Secrets To Successful Publishing

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Secrets To Successful Publishing

By: Geela

Have you ever wondered what would it take to compete successfully with the "big guys" like Simon & Schuster and even get to the top of the heap? If there is such thing as a magic formula for success, then the story of Geela, the author of the bestseller book THE AMERICAN DREAM can certainly make a believer out of you too. Mastering the art of the possible is at the heart of Geela's brand new book where her message is that the possible always exceeds the impossible.

It's a sobering fact that no one not even the "big guys" (the large publishing houses) are immune to the risk of failing and even going out of business and not so much because of lack of resources but rather lack of innovation, high vision and keeping up with inevitable change. In fact, too many companies take the complacent approach of "one-size-fits-all" to marketing and promotion with a worn out attitude of "business as usual" and "we're the best, you're the rest" that stifles innovative thinking (thinking outside the box) so essential for surviving and thriving in a very competitive and dynamic industry where change is the norm and maintaining success is the exception.

It's been Geela's experience as a self-supported and self-published author, that greater degrees of success can be achieved by any publishing company regardless of their size or circumstances simply by implementing the following principles for success that worked for her company GLOBAL VISION MEDIA:

  1. It's not your aptitude but your attitude - a winning attitude can mean the difference between success and failure. Success is a matter of perception and an equal opportunity employer. You are as successful as you make up your mind to be. So don't be afraid to aim high. Let the story of The Little Engine That Could and David and Goliath inspire you. While some people thought that Goliath was too big to hit, David thought he was too big to miss.
  2. Recognize that dreams and aspirations for success have no expiration date - these are self-imposed artificial deadlines that are silent killers of creativity and motivation.
  3. What determines your level of success or level of failure is not lack of resources but rather lack of creativity (resourcefulness), high vision and faith (remember, quitters never win and winners never quit).
  4. No matter what you were brainwashed to believe, never underestimate your own power to write your own life script and command control of your destiny by either finding a way or making a way. Also when you understand the difference between making things happen vs. letting things happen, you will generate whatever is necessary for you to reach your destination even when all the odds are against you. You no longer have to wait or be at the mercy of traditional distribution and bookstores as they hide your book between competitive titles on their shelves. Your fate is in your hands and all that your hands need to do is to take advantage of the awesome power of modern technology which is now available to the "little guy" as well in order to compete successfully and even surpass the "big guys." Any self-made successful person will tell you that indeed anything is possible especially to those who believe.
  5. Apply the Kaleidoscope approach to your marketing and promotion efforts - although there are finite number of pieces, infinite number of combinations and possibilities can be created simply by rearranging them. You are limited only by your own imagination and will.
  6. Don't use the Christopher Columbus method of planning your business if you are serious about reaching your destination of smooth sailing into a new world of success with glory. By failing to plan properly, you plan to fail by default. The power of strategic planning backed by a solid infrastructure cannot be overstated - it's what makes or breaks regardless of the quality of your product (book). A synergetic plan in place will serve as a compass to guide your actions, evaluate your performance and run your business more profitably.
  7. A good marketing plan requires the dexterity of a circus juggler mainly because of factors such as the different life-cycle stage of each title at any given time. In Geela's particular case, as a self-contained, it was and still is a unique multi-faceted situation with multiple projects going on simultaneously, involving a brand new book, a music album and putting together an all-star benefit concert with major music producers as part of Geela's nonprofit organization, ONE SPIRIT, ONE WORLD (dedicated to promoting world peace focusing on children's issues), since Geela is an established singer/songwriter with many albums, awards and rave reviews, a visionary author and a long time peace and children's activist. She is the founder of the nonprofit organization, ONE SPIRIT, ONE WORLD, a co-founder of a successful record label, GLOBAL VISION RECORDS in addition to being a co-fonder of an up and coming independent publishing company, GLOBAL VISION BOOKS/MEDIA. To make life even more exciting, Geela is also a wife and a dedicated mom.
  8. Capitalize on any talents you might have to make up for perceived lack of sales and/or financial resources (initially when you are starting out). Geela's situation is unique by all standards. Hers is a multi-faceted situation (music/book/nonprofit organization) which greatly enhanced the success of her efforts.
  9. Broaden your marketing and promotional parameters and capabilities to include a multi-level marketing and promotion by reaching out to different audiences from ethnic to military and other untapped markets. In Geela's case, because of her unique background, as an immigrant from Israel who was born in Iran, with a universal appeal, she capitalized on that fact to reach broader audiences that include ethnic, minorities, women and immigrants.
  10. Your infrastructure needs to be built on a solid foundation which includes everything from an innovative strategic marketing plan to a coordinated program which includes the following elements:
    • A comprehensive marketing and promotional plan including assorted advertising mix in key places in addition to a national media campaign
    • Cutting edge on-line marketing and promotion with your own user friendly website (links, pop up banner, affiliate program, ezine newsletter, direct response with a compelling sales letter, article submission, media e-mail blast to keep your name in front of the media with different press releases, sample of products, plenty of endorsements, media room, useful information, strong search engines, just to name a few)
    • Sales forecast
    • Financial plans
    • Secure advanced endorsements for your book from world-renowned personalities, the media, book reviewers and best selling authors to establish credibility
    • Distribution
    • Fulfillment center with your own toll-free number. In Geela's case she chose a number that's easy to remember for her radio interviews (800) 99GEELA
    • Create an outstanding press kit with useful information in addition to promotional and fun material such as posters, bookmarks, double sided glossy flyers and more
    • Marketing and promotion plans also for pursuing the non-bookstore markets (special sales/premiums/incentive) as well as sub-rights and foreign rights including film rights, especially like in the case of Geela, if your book is slanted towards a movie - these are most lucrative sources for substantial revenues and profitability since you bypass the middlemen, massive discounts and have reduced returns.
    • Since no man is an island and likewise success is never a one-man show, it's essential to have a marketing support system, a Dream-Team if you will, which is made up of top notch like-minded people who share your vision, faith in the project and level of commitment to making it a huge success. The more harmony and camaraderie the better information and creative ideas can be generated to help move your project forward, and combat those inevitable "marketing fatigue" while keeping you motivated.
    • To become a magnet of success and total prosperity live by the motto: "when I help others win - I win."
    • Author personal appearances, speaking engagements and other innovative forms of promotion such as running for an office (at least for a day...) and/or trying to break the Guineas book of records (well, at least in theory you can make the attempt...). Once again, you are limited only by your imagination.
  11. In order to get a head start on your promotional campaign consider using a direct response that can help put your title on the best seller list at least on by doing a massive and highly targeted e-mail blast. This alone can open many doors for you and help you reach your destination so much faster and ... in style too.
  12. Apply the old-fashioned yet proven method of making up for lack of financial resources the size of the "big guys" with OPM but not the traditional Other People's Money, but rather Other People's Minds, by networking, sharing up to date information, developing and nurturing partnerships while conducting massive research. Remember, knowledge is power that provides you the winning edge. It's cost free and it creates additional opportunities for growth while instantly becoming a success and prosperity magnet.
  13. Strive to provide the highest quality in product and service and always go the extra mile, remember, the seed of money is service.

