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Who wins in a fight – Publishers vs. Authors?

This is always a hot topic in the self publishing community.

Who is better?

Publishers – those who outsource their book writing to ghostwriters and simply handle the marketing process

Or

Authors – those who write their own books on top of doing everything else

Now we could have a 4 hour long debate about the creative process.

If the former are unethical, or exploitative.

If the latter are dreamers, or stubborn.

And so on, and so forth.

Having been both (some of you may not know that I’ve written more than 10 books myself, with another 40+ outsourced) – I can offer a unique insight into the debate

Here’s my perspective on the situation.

It’s one which can be summed up by a quote from Gary Halbert, a hero of mine and one of the OG self publishers (pre-Amazon age when everything was 10X harder)

“Don’t write for applause – write for money!”

Is it possible to have both? Sure

I do in fact receive the odd email thanking me for my books from time to time.

And those are always appreciated.

But you know what I appreciate more?

The paycheck I receive from Amazon every single month.

The paycheck which gives me the freedom to travel while building my business.

Most importantly – the paycheck which gives me the ability to serve only one master – myself

For me at least – that’s what it’s all about.

Whether you feel the same, well that’s up to you and your goals.

But if you’re like me, and the idea of a healthy paycheck every month appeals to you.

Then check out my course here http://doubleyourkindlesales.com

Oliver

P.S. This post wasn’t meant to disparage either self publishers or authors, more to just offer some perspective on the situation from someone who’s been on both sides of the coin

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