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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The Write Stuff where she completed a creative writing degree when she was in her 40s. At Wellesley Books, owner Gillian Kohli tries to support local self-published authors. The independent book store has a consignment sales area and helps self-published writers with launch parties and other events. While Kohli admits that most of these books sell only a few copies, she points to some successes, such as Wellesley Wives by area author Suzy Duffy, which has sold more than 250 books at the store. Urban also has had success at Wellesley Books. Basically, you can spend anywhere between $100 to $10,000 or more, with most falling some place in the middle, says Wasley. It depends on how much time and energy you want to invest. Much of the most expensive part, marketing, can be done on the Internet on social networking sites, websites, blogs, and e-mail blasts. The important thing to remember, according to CNET's David Carnoy, in his article entitled "Self-publishing a book: 25 things you need to know," is that the average print self-published book sells about 100 to 150 copies, with niche books doing much better than novels. So self-publishing needs to be a We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 labor of love. Haylon, who is well into his second book, has the right attitude for a self-published writer. He says, "I have no idea if my book will be successful from a bookselling standpoint, but writing it is an awful lot of fun." 96

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