In the final analysis, it's the quality of the book that will ultimately dictate the longevity and the level of success of any marketing and promotional campaign. Geela's highly praised book THE AMERICAN DREAM offers something very special that everybody wants...hope and direction. In fact, through her Principles For Successful Living, Geela is revolutionizing the conventional wisdom of achieving success, total prosperity and even global unity. And that's something that will always be in demand and never go out of style. Geela's fascinating personal story of triumph over adversity and winning against all odds best captures the true spirit of the American Dream which was based on perspiration, innovation, risk and reward. Of-course some might think her tremendous success story (which took her only twenty years to achieve) is only a result of luck or talent or ... whatever. But perhaps a better definition of luck needs to be when preparation meets opportunity. After all, if you know where you are going, chances are you will get there, and if not, then you'll end up on the road to nowhere. Now that's something to write about...

About The Author

Copyright 2004, Geela

Author of "The American Dream"

Geela is an award winning singer/songwriter/composer, columnist, and author of the best-selling book "THE AMERICAN DREAM," her true- life story of how she came to America as a young immigrant with nothing and overcame incredible obstacles to achieve mega-success. She founded ONE SPIRIT, ONE WORLD to help children and promote a culture of peace and harmony. Get a free sample of her music and her book at


Aaron 15.03.2011. 12:15

How can I find authors who need help in getting published? I've been successful in publishing my own books on the internet and have been able to make a decent income from it.

I would like to help other authors who have written a short story/novella/novel in publishing their books online and helping them make money from doing so.

Are there any good forums where authors are looking for publishers?
I'm wanting to help others, not myself. Is making a website with this info the best way to go instead of contacting authors myself?


