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Akshay Dhar (Scribbler)

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Greetings folks,
I'm based out of New Delhi (India) and have been writing in whatever time I can spare for about 5 years now - dabbled in it before - and primarily I write fiction, mostly sci and speculative but not limited just to those genres.
I've written short stories (unpublished), am working on the 2nd draft of my 1st book and have published several comics the last few years.
What I'm hoping to learn from this community I think, is pretty much:

1) What others experiences with self-publishing have been, both in print and electronically. I've done print for some comics I self-publish but not e-book.
2) I'm hoping to publish a set of shorts and maybe even the book when I'm done over the internet in case it's not looking like a publishing deal is on the horizon - in this regard since I have only internet articles (notably chaotic) to go by, I'm curious what your reactions are to the various sites and systems for doing this and any advice you might have for an amateur like myself.

Thank you for your time, any advice you might choose to give and for being a part of this page which shows someone like me that there are others like me out there and who are willing to help.
Cheers!
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K.G. Arndell

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Hi all,
Glad to be aboard. I'm currently a self-published horror/speculative fiction writer. I have a few short stories up on Amazon and Smashwords, and am about to release a collection while I write my debut dark fantasy novel. Looking forward to getting to know everyone.
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Good to meet you.
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The Paige's of Life Novel

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Hello All,
I just received my manuscript back from my Editor.  This will be my first novel.  I will be self publishing, the novel is fiction, 42,000 words, 221 pages. I am looking for a simple and easy check list to following to bring this baby to a published status.

Thanks from The Paige's of Life-
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Read Let's Get Digital by David Gaughran
Aside from great information, there's a excellent check list at the end.
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Rob Cookenour

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I'm a new member to this community. As the book by Chris Gardner, "Start Where You Are," states, whatever you enjoy, surround yourself with it. So, I LOVE creative, sensual writing and am writing for my own self publishing. Naturally, I want to surround myself with fellow creatives. I'll enjoy catching up on your past posts.
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Isabella du Lac

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Hi everyone, I'm Isabella! I'm having a go at this 'writing thing'...It's nice to know that there are communities where I can chat about the pitfalls and upside to Self Publishing. Right now I'm writing a book about The Tarot and a murder mystery - could be a long time before I get to the publishing stage but I'm loving every minute of it so far. Good luck to all of you with your books.
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Ah, yes. You will. Fortunately balance will fall into place naturally.
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Joseph Padgett

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Hey everyone, new around here, and to self publishing. Working on my novel at the moment, and wanted to make connections and friends in the same game. My novel is going to be part of series of War Fiction.
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Absolutely, I will keep everything up to date on my blog, twitter and google+ page, just follow one and you will get the updates. Thanks for the comment. I am glad you are interested. It gives what I am working on that much more meaning.
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Good Creative Academy

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Hello everyone, I am new to this community. How many of you have created Kindle or other e-books (whether for Nook, epub, etc.) and what software did you use? I come from a traditional publishing background (writing for print magazines for about 20 years, worked at magazine and newspaper using InDesign, etc.), but I am thinking about creating an online course to show people how to use InDesign to create these books and launch them on Amazon etc. I'd show the process as I go through each step for the first time. I'm an expert at InDesign, but not at self-publishing yet, so any comments from others would be great. Did any of you use Word? I have taught a university class on e-publishing but it had more to do with design, and we designed our own books, saved them in various formats, but we didn't upload them to Amazon.
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+Jenni Julander to be clear, my comment wasn't intended to be a criticism.
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Allen Paul

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Hello! I'm a newbie writer as my main career is music. My current project is a non-fiction self-help book for musicians called "God and Gigs". I'm hoping to gain a lot of insight from other self-publishers about the process. Thankfully I have a couple of friends already in the publishing business but more advice is never bad. Hope to connect with many of you soon! 
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+Nicole Roshell Martinez thanks a bunch. I'll definitely have questions as I get closer to publication. 
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Gabrielle Bryant

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Hi I'm Gabrielle Bryant, my first book The New Foundation later The Star Atlas, basically predicted the future as an allegory much like 1984 but it was written stream of thought, when I was fourteen. My latest book, which I also self published on LULU is a memoir of my life so far. I'm 26, I've been writing as an outlet since I was young. It helped me recover from schizophrenia, later found to be a misdiagnosis. I love to write and would like to meet new people!
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R.H. Dahl

