After winning back her rights to her book Kid Writing, Isabell Cardonick was ready to explore book publishing on her own. That’s when fate intervened and brought her to BookBaby.

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In today's book publishing environment, all roads almost inevitably lead to a major decision: Do you try to go traditional publishing or do you strike it out on your own through self publishing?

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My parents were prolific writers, published numerous books and articles, and were leaders in the science fiction community of the 1970s and '80s. I'm sure they would have gone the self publishing route if it had been an option.

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My new eBook, The End – Now What?!, is full of budgeting, manuscript, and publishing advice for authors on the self-publishing track. Believe me, I know, getting your book published can be a long and daunting process. I’ve talked to hundreds of authors from all walks of life about their self-publishing experiences, both the good and not-so-good journeys. I've combined dozens of their stories in this book, along with some great tips and tricks from New York Times bestselling authors Hugh Howey and Dani Shapiro. Download your free copy today!

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seth godin self publishedSeth Godin is the author of 18 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership, and most of all, changing everything. In 2012, Godin set the book publishing industry on its ear by launching a series of books via Kickstarter. The campaign reached its goal after three hours and ended up becoming the most successful book project ever done this way. His 2014 book, What To Do When It’s Your Turn, is already a bestseller. In an interview posted on IndieReader.com, marketing maverick Seth Godin declares that "Self-publishing is the responsibility of choosing oneself."

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So you want to publish an eBook? Well, here's the good news: it's easy to do. However, you can't just push the "publish" button and call it a day. That may be what other self-published authors are doing, but you've got to put some real thought and effort into your self-publishing strategy if you want your book to be successful. If you're truly going to act as your own publisher, then you need to step into the shoes of all the various publishing team members: author, editor, marketer, publicist, etc.

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