Admin 15.03.2011. 12:15

Oh look, a wannabe vanity publishing "agent". If you are making so much money from writing, why do you need to branch out into publishing?

I advise you to rethink. You will be publicly humiliated on any "good forums where authors are looking for publishers". But don't take my word for it.

Or I could be wrong, of course - maybe you really have discovered the secrets of successful vanity publishing. Please share the titles of your books with us, so we can all go see their sales rank on Amazon.


nicesinging1 15.08.2006. 15:13

How hard is it to be successful if you suck at academics? When I look around, people who are highly successful all come from presitigous education background. They all hold professions like MD, stockbroker, engineer and have graduated from Ivy League University.
It depresses me as I am not so good at academics. I feel like I will never amount to successes that they have and will barely make ends meet. It is very depressing to even think about that.
Is the road to success narrow for people who are not book-smart? Thanks in advance for any insights.


Admin 15.08.2006. 15:13

I was not a good student in high school and finished in the bottom 50 percent of my class. Like you, I was depressed after years of snobby students and haughty teachers made me think I would never be useful in life. I was better at college and now do very well in the business world.

I'll let you in on a little secret that you won't learn in school: Half of all success the real world is showing up for work on time. For the other half, you have to do your job. If you do those things, you will be successful. It might take a little while but you will get there.

Keep reading and think ambitiously. If you think you can do something, work at doing it. I always wanted to be a writer and one day I applied for a job as a magazine editor. Believe it or not, I got the job without having any professional writing or editorial experience. However, I worked at it and now have been published in many magazines in multiple languages. And the funny thing is that I never took English in college!

You have to want it and work for it to get it. Figure out what you want and start working for it.


Antonio 23.06.2013. 21:39

What are the benefits of becoming a freemason? How can I become a very successful one? I always been interested/fascinated by this mystical secret society. Im very tempted on becoming one myself to gain universal knowledge and wealth. Fyi: im very ambitious and money motivated.


Admin 23.06.2013. 21:39

The others have told you the truth. If money and power are your goal Freemasonry wil not be the path for you. I would suggest the Rotary as a better choice in a service/business networking club.

So you know what Freemasonry is, here is a primer:

Freemasonry is the world's oldest and largest Fraternity. While its traditions look back to earliest history, Masonry in its current form appeared when its public events were noticed by the residents of London, England in 1717. Although Masonry - particularly in its earliest days - had some elements of secrecy, the first 'exposure' of the supposedly highly-secret Masonic ritual actually appeared in 1696! Since that time, there have been tens of thousands of books published about this 'secret organization'. And for over three hundred years, despite the good works done by its members, Freemasonry has continually suffered the slings and arrows of those who seek to use it's quiet nature against it.

Freemasonry's singular purpose is to make good men better and its bonds of friendship, compassion and brotherly love have survived even the most divisive political, military and religious conflicts through the centuries. Freemasonry is neither a forum nor a place of worship. It is not a religion nor does it teach a religious philosophy. For nearly three hundred years it has attracted men of high moral character who support the tenets of temperance, fortitude, prudence and justice.

We're often asked, "What do Freemasons believe?" The answer is quite simple: essentially the same things that teachers, bus drivers, Rotarians, or anyone else believes. There is no 'requirement' that all Masons believe certain things except insofar as good behavior dictates.

Today, the more than four million Freemasons around the world come from virtually every occupation and profession. Within the Fraternity, however, all meet as equals. In fact, one of the most fascinating aspects of Freemasonry (and an obvious source of irritation for those who thrive on the seeds of discontent) has always been: how can so many men, from so many different walks of life, meet together in peace, ignoring political or religious debates, to conduct their affairs in harmony and friendship and to call each other "Brother!" It's truly a conundrum which perplexes those outside the fraternity. Laying aside petty jealousies and agreeing that issues of politics and religion are not proper for discussion within a lodge, the 'bones of contention' that so often divide are removed thereby making it possible for men of varying religious and political interests to meet on common ground.

Freemasons are taught to conform to the moral laws of society and to abide by the laws of the government under which they live. They are men of charity and good works and they engage in charitable works which have made them "the World's greatest philanthropy!" Their services to mankind represent an unparalleled example of the humanitarian commitment and concern of this unique and honorable Fraternity.


