Thursday, June 21, 2012

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I've been wondering something. Why do authors need to go through a publication company like Amazon, or Barnes and Noble, etc. to market their works? If the author is expected to do all, or almost all, the publicity and marketing of his/her work, why can't we cut out the publication companies and sell the work(s) from our own web sites?

I'm sure a digital book can be translated into any format such as Kindle or Nook, or as a pdf file, from a home computer. All that would be needed then is to set up a pay-pal account for interested readers to pay for the book(s) they want. That way the author sets the price and all proceeds are royalties.

As an option, I can see several writers/authors coming together and setting up their own publication company or distribution company using a similar pay-pal type account.

I have a son and daughter-in-law who are setting up an on-line referral agency for teachers and students to find each other and get together either on-line or in person. It's called My Dream Teacher (check it out at http:\\, right now it's a free service). I'm thinking of having him set up something similar to market my novels and give him a percentage of the proceeds (assuming my novels ever sell, LOL).
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Paul West is a freelance writer and novelist. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul claims to be a "Prune Picker," though he now makes his home in Taylorsville, Utah.

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Published: Thursday, June 21, 2012

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