Self-Publishing Empowers Authors to Express Themselves

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Raptor Press, a division of Inter-Tech Corp, is an advocate of self-publishing and has launched e-book and paperback versions of the historical fiction novel "Popsicle Man" and the international spy thriller "Van Helm" on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the worldwide distribution network of LSI/Ingram. (See ).

Dick Roemer CEO of Raptor Press announced: "We are a firm believer in self-publishing and have recently expanded our distribution channels worldwide. Our books focus on true Conspiracies, monumental in scope which would never even be considered by the large Publishing Houses who act as Mainstream gatekeepers. But there’s a new paradigm now with authors free to publish their own works and all it takes is inspiration and some effort. I encourage every author with an original work to jump in and join the new revolution in self-publishing but learn the options first."

"Early next year, we plan to release a new Historical Fiction novel about the evils of the Cancer Industry and how it is imperative that people start looking for natural therapies that actually cure cancer. This calls for a revolution against the Medical Monopoly."

To get a jumpstart in the eBook world, Amazon might be a good place to start. They make it very easy to upload your manuscript while converting it to their Kindle format. It’s advisable to first make sure it is carefully edited and to create an eye-catching cover image. Then set a price, fill out the forms, and it’s ready to be released on the Amazon website with its worldwide appeal.

A great way to get started in the search for self-publishing resources, both digital and print is to go to TIPM at their website: ( ). Mick Rooney provides objective reviews on a wide spectrum of self-publishing resources from full service publishers to do-it-yourself printing and distribution companies where you can exercise more control over your rights and royalties. Many full service publishers offer complete packages at various price levels for new writers eager to jump in but unsure where to start. These include full editing, cover graphics, print-on-demand (the industry standard) and various levels of marketing support. On the other hand, new writers may wish to learn the process and do their own editing, compose the graphics and prepare a print-ready document. With such companies as Lightning Source and Createspace, they can determine the printing costs of their book, then set the retail price, wholesale discount and determine their own royalties.

Today, self-publishing represents a major breakthrough from past censorship and tight control by the large Publishing Houses. Just consider how many millions of manuscripts over the years have been gathering dust at these elite establishments while the dreams of budding authors faded away. However in recent years, there has been a revolution in self-publishing companies and resources which represent a new era of freedom for independent writers. As well, digital publishing creates a whole new market for authors targeting those disciples of Smartphones, iPads and Tablets.    

But be aware: While creating an eBook online and printing books is quite viable for those who are talented writers, if they are serious about finding a large audience for their books, then they need to learn how to market them and that is where the real challenge comes in.

For further information on "Popsicle Man", "Van Helm" or Self-Publishing, contact: pr(at)popsicleman(dot)net.

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