Jemstone 03.03.2008. 04:25

I have written a book and don't know how to publish it. How do I find a big publisher I can trust? I have never published anything before. I am only in high school. Everyone who has read my book says that it is worthy of an adult, but I don't know where to start. My parents have tried to talk me out of trying because they don't want me to be disappointed if it doesn't work out, but they won't even read my book. I want to send it to Scholastic or another fairly big name, but how can I be sure they'll read it?


Admin 03.03.2008. 04:25

I would add a few things to what TM said - all of which is very correct. Let me just add a few things I have learned along the way from experience. I am a novelist and successful ghostwriter. I ghostwrite for some major sports stars. For one, I have written 7 children's books. For others I have done memoirs. Most of my work is through one of the top 2 publishers in America. (one of the ones with an H in their name)

Quite simply - you can't find a big publisher on your own. The major publishers do not deal directly with authors. They only deal with the major agents. They do not accept queries from authors. If you send directly to Scholastic or one of the other "big publishers", your parents are correct. They won't even read your book. It will go into a slush room. Eventually someone will get around to sending you a form rejection. And your query will be tossed out.

The place to start is with Writers Market. READ it first. Resist the urge to go right to the listings. When you have read it and have a handle on how traditional publishing works, go through the agents listings and start searching for some seeking material in your genre. Here is a BIG secret. The listings usually list the percentage of new authors in their stable. The higher that number is - the better your chances. Look for it.

Second big secret. Start learning how to write a book proposal. There are several books out there that teach you how. A book proposal is the most important document you will ever write in the publishing industry. It is literally your sales pitch. Without a great book proposal, you will not sell a book. Your agent will take that proposal to an editor at a publishing house and try to convince them to buy your book. If they are interested, they will in turn take your proposal to the monthly acquisition committee meeting where the potential of your book will be discussed based on what you wrote in the proposal. The better your proposal - the better your chances.

If you go to my profile, you will find I star all great Q and A regarding publishing and writing. Many successful authors have posted here for the benefit of novices. Feel free to print out any that will help. Pax-C


Calamity 17.03.2008. 13:33

Why do you think the Armenian Genocide has been kept almost a secret for such a long time? Just wondering. It seems the Genocide has been kept somewhat secret for close to 100 years. Does anyone have any opinions as to why?

I learned about it in school (9th or 10th grade), but my older cousins didn't. My younger cousin (in 7th grade) is learning about it now. What's the deal with learning about it in school?
I learned it in my AP Euro history class, but i still assumed that it might have had more of a significant meaning to the teacher....


Admin 17.03.2008. 13:33

Armenian Genocide was a never a secret, how could it be a secret?

Henry Morgenthau:
American Ambassador to Turkey, 1913-1916
His book: Henry Morgenthau's story
Published: 1918

More information about him:

I need to know where did you grow up, that?s one, and two what is your nationality.

What Dr. Beemer said is true, but Diaspora of Armenians never rest in this issue, because they are mostly children of the survivors, and how could they forget the Armenian Genocide.
Diaspora always persuaded and tried its best, since Armenia was trapped under Russian rules but read the following if you are serious and take a look and the websites Dr. Beemer gave you, then you will realize which outside forces keep Armenians from bringing the Genocide issue to surface.

In the period immediately after World War I the tactic was to find scapegoats to blame for what was said to be only a security measure that had gone awry due to unscrupulous officials, Kurds, and common criminals. This was followed by an attempt to avoid the whole issue, with silence, diplomatic efforts, and political pressure used where possible. In the 1930s, for example, Turkey pressured the U.S. State Department into preventing MGM Studios from producing a film based on Franz Werfel's The Forty Days of Musa Dagh, a book that depicted aspects of the Genocide in a district located west of Antioch on the Mediterranean Sea, far from the Russian front.
In the 1960s, prompted by the worldwide commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Genocide, efforts were made to influence journalists, teachers, and public officials by telling "the other side of the story." Foreign scholars were encouraged to revise the record of genocide, presenting an account largely blaming the Armenians or, in another version, wartime conditions which claimed the lives of more Turks than Armenians. Thereafter, Turkey tried to prohibit any mention of the Genocide in a United Nations report and was successful in its pressure on the Reagan and Bush administrations in defeating Congressional resolutions that would have designated April 24 as a national day of remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. The Turkish government has also attempted to exclude any mention of the Genocide from American textbooks. Stronger efforts still have been made to prevent any discussion of the 1915 genocide being formally included in the social studies curriculum as part of Holocaust and genocide studies.
There have also been attempts by the Turkish government to disrupt academic conferences and public discussions of the Genocide. A notable example was the attempt by Turkish officials to force cancellation of a conference in Tel Aviv in 1982 if the Armenian Genocide were to be discussed, demands backed up with threats to the safety of Jews in Turkey. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council reported similar threats over plans to include references to the Armenian Genocide within the interpretive framework of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. At the same time, Turkey has sought to make an absolute distinction between the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide, defining the latter as "alleged" or "so-called." The documents we have, however, show that, in private, such labeling drops off.
Finally, in the 1980s the Turkish government supported the establishment of "institutes", whose apparent purpose was to further research on Turkish history and culture. At least one also was used to further denial of Turkish genocide and otherwise improve Turkey's image in the West.

