Publishing Options

25 Nov

003Happy Tuesday to you all.  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and you are already to eat until you drop on Thanksgiving.  It’s a short week for most of us, so let’s get down to business.

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately on the Writer’s Mailbag about which publishing option is the best, so that’s going to be our topic for today.


Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw

So here’s my answer to the question which publishing method is the best…..whichever one you decide upon.

That may sound like a cop out, but hear me out.

Traditional publishing…print on demand….ebooks….all have the possibility for success, and all have downsides.  You can drive yourself nutso trying to figure out which one to do, and I know some writers who suffer from the paralysis of analysis.  Get over it and move on.

Do your diligent research, ask for opinions from others in the business, and then make a decision, because ultimately, your success, or lack thereof, will depend on the amount of marketing you do.  You can write the best damn book ever written, but if you don’t market it like your life depends on it, it won’t matter how you publish it.


Sharpen your marketing skills, and I’m not talking about Facebook posts.  Instead of reading articles and books on how to write, you would be much better off reading articles and books about how to successfully market your books.  Most, if not all of you reading this, already have the writing skills to be successful in writing.  Writing is not what is holding you back…marketing, or the lack thereof, is.


Writer’s Marketing is a site dedicated to, well, marketing for writers. J  Check them out here.


303 Marketing Tips, available on Amazon here.


Let me introduce you to Smilealot, formerly ValleyPoet on HubPages.  I greatly enjoy this man’s poetry and I think you will as well.  You can find him here.


The Meadow Novella Contest is taking submissions until February 1, 2015.  Check them out (Brian, I’m talking to you) and maybe you’ll find something that interests you.


A verbal prompt today, and that prompt is EVERGREEN.


I just don’t see myself doing another of these posts on this short week, so this will have to do for now. Have a marvelous Thanksgiving. I know I am very grateful for all of you.  Your friendships are very important to me.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”



22 Responses to “Publishing Options”

  1. Janine Huldie November 25, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

    Off to Emma’s school for her Harvest Feast, but just wanted to say hi and wish you a great day!! 😉

    • Billybuc November 25, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

      Well Happy Harvest Feast, Janine. Thanks for taking the time to visit.

  2. Sally November 25, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    Happy Thanksgiving – enjoy the break. Enjoy!

    • Billybuc November 25, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

      Thank you Sally. I will enjoy the day off…family, friends,and great food!

  3. Shauna L Bowling November 25, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

    I’ll definitely check out Writers Marketing. It’s time to weed out the newsletters that no longer serve a purpose and bring in those that will.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Bill. Hugs to you and Bev.

    • Billybuc November 25, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

      Thank you Sha, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your fun.

  4. marlenebertrand November 25, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    As usual, Bill, great advice. I’m going to have a marvelous Thanksgiving with family. I hope you have a marvelous Thanksgiving too.

    • Billybuc November 25, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

      We will indeed, Marlene.Thank you so much, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your husband.

  5. Denise Anderson November 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

    Bill, where is the best place to go for nuts and bolts on e-publishing. I have several questions. Is it necessary to have an ISBN number and how does one get it? What about copyrighting? etc.

    • Billybuc November 25, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

      Denise, I don’t know if there is a best place. I learned most of what I know from Amazon….it isn’t necessary to have an ISBN number unless you are going to sell your books in a store, but really, for the cost, it is worth having one. Amazon has them available, as do print on demand companies like CreateSpace…you can also just buy the number from the sources….do a Google search for ISBN and it will take you to the place that issues those numbers. Copyrighting is automatic when you publish a book.

  6. melissajane14 November 26, 2014 at 12:11 am #

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Bill, and thanks for the advice 🙂

    • Billybuc November 26, 2014 at 12:13 am #

      Thank you, Melissa. I appreciate it.

  7. Wayne Barrett November 26, 2014 at 1:07 am #

    Happy Thanksgiving my friend.

    • Billybuc November 26, 2014 at 1:38 am #

      Thank you, Wayne! The same to you and yours.

  8. klsilver November 26, 2014 at 4:11 am #

    Have a great Thanksgiving with your family Bill!

    • Billybuc November 26, 2014 at 4:34 am #

      Thank you, Sis! I appreciate that…Happy Wednesday to you.

  9. phoenix2327 November 26, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    Picking up the turkey today and prepping all the trimmings for tomorrow. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving, Bill. We all have something to be thankful for.

    • Billybuc November 26, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

      Thank you Zulma! We did our grocery shopping yesterday and we are all ready to prepare the meal. Happy Thanksgiving to you, my friend.

  10. Ruchira Khanna November 26, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    I agree Bill…as a writer do you research and march forward cause there are so many options out there…difficult to just stand there as confused…marketing is very imp. And I suck at that!!
    Only such moments when I wish I had a genie to do it…lol

    Happy Thanksgiving, Bill
    One reason for me to be thankful is having you as a writer in my circle 🙂

    • Billybuc November 26, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

      Ruchira, I think most of us suck at marketing, so you aren’t alone. And what a lovely thing for you to say. Thank you, and I am thankful for you as well.

  11. Michael Milec December 2, 2014 at 3:26 am #

    Hello my friend. Change mind ! – definitely for better. ( This machine will disclose that I am late.) Nature is teaching us, if a seed doesn’t ‘change its mind’, we won’t see a growing miracle…
    Wish you a blessed week…

    • Billybuc December 2, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

      Michael my friend, another beautiful comment from my favorite Michigan friend. Blessings today and always, Michael.

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