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The Write Stuff COURTESY OF XLIBRIS PUBLISHING Coming Full Circle, a collection of poems, was published by Xlibris Publishing, an indie company. Writers who sell their book electronically also can change their book's copy any time they want, says Wilk. If, for example, they want to add a new ending, they can access the book and change it if necessary. According to Wikipedia, some other bonuses of self-publishing include: n YOUR BOOK CAN BE READY for the market in a matter of weeks, as opposed to years with a traditional publisher. This is especially important because it allows authors to stay current with trends. n "THE AUTHOR RETAINS ALL RIGHTS, including foreign-language rights, e-book rights, movie rights, and television rights." n AUTHORS EARN HIGHER ROYALTIES on their books. In fact, they receive 30 to 70 percent of the retail price compared to 5 to 25 percent for traditional published authors, who also have to pay their agent's commission. n NOT BEING BACKLISTED. If a book has inadequate sales, a publisher can backlist a book, meaning it's no longer available to purchase. This won't happen with a self-published e-book. Another bonus if the author publishes e-books is that there is a much higher profit margin on them than printed books. Ric Wasley, a prolific writer in the mystery and paranormal genre whose just 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 "I always say to my students, congratulations on writing a book. That was the easy part. From now on everything is hard," says Ric Wasley, instructor of a marketing for authors course at the Wellesley Free Library. 92

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