In addition to continuing the denial efforts described in the article above, in 2003 the Turkish government hired former Congressmen to lobby on its behalf. Former Reps. Bob Livingston (R-LA) and Gerald Solomon (R-NY), who are each paid $700,000 as well as former Rep. Stephen Solarz (D-NY) who is paid $400,000, are aggressively attempting to rally Republican and Democratic opposition against official U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

The best source is the Armenia's official site of Armenian Genocide institute, ANI.


becca 12.05.2013. 05:24

How to keep a Pen name a Secret? Okay, so I'm working on a book, and I'm thinking about getting it published, the thing is, I want my book to be successful, but I don't want to be Well-known. So I want to use a pen name, With no one finding out my real name.

So I tried to look some pen names up, to see what authors still haven't released their identities, and their aren't any.

So I wanted to ask, is their anyway to keep my real name a secret from the Pen name.


Admin 12.05.2013. 05:24

A lawyer who specializes in matters related to publishing can help you with this.
Things can be arranged so the publisher never knows your real name.
Payments of royalties can be made to your lawyer,
and then remitted to you.
If you never reveal your real name to the publisher, no one should find out.

I hope you write a bunch of books that are a huge success.
Some people do that, so it's a reasonable goal.
Keep in mind though, without being discouraged,
that most authors remain unknown because nobody buys their books.

It is a much bigger challenge to get people to buy your books, lots of them,
than it is to keep people from finding out your real name.
Don't be discouraged at my warning about how hard it is to sell books.
Just focus on writing and selling the books first,
then work on staying anonymous.

Peace be with you.

EDIT: Zvi is right that publishers do not want to irritate a successful writer. If a writer wants to be anonymous, the publisher will try to cooperate. One problem, at least in the United States, concerns federal taxes and the IRS. Publishers have to report how much money they pay writers. Usually this is done with IRS Form 1099, but it can be with other forms. That form requires a social security number, and the name MUST match the social security number, so the publisher, or at least the publisher's payment department, would have to know your real name. It might get "leaked", but that is NOT likely.

Lawyers can be expensive, but if you make so much money as a writer that you are worried about being too famous, then you'll have a few thousand to waste on a lawyer. The publisher could pay the money to the lawyer and the lawyer then deal with relaying the money to the writer, with the lawyer having to handle the IRS forms. In that way the publisher could be kept from ever knowing the writer's name. Another way is to form a corporation, and have the payments go to the corporation, but that is asininely expensive and complicated.

To be honest, if you get famous by selling lots of books, publishers would like it if you show up for book signings all over the country. Writers who do that sell a lot more books.


droomy 07.08.2007. 05:31

How do you get a great deal on a foreclosure property? Are realtors the only ones that have the inside scoop? What is the big secret?


Admin 07.08.2007. 05:31

The best way is to do your homework.

Go to the local recorders office and ask for the "Lis Pendes" or subscribe to the newspaper in your town that publishes the info.

If you do not have a lot of cash, you cannot buy a foreclosed home on the courthouse steps.

The successful bidder has 24-48 hours to come up with the entire amount in certified funds.

There will be no time to run to the bank and get a loan.

Many people looking for FREE information on foreclosed homes forget this very important detail.

They subscribe to these services that announce foreclosure sales but don't have enough cash to actually buy the foreclosed property.


Aaron 09.07.2012. 17:48

What is the truth regarding the 1947 Roswell incident? If you accept the government account of this, it was a weather balloon, a story that was used to hide the fact from the Russians that a secret military device failed. The fact that the story got more murky with rumours of aliens just threw the Russians off the track even more.

