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April Eberhardt, Andrew Haskins, Carol Verburg, Paula Hendricks

Nano-Presses: Publishing your book in the 21st Century

Below, you will find the podcasts from the Nano-Presses round table on March 22, 2011, hosted by the historic Mechanics' Institute Library in San Francisco. This event was part of the library's ongoing Authors' Carnival Series, which in turn is a continuation of the M.I. Library's century-long commitment to promoting quality literature from local authors. The panelists wish to thank library director Sharon Miller for all her help in making this event possible. We would also like to thank Taryn Edwards, Jeremy Snell, Sead Sehovic and Adele Fasick for their assistance.

The panelists for this event were (in order of opening comments):

 

NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, the following files vary in quality. The high-quality audio for the introduction and opening statements had to be replaced with a lower-quality recording from an omnidirectional table-mounted microphone. Likewise, some of the answers to the first few questions had to be replaced. We have cleaned up this audio as much as possible, but it is still of noticeably lower quality than the rest of the podcast. We're sorry for any inconvenience.

Podcast © 2011 April Eberhardt, Andrew Haskins, Paula Hendricks, Carol Verburg and the Mechanics' Institute Library. Copyright for this podcast is held jointly by the panelists and the Mechanics' Institute Library. You may keep a single copy for your personal use, but all other rights are reserved. No public performance of the work is allowed save for Fair Use for non-profit educational purposes. In these cases, classroom playback is allowed so long as the Library and the panelists are fully identified, but no reproduction or distribution is authorized.

Nano-Presses: Publishing your book in the 21st Century

Welcome by library director Sharon Miller

Introduction by M.I. Library Self-Publishing Working Group creator Carol Verburg

Opening comments by April Eberhardt

Opening comments by Carol Verburg

Opening comments by Paula Hendricks

Opening comments by Andrew Haskins

Response to opening comments by Paula Hendricks

Question 1: How do you price your books?

Question 2: What is the usual author/publisher split of profits?

Question 3: How do you get small authors "out there"?

Question 4: How do I recover ebook rights?

Question 5: How do I find collaborators?

Question 6: What are the costs in publishing yourself?

Question 7: Rights, e-rights and ISBNs (oh my!)

Question 8: How do I publish on Amazon?

Question 9: Text vs PDF; Amazon vs iBookstore

Carol discusses thebookdesigner.com

Question 10: How does an author get endorsements and reviews?

Question 11: Where do we show our books in a virtual market?

Question 12: How does the reader find quality books?

Question 13: What about independent bookstores?

Question 14: Do big publishers troll the ebook market for new authors (and would you want them if they did)?

Wrap up: Self-Publishing Working Group; Mechanics' Institute Library; west coast publishing

 

Podcast Copyright © 2011 April Eberhardt, Andrew Haskins, Paula Hendricks, Carol Verburg and the Mechanics' Institute Library. Copyright for this podcast is held jointly by the panelists and the Mechanics' Institute Library. You may keep a single copy for your personal use, but all other rights are reserved. No public performance of the work is allowed save for Fair Use for non-profit educational purposes. In these cases, classroom playback is allowed so long as the Library and the panelists are fully identified, but no reproduction or distribution is authorized.

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