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This has to be one of the best things I've ever seen written about the real experience. So many authors are seduced by what they believe the experience to be, and get blinded to what it really is.

I still believe, by-and-large, that POD beats traditional publishing, especially for a new author, but I love that you're unwilling to sell them a lie about why that is.

I often tell writers that if a person really isn't committed to working to make a book successful (and that means hiring the people needed--editor, copy editor, proofreader, cover designer, etc.[or an author services firm like WME!] --to give it the best chance of being successful) he should consider getting copies spiral bound at Kinkos, instead. Those are certainly good enough to pass around to friends and family, and the cost and stress factors are greatly reduced.

That WME does more than get a book in print is admirable; Would that there were more of you to go around! ;>

Great blog, btw... didn't want to forget to add that! :)

Great article, as usual!

There is no free lunch and there are pitfalls in many POD deals. An author has to spend a lot of time learning the ropes of book design and book marketing or he needs to hire an author services company.

Keep up the good work! Your site is getting better all the time!

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