For YEARS, I have been warning authors to NOT let their publishers “host” their websites. The reason being is that, if that publisher goes out of business, you could lose your entire website with one click of a button. Dog Ear Publishing hosted websites for authors and, when they went out of business, you know what happened to the websites their authors had spent years building. Poof! All gone! I received yet another complaint from a Dog Ear victim last week.
Today, I learned of something far more threatening…but not toward authors. This targets independent writers and journalists. Facebook is going to launch a “newsletter product” for those folks.
Based on the numerous articles posted online about it, all quoting “anonymous sources,” Facebook will host your “monetized” newsletter AND your website! Wow! What a great deal, huh? Or NOT!
You can bet that the minute you post something that Facebook (or any of your readers for that matter) doesn’t like, you’re going to lose your account with them. All of the weeks, or months, or YEARS you spent adding content to your Facebook platform will, poof, be GONE!
Why in the world would any real writer/journalist trust a big-tech company like Facebook to host their newsletter and website. They wouldn’t!
Don’t do it. While “monetized” might sound tempting, it’s doubtful you would make more than a few cents per month on the ads Facebook might sell around your content. You’d fair far better promoting your services on a website that YOU own, with YOUR OWN URL. And, nobody can take that away from you.
Never, ever, ever give ownership or control of your website or newsletter to anyone else. Period.
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- How to Instantly Lose Your Entire Website? Buy Website Design/Hosting Services from a Crappy Publisher!
- Yes, You DO Need Your OWN Website That YOU Control!
- BOOK MARKETING ESERIAL PART 2 – Before Day 1: You MUST Have a Website that YOU Control
- Who REALLY Controls That ISBN You Bought? Probably Not You! By Angela Hoy
Got questions about Print On Demand and Self-publishing? Ask Angela Hoy.
About The Author
Angela Hoy is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, the author of 19 books, and the co-owner of BookLocker.com (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), PubPreppers.com (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).
Angela lives on a 52' Irwin Center Cockpit Ketch (sailboat) with her family and pets. Keep up with her family's adventurous liveaboard lifestyle at GotNoTanLines.com
WritersWeekly.com - the free marketing ezine for writers, which features new paying markets and freelance job listings every Wednesday.
BookLocker.com - According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is: "As close to perfection as you're going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I've ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and have put together a package that is the best in the business. You can't go wrong here. Plus, they're selective and won't publish any manuscript just because it's accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors' books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know."
Abuzz Press offers FAST and FREE book publication, but only accepts a small percentage of submissions, and only works with U.S. authors.
PubPreppers.com - "We Prep, You Publish!" Print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish. Offers formatting and design services only, and then provides simple instructions for authors on where to sign up to have the print and ebook editions printed/listed/sold. Cut out the middle man. Keep 100% of what bookstores pay for your book!
Angela's POD Secrets Revealed Series can be found HERE.
Have a POD Book with another publisher? See if BookLocker can give you a better deal. (BookLocker offers "disgruntled author discounts" to those who want to move from other POD services.)
See BookLocker's publishing packages HERE.
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Angela is the creator of the Original 24-Hour Short Story Contest!
Read More Of Angela's Articles HERE
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