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Hello fellow writers! I found this site through a few different people I know who recommended it or 'liked' it on their sites. I am currently putting the final touches on my first  book that I will be self publishing very soon, I hope! However, there is still much to learn and this community seems full of exciting ideas and helpful hints. Glad to be here =)
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Congrats on your first book. There is not feeling like the first time your hold your finished book in your hand!
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Benita J. Prins

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Hello all! I'm currently working on self-publishing my first novel. This looks like an awesome and very helpful community!
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Me to babe,let's learn together!
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Dennis Garcia

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Hello everyone!
Inexperienced newbie here.  Just uploaded my first E book.  Problem is, it has about 120 pages of Illustrations, 13 pages of text at the works cited section at the end.  When I upload it in word.docx the spacing between words is all jumbled, but the illustrations are fine.  When I upload it in HTML, I lose the illustrations (the spacing in the works cited is also still jumbled up).  Waiting to hear back from Amazon.  In the meantime, any suggestions?  I greatly appreciate any feedback.
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I'd like to know the answer too. 
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brigett hurley

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Hi I'm new and I published two children's books on Amazon KDP. They both came out June 15, 2015 I did my self publishing on my Kindle tablet. I wrote my two books on my Kindle and saved them to a pdf on my Kindle. I also used Kindle Kids Book Creator.

How to Self Publish, more specifically on how to self publish with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. Check out my article I've written on Medium.com by Brigida Hurley. I have had a great experience so far. Some key ideas:
Know your genre
Know your files. Microsoft Word is recommended for publication for certain online publishing places and how you save your document. Whether it is a doc. Or png file, etc;
Know the categories your genre fits into.
Read all the necessary information provided to you from your chosen publishing place.
Files and software may be necessary and provided for you by the publishing place.
Read. Lots of reading. Notebook and Journal can help you with writing notes and reminders, and keeping track of important web site urls. Writing down thoughts, plans, and whatever else comes to mind. #selfpublishing



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Nicole Roshell Martinez

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Hello everyone, this is my first actual post to this community. I've self-published several books and I've experienced fairly decent sales. I'd like to be able to sell them on Amazon and other outlets, just not sure how to do it. Any advice from those who have experience is welcome, as well as starting podcasts, etc. 
Thanks all and I look forward to getting to know you.
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Perhaps everyone knows this, but just in case--if you have self-published your book, but not through Amazon, you can still sell your book on Amazon.
I was interviewed by a local radio station, which then sent me the podcast. I have it on my website.
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Fuma Asad

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Hi!  I'm interested in information about self publishing, so I'll just hang out mostly.  I may share an article that I find especially helpful, but try not to spam (apparently that's easy to do).  Happy Writing!
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Angeline Trevena

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Hello all. I'm a spec fic writer from the UK. After several years of being a short story writer, getting published in anthologies by small presses, I self published my debut novella this month. Wow, that was a learning curve and a half! Hoping to learn loads here and be even better at it all when I publish my next book. If you do want to know a bit more, my website is http://www.angelinetrevena.co.uk, either way, hello!
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Speculative fiction, it covers fantasy, science fiction, and horror. The self publishing is going ok, thanks. Working hard on my next book now. 
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Nicholas Timms

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Greetings all, I trust you're well??

Thankful to have found this community as one considering options for self publishing for my forthcoming novel series... the buzZJakKeRZ GUidE...

Looking forward to engaging and sharing within this community and making new friends:)

Peace & Love Always

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Thank you for a warming welcome +Jennifer Waddle​
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Thomas Vaultonburg

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No matter what I go looking for I end up with books. I think it's important in the long-term to not get bitter if your projects don't sell like gangbusters. Find something else to do while you're waiting for people to discover you. Go discover yourself.
Every May our neighborhood has a collective garage sale. Wait a minute, that makes us sound like Socialists, and i doubt there are many Socialists in our neighborhood besides me. Our entire neighbo...
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+Thomas Vaultonburg I agree with you.
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Jeremy E. Cherry

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I am knew to the community, any thoughts on what the best self publishing agency is? 
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Same here! 
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Amanda Almeida

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Hi everyone! I just joined this community because I'm looking for 2-3 self published novels for my blog, www.scribblesandscrutiny.com. I do write a little but mostly I do critiques. The novels will be reviewed over the summer for my leisure summer section. Thanks and happy writing!
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