Monday, June 28, 2010

Here, not There

Today I was scheduled to report for the first day of two months of Federal Jury Duty…at 8 a.m….in downtown Austin where the traffic at that time of morning is bumper to bumper and parking spaces are nowhere to be found. But when I called in last Friday to find out what days I’d be needed the following week, I was told I would not have to call in …until November. I’ve been bumped. To celebrate my freedom, I’m linking you over to an interesting article on getting your self-pubbed books into stores.

Carla King covers a lot of important topics you’ll need to know, from The Databases, Traditional Print Book Distribution, POD Distribution with Lightning Source, POD Distribution with a Self-Publishing Firm, to A Middle Path.

If you self-published your book and would like to get it into bookstores, read the article. I’d add that you might want to check out SPANnet which has a free online community where you’ll get a lot of helpful information.

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22 comments:

  1. Interesting article, but boy the work involved in self publishing, marketing, and then distribution seems daunting. I think agent's jobs are safe. They may have a bigger role to play coordinating, editing and promoting in a changing market, but I can see speciality jobs evolving. I still think publishing is a healthy business. We only limit ourselves.
    I'm not published, because I'm not published, and not because opportunity and market is lacking.

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  2. That being bumped thing has happened to me too and then I didn't have to serve at all - but I was willing so that's why the gods of Chance and Intention smiled on me...

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  3. Congrats on being bumped! Hope the November callback doesn't happen at a bad time...maybe you'll even get dismissed! :)

    Thanks for the links!

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  4. I'm rather glad I got bumped, but two months starting in November is not all that great either. As well, if called, I shall serve.

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  5. Woo-hoo - your summer is free!

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  6. I didn’t self-publish, but I am with a small publisher, so I have a feeling I can benefit from this information, too. I’m on my way over to read it.

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  7. Congrats on getting bumped. If this happens again, do they eventually excuse you from jury duty?

    And I agree with Simon, the self-publishing efforts seem daunting! I give lots of admirable credit to those who go that route.

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  8. Interesting that getting bumped gets more comments than self-published.
    I know the relief when they say not needed. Hope it stays that way in November. Being willing to serve is what counts.

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  9. Thanks for the link and I'm glad you have your summer back.

    CD

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  10. Enjoy the freedom, Helen. And thanks for the link to Cara's article. Very informative and some things I defnitely need to check out regarding ebooks.
    Karen

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  11. Congrats on getting bumped ... to just in time for the holidays :)

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  12. So do I, Joanne. The idea of self-publishing is so daunting.

    Karen, if anybody can do it, my money's on you.

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  13. If I remember you had to rearrange your trip so you could go to jury duty and now they bumped you? Can you go on your trip now?

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  14. Congrats on your freedom! Yay!

    Will head over and check it out now. Hope you had a great weekend.

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  15. Lauri, we did rearrange the trip, but ended up staying about as long as we wanted, anyway. Put a day on the front end and two days on the end to get me back in time to report. Then I called from Lake Tahoe to check in and found out I'd been bumped. The good thing is now I know not to schedule anything in November and December.

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  16. Congrats on getting bumped! :)

    Thanks for the link!

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  17. Hooray! I'm glad you don't have to sit in a courthouse all summer. :)

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  18. That bumping thing...both good and bad. You have your freedom for a few more months...but I still think jury duty throw lots of fuel on the writing fire...

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  19. Liza, I'm just hoping it doesn't throw a blanket on the writing fire.

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  20. Glad you got a reprieve for now, Helen!

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  21. Enjoy your freedom while you can :)

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