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Does self publishing via Amazon or similar services make your book ineligible for later acceptance by a publisher?



Is self-publishing through Amazon a good idea?

It’s trusted and reputable, and your book will be sold alongside those of reputable authors. This means you won’t be selling your books out of the back of your trunk, instead, friends, family and potential readers can get it online without you having to distribute it.

Does self-publishing hurt your chances?

Does self-publishing hurt your chances with a traditional publisher? Self-publishing does not hurt your chances with a traditional publisher at all. The opposite is true, actually. Self-publishing a book and having success can make it more likely you’ll publish with a traditional publishing house.

Can I self-publish with Amazon and Barnes and Noble?





Barnes and Noble is the third-largest self-publishing platform, reaching millions of readers on its website BN.com and e-reader NOOK. Amazon KDP offers distribution to Barnes and Noble thanks to something called expanded distribution under Ingram Group.

Can I publish elsewhere if I publish on Amazon?

Publishing on Amazon is free to you. There are no costs to getting your book(s) self-published through this platform. If you publish on Amazon KDP, you can publish elsewhere. You cannot publish elsewhere if your book is enrolled in Kindle Unlimited, however.

Can a self-published book be picked up by a publisher?

It is possible to bring a self-published book into the traditional publishing industry as long as one important detail is taken care of: you’ve retained the rights to your book.

How many copies does the average self-published book sell?

about 250 copies





Research suggests that the “average” self-published, digital-only book sells about 250 copies in its lifetime. By comparison, the average traditionally published book sells 3,000 copies, but as I mentioned above, only about 250-300 of those sales happen in the first year.

Can I use the same ISBN for Amazon and Barnes and Noble?

An ISBN is a universal number and aren’t (supposed to be*) reused, so when your professor tells you to buy 978-XXXXXXXXXX, you can take that to Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Chegg etc and look up the exact book (including edition) that you need.

Can a self-published book be sold at Barnes and Noble?

Self-Publish Your Book with Barnes & Noble Press. Welcome to Barnes & Noble Press—a free, fast, and easy-to-use self-publishing service that enables you to publish and sell print or ebooks directly to our millions of readers.

What is the best self-publishing company out there?

Written Word Media’s List of the Best Self-Publishing Companies

  • Amazon KDP.
  • Apple Books for Authors.
  • Kobo.
  • Barnes and Noble Press.
  • PublishDrive.
  • Reedsy.
  • StreetLib.
  • IngramSpark.

Why did Amazon take down my book?

If your book has only sold a few copies but receives many reviews they may be removed. If an influx of reviews appears immediately after a book’s release even though it has sold only a few copies, Amazon could deem this suspicious behavior and remove the reviews.

Should I copyright my book before self-publishing?

Under U.S. copyright law, your self published work is protected as soon as you put the pen to paper. Copyright is based on your creative authorship and is not dependent on any formal agreement with a book publisher or self publishing company, although registration with the U.S. Copyright Office is beneficial.

Can you republish the same book on Amazon?

According to Amazon’s rules for content, the eBooks must be substantially different. They can’t have identical content, even if they have a different cover, title, and author. When the new version is ready to be published, unpublish the old version and publish the new one.



What are the odds of getting a literary agent?

Your odds of getting a literary agent are 1 in 6,000. That does NOT mean 1 out of every 6,000 authors who try to get an agent will make it, and the other 5,999 will fail.

What is the average word count for a novel?

between 70,000 to 120,000 words

Average Word Count For A Novel



The average word count for adult fiction is between 70,000 to 120,000 words. For children’s fiction, the general rule is the younger the audience the shorter the book, and for YA novels the average is 50,000-70,000 words. Non-fiction word counts sit between 70,000-120,000 words.

Can you publish a book without a publisher?

Venturing into the world of publishing can be scary. The good news is, it is possible to sell books without a publisher. Like anything else, selling books is a skill, and you’ll learn how to sell books as you go. Find your readers and engage them so that when you are ready, they will want to buy your books.

How much does a writer make per book?

A typical book author barely makes more than minimum wage. You receive an advance and 10% royalties on net profit from each book. If your book retails at $25 per copy, you would need to sell at least 4,000 copies to break even on a $5,000 advance.



How many books sold is considered successful?

So what is a good sales figure for any book? “A sensational sale would be about 25,000 copies,” says literary agent Jane Dystel. “Even 15,000 would be a strong enough sale to get the publisher’s attention for the author for a second book.”

How much do self-published authors make on Amazon 2022?

A major platform for indie writers is Amazon. As a tool, Amazon can be tricky to learn and master. But with a little research and a strong strategy, a self-published author can make $10,000+ per month publishing their own books on Amazon.