CreateSpace (from Amazon.com) offers a monthly webinar, usually by my friend and marketing guru Brian Jud. (We co-presented a niche marketing program a couple of years back to the then Publishers Marketing Association University in New York City.)
You can see Brian’s last six webinars, with their valuable download handouts at their respective links, in the CreateSpace newsletter archives.
In How to Get Your Book Published Free in Minutes and Marketed Worldwide in Days I explain, step-by-step, how you submit your book to CreateSpace (and six other houses) for ancillary publishing.
CreateSpace also conducts frequent polls of those whose books they have published and are selling. The most recent poll asked “What has been the most successful means for promoting your (book)?” So far, 64 answered this way: social networking 30%, word of mouth 25%, own website or blog 16%, press releases and media outreach 5%, paid ads 2%, other 2%, and none at trade shows.
An earlier poll, with 139 respondents, asked “How long did it take you to complete your work, from concept start to available for sale?” The replies: under 3 months, 19%; 3-6 months, 14%; 6 months to a year, 20%; 1-2 years, 14%; 2-5 years, 19%; 5-10 years, 8%, and 10+ years, 6%. One factor must be added: the ancillary publishing outlets, like Create Space, have only been available for a couple of years. Earlier, it was considerably more difficult and expensive to publish your own book, and that must have had a negative effect on quick completion. That is, those who took the longest may not have known what they could do to put it in print. No such excuse now.
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