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Self-Publishing is so Hairy Nowadays

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The "harriest chapter in the book," or Chapter 13 of Kawasaki and Welch's APE, actually did seem pretty hairy (harry?) to me.

And I had to look up exactly what "hairy" meant here. And it wasn't an abundance of hair.
It apparently means "alarming and difficult."

This makes sense! I mean self-publishing, like we've repeatedly been told is in many ways a GREAT thing. But it is particularly quite hairy because there are so many ways to do it--and deciding which one to use is especially alarming and sometimes difficult for beginners in the world of self-publishing.

Not As Easy As It Seems...

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The reading pretty much describes writing a book as the easy part, publishing the book as the real challenge. There is so much more that goes into getting the book out to the audience than people think. In the "harriest chapter" of APE, the list of steps for publishing a book is extremely overwhelming- especially to someone who wants to publish a book. As a writer, I would like to think that the book process is all creativity and putting your thoughts onto paper, but all of the technology involved is enough to frustrate anyone. This being said, I think my advice (even though I have never published a book) is to be patient and know that you took all the time to write your book and create a story that it will be worth the time to do the technical stuff to get your idea out to the world.

The struggles after you write a book

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These chapters covered very difficult nuts and bolts information. As a writer I like to think that once I write something that will be the end of the hard stuff. Yet, these chapters very much pointed out that the hard stuff is just getting started. There is just so much to the publishing world that it seems impossible to publish anything all by yourself, but it is possible if you are willing to work hard at it.

Preparing a Book

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"What's hard about preparing a book for distribution to a wider audience along all the channels they describe in Chapter 12?"
Barrier to entry may be low, but creating a book that looks professional and is indistinguishable from a book published by a "real" publishing house is very difficult and requires a minimum investment of a few thousand dollars. It's hard to get everything just right (if you're a novice at book formatting, Microsoft Word will become your worst enemy). And once you've finally received that final proof, you feel it could be slightly better.
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Publishing for Uncivilized Apes

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I have enjoyed reading from the APE book the most out of all of the books for class we have read so far and I highly recommend it to anyone looking toward publishing any of their work. Out of all thirteen chapters we were assigned to read this weekend, I enjoyed Chapter 8 the most because it talked a lot about editing and copyediting.

This is something I am really interested in right now as a potential career. For class, I am taking an actual book published by Parlor Press, and am converting it into an ebook. This is work I have never done before, but I really LOVE it.
Writers Without Borders ebook

The Creative Clouds - Weekly Log 3/6

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This week the Atlas team continued to make progress on the collaborative project. I was able to show the team the Atlas interface and how to create a new file, and this helped everyone get a better sense of what the program really does.

The design team has conducted some research on the Atlas application that will be included in our case study. Now, they're focusing their attention on the Atlas interface and working with CSS style sheets and HTML coding so that we can create a well-designed book.

We've decided to meet outside of class again right after Spring Break so that we can check in on our progress.

Nick's @ Nine - Weekly Log 3/6

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This week the Atlas team continued to make progress on the collaborative project. I was able to show the team the Atlas interface and how to create a new file, and this helped everyone get a better sense of what the program really does.

The content team is still focusing on conducting interviews with Clemson faculty and staff who are involved with Writing Across the Curriculum. They will also be curating content from several sources provided by Dr. Blakesley for pieces that we can include in our final book.

We've decided to meet outside of class again right after Spring Break so that we can check in on our progress.

If I can do it, you can too!

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Wow. APE is one of the most helpful books I’ve ever read. Chapter 13 is especially helpful with all of the book publishing things we’re doing in class now! The authors of this book probably called Chapter 13 the “hairiest in the book” because there is so much to process and get through! This chapter holds a ton of information about the converting process, and there are lots of things to comb through (pun intended). One of the things that is hard about preparing a book for distribution to a wider audience like they talk about in chapter 12 is that you’re going to have to format the file for all of those channels. This takes a lot of time, money, and knowledge about the publishing and converting process for files.

Doom, Gloom, and the Creative Tomb

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Society is a roiling mass of development whether that be in terms of fashion, technology, religious practices , or many more. Our world is a rapid-fire secession of innovation. In this kind of culture, where an idea quickly blossoms into a way of life, there are the leaders and there are the followers. So what makes a trendsetter? How does somebody become the triumphant frontrunner of a new fad or way of life? Austin Kleon’s book Show Your Work raised that question for me when he stated that, “ we all carry around the weird and wonderful things we’ve come across while doing our work, and living our lives. These mental scrapbooks form our tastes, and our tastes influence our work” (75).

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