WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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K E R I LY M A N writer if you're an area writer hoping to publish a book, one thing is undeniable: the publishing world has changed dramatically over the past few years. Big publishing houses used to control the market. However, according to Publishers Weekly, as of 2009, 76 percent of all books released were self-published by writers, and that number has been and is increasing exponentially each year. As a result, the number of large publishing companies, such as HarperCollins, is shrinking. So what does it mean to self-publish a book? That depends on whom you ask. In the strictest sense, it's defined as the author overseeing the entire book publication process, from layout and printing, to marketing and distribution. However, many writers use the services of self-publishing or indie companies that help put a book together and sell it – but at a cost to the author. Large, traditional publishers, on the other hand, usually cover all the costs of producing the book and often give the author an up-front advance. Still, it should be noted that more and more of them are now putting the burden of marketing directly on the writer. No matter how you define it, self-publishing means that more writers will have the chance to be published authors than ever before. "It's becoming tougher and tougher for good publishers to do for authors what authors cannot already do

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