It's now 65 years later. I'm pretty sure that technology is obsolete. Why wouldn't the government come out now to release whatever information they have about this story to clear the air. Instead, to this day, there still is confusion as to just what happened on that day.


Admin 09.07.2012. 17:48

The US was working on a project to use high altitude balloons to detect nuclear weapons in the USSR and one crashed. It was smart to throw up the UFO story, kept the true details hidden from the Soviets.

I believe they did come clean, but no one believes the truth after so much hoopla over the years. In 1994-1995, the Air Force published a report which concluded that Mogul Flight #4, launched from Alamogordo, New Mexico, on June 4, 1947, was what crashed near Roswell, New Mexico, and formed the source of the debris which sparked the Roswell UFO Incident.

Project Mogul (sometimes referred to as Operation Mogul) was a top secret project by the US Army Air Forces involving microphones flown on high altitude balloons, whose primary purpose was long-distance detection of sound waves generated by Soviet atomic bomb tests. The project was carried out from 1947 until early 1949. The project was moderately successful, but was very expensive and was superseded by a network of seismic detectors and air sampling for fallout which were cheaper, more reliable, and easier to deploy and operate.

For the believers: You're saying that aliens can travel the cosmos at the speed of light, but crash when they get here? And their spaceships are made of foil with decorative tape on them? Please.


jeffersondarcy 15.06.2007. 09:30

How do you get hundreds of visitors to your website per day? Do you have a website that gets hundreds or thousands of visitors per day? How do you do it. I have a website and submitted to the search engines, and I'm lucky to get 10 a day. What's the secret. Post your website if you have one that get all those visitors. You have my permission. You are not spamming.


Admin 15.06.2007. 09:30

The secret is not link building -- but creating QUALITY CONTENT that other sites would naturally want to link to you and search engines will give you great rankings for a wide variety of keywords. The site in my profile gets thousands of visitors per day, but we have been online since 1999

You can use pay per click advertising in the search engines to reach audiences looking for your products. You can use Google Adwords or Yahoo

Here are some shoestring marketing ideas that can help you get the visitors you need at the least cost possible:

1. Create the best content you can with the best products you can possibly offer. Your content is your best advertisement - if visitors love your content, then they will go back and spread the word to others.

2. Make it easy for users to recommend your site. Viral marketing is very important -- and easy to tap on the Web. But give your users the tools. Get a Recommend this Site script from websites such as and similar directories of scripts. Some even go as far as giving incentives to those who recommend the site to their friends. If only 10 people go to your site, but these 10 people invite 10 more - that's additional traffic that you get for FREE!

Recommend Site Scripts (various)
Big Nose Bird Recommend this Site
CGI Resource Index

3. Rank well in the search engines (organic search results, not the pay per click). SEs can be a big source of traffic. The key is to create the best content in your niche. If you have good content, other websites will gladly link to you and offer your site as a resource to their audience. Check the on-page factors and be sure to get linked from authority sites in your topic area.

If you are going to read only one piece on search engine optimization, I suggest you read Brett Tabke of's "Successful Site in 12 Months with Google Alone: 26 steps to 15k a day."

4. Send out press releases. While outfits charge as much as $650 per release, there are free press release submission places on the Web. Press releases allow you to (a) attract media attention; (b) get more back links to your website without sending each website an email request; and (c) get more visibility especially if your press release gets in Google News or Yahoo News.

5. Submit articles. Write articles and submit them to websites accepting author submissions. You get exposure for your business; establishes you as an authority in your field, and allows you to get backlinks for your website. If 50 websites publish your article and it contains a link back to your website, then you easily get 50 links from a single article. The more links you have, the greater your chances for increasing your search engine rankings.

Here is a comprehensive list of where to submit your articles;_ylt=AhzreGmnCUicOoyedqypscUjzKIX?qid=1006022407481

6. Post a link to your site for free where it is allowed (always read the Terms of Use). Examples are:

Google Base
Classifieds for Free
Text Link Exchange
Yahoo Classifieds
US Free Ads


T M 02.12.2007. 05:01

What are the top 10 most successful self published books? Please give your source if you can. Thanks.


Admin 02.12.2007. 05:01

There isn't a whole lot of fiction on this list. Mostly self help kind of books. Very little fiction has made the jump to success.

What Color is Your Parachute by Episcopal clergymen Richard Nelson Bolles. 22 editions, 5 million copies and 288 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Now published by Ten Speed Press.

