Archive for Richard Mulvey’ Category


Nov

9

2010

How many book are published each year?

Estimates for books published each year around the world vary but the consensus seems to be that the UK and USA between them publish over 400,000 new books each year. That’s over 1,000 every day, which means there is a lot of competition out there. In addition, it is estimated that about 93% of the titles published sell less than 1,000 copies, which is probably…

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Sep

30

2010

How to publish your book

Okay… you have written your masterpiece and now you would like other people to read it and maybe make some money in the process. This is called publishing. In the distant past books were hand written and publishing a manuscript was just for the very few. 550 years ago the printing press was invented and the first books started to be published in quantity. Lots…

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Sep

30

2010

What is a reasonable royalty from a Traditional Publisher?

The publisher invests their money in the project and takes the risks so they tend to get a reasonable share of the profit. The very approximate breakdown of the retail price of a book is as follows: Selling Price             100% Retail Shop              40% – 50% Author                     7% – 10% Publisher            …

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Sep

30

2010

Should you self-publish the first time or look for a publisher?

The answer to this question depends on what you are publishing and whether you have a ready audience. Traditional wisdom suggests that it is very difficult to self publish fiction, while business books are easier. Having said that the list of people who have successfully self-published their work include John Grisham, Charles Dickens, Beatrix Potter, Stephen King, Mark Twain and Richard Nixon (although the last…

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Sep

30

2010

What choices do I have when getting my book published?

There are three distinct options here: Traditional Publisher, Vanity Publisher and Self-Publishing. Vanity Publisher Vanity publishing seems to have a bad press and I guess this may be justified for some of them. Vanity publishers will not market your book. They make their money from the author who pays for their work, and in many cases the fee is rather high. Some Vanity publishers will…

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Sep

30

2010

How many book are published each year?

Estimates for books published each year around the world vary but the consensus seems to be that the UK and USA between them publish over 400,000 new books each year. That’s over 1,000 every day, which means there is a lot of competition out there. In addition, it is estimated that about 93% of the titles published sell less than 1,000 copies, which is probably…

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