and gives the author complete control over the finished product. Though self-published e-books tend to be priced lower than traditionally published books, the author takes a higher percentage of the revenue. Rates vary, but in a typical scenario the author’s royalty rate for an e-book published ...

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