The Beanie Baby Handbook by Lee and Sue Fox sold three million copies in two years and made #2 on the New York Time Bestseller list.

In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters. Over 25,000 copies were sold directly to consumers in its first year. Then it was sold to Warner and the publisher sold 10 million more.

Real Peace -- Richard Nixon in 1983.

The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. His manuscript made the rounds of the mainstream houses and then he decided to publish himself. He started by selling copies out of the trunk of his Honda -- over 100,000 of them. He subsequently sold out to Warner Books for $800,000. The number-one bestseller in 1996, it spent 165 weeks on The New York Times Bestseller list. Over 5.5 million copies have been sold.

The One-Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson sold over 20,000 copies locally before they sold out to William Morrow. It has now sold over 12 million copies since 1982 and is in 25 languages.

Fifty Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth spent seven months on the New York Times bestseller list and sold 4.5 million copies in its original and premium editions.

The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. (and his student E. B. White) was originally self-published for his classes at Cornell University in 1918.

A Time to Kill by John Grisham. He sold his first work out of the trunk of his car.

The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer was self-published in 1931. Today Scribners sells more than 100,000 copies each year.

How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive by John Muir sold over 2 million copies and led to the establishment of a publishing company.

Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun by Wess Roberts sold 486,000 copies before selling out to Warner Books.

Embraced by the Light by Betty J. Eadie spent 76 weeks on the New York Times Hardcover Bestseller List, 123 weeks on the Paperback List and was sold to Bantam Books for $1.5 million. The audio rights brought in another $100,000. Then she established Onjinjinkta Publishing to publish her future projects.

Sugar Busters! by four Louisiana doctors and a former CEO sold 165,000 copies regionally in just a year and a half. Then they sold out to Ballantine Books.

The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton has sold over a million copies in Canada (second only to the Bible in Canada) and two million in the US.

When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple has been through the press 42 times for 1.5 million in print. It allowed Sanda Haldeman Martz to build Paper Mâché Press.

Mary Ellen's Best of Helpful Hints by Mary Ellen Pinkham became a bestseller and then she sold out to Warner Books.

The Macintosh Bible by Arthur Naiman has become the best-selling book on Apple products with over 900,000 sold.

Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard has been in print more than 45 years, 20 million copies are in print and it has been translated into 22 languages. The book started a movement and later a church.

Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan sold 370,000 copies before it was sold to HarperCollins for $1.7 million. It was sold to two book clubs and the foreign rights were sold to 14 countries.

Feed Me, I'm Yours by Vicky Lansky sold 300,000 copies. She sold out to Bantam and they sold 8 million more.

The Encyclopedia of Associations by Frederick Ruffner led to the establishment of Gale Research Company, with 500 employees.

The Lazy Man's Way to Riches. Joe Karbo never sold out and never courted bookstores. He sold millions of his books via full-page ads in newspapers and magazines.

The Christmas Box by Rick Evans. The 87-page book took him six weeks to write. He published it and promoted it himself. It did so well he sold out to Simon & Schuster for $4.2 million. It hit the top of the Publishers Weekly bestseller list and was translated into 13 Languages.

Twelve Golden Threads by Aliske Webb was rejected by 150 publishers. After self-publishing and selling 25,000 copies, she signed a four-book contract with HarperCollins.

Life's Little Instruction Book was initially self-published by H. Jackson Brown. Then it was purchased by Rutledge Hill Press. It made the top of the New York Times Bestseller List in hardcover and soft at the same time. Over 5 million copies were sold.

The Jester Has Lost His Jingle by Barbara Salzman was turned down by eight publishers. The glossy hardcover book made it to The New York Times Bestseller list.

Let's Cook Microwave by Barbara Harris sold over 700,000 copies.

Juggling for the Complete Klutz by John Cassidy has sold over two million copies and it led to the establishment of Klutz Press with over 50 award-winning books.

Ben Dominitz published Travel Free and then founded Prima Publishing. Prima now has 1,500 titles, 140 employees and does $60 million a year.

How to Flatten Your Stomach by Jim Everrode was self-published before he sold out to Price\Stern\Sloan. Since then, the book has sold over two million copies.

The Self-Publishing Manual by Dan Poynter has 132,000 copies in print after 12 revised editions since 1979. The publisher is Para Publishing (Dan Poynter). As a result of this book, Poynter has been called "the godfather to thousands of books.

They're, Their, There - Three Different Words.

Careful or you may wind up in my next novel.

Pax - C


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