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Launched today, this membership-based organization publishes books for ordinary people with extraordinary stories.
. is the place to learn how to write a personal bestseller. is the place to learn how to write a personal bestseller. The site offers information, inspiration, and assistance written in plain English, making it easy to understand and use.
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"Everyone does indeed have a story, as evidenced by recent statistics which show that 81% of Americans believe they have a book inside of them," said Marvin D. Cloud, founder of "The problem is, there are only a handful of major publishers and they have a limited interest in 'life stories' or novels by unproven authors," he continued. which launches today, challenges the criticism directed at untested writers who are taking advantage of recent advancements in technology that make it easier for them to get into print.  Unfortunately, these new printing methods are also often cited for why these new authors generally are not taken seriously by industry insiders. According to Cloud, who wrote the report "Dangerous Trends in the Publishing Industry," there are three major complaints concerning self-publishing - substandard design, editing and printing. 

An advocate of self-publishing, he explains, "Many authors who go this route, skimp when it comes to these processes because of the costs involved. offers an alternative which combines exceptional quality with a unique membership-based model. We absorb certain expenses by using other members who have expertise in these areas to produce our books. Feedback substantiates that members of our target market are tremendously excited and are looking forward to being a part of our community." 

Last year, nearly 10,000 new publishing companies were started, due in part to technological gains which make the entry cost lower for individuals. However, most of these are self-publishers who underestimate the total investment needed to put out a first-class book. Cloud, who is also a minister, said that he has sadly watched as many individuals' stories of courage, hope and inspiration are buried along with them at graveside services. His mission is to help others preserve a written legacy for future generations to come.

"Some people have the resources and/or talent to publish their own personal bestseller. Others may have their hearts set on receiving a contract with a major publishing house. We are looking for people who have great stories, but don't know what to do next. The response to our concept has been exceptionally encouraging," he said.

A premium membership allows for writing help, editing, ghostwriting, book design, printing and distribution through the main web site and through its network of independent associates. Cloud, a 25-year veteran of the printing and publishing industry said, "Although it may seem more prestigious to have your book sold in a store, we believe it doesn't matter where it was purchased. We are encouraging literacy while also helping individuals create an additional income stream." 

To join, members subscribe to the mybestseller book club and are automatically shipped a minimum of two books per month, written by other members. Although this reciprocal distribution plan guarantees sales, books and writers are also promoted through various online and off-line strategies, including reading clubs, writers' groups and seminars. 

Since the average cost of a professionally designed book cover and manuscript editing alone may easily exceed $1,500, the annual membership is a bargain for someone considering self-publishing. is the place to learn how to write a personal bestseller. The site offers information, inspiration, and assistance written in plain English, making it easy to understand and use. A free writer's workbook, "Get Off The Pot" helps you to stop procrastinating by walking you through the steps it takes to create a solid manuscript. Chapters are designed to motivate new writers to "get off the pot" by making a conscious and methodical decision to write their personal bestseller.

First time author Amy Gentry of Houston, Texas said, "I was directed to this site before it was officially launched. I have spent hundreds of dollars on publishing seminars and consultations in the past, but the information and help you gave me with my book, 'Wake Up Call: A Woman's Survival Guide,' was invaluable!" 

The "Get Off The Pot Ezine," is the site's free, monthly e-mail newsletter that offers the latest tips and information you need to finish the story that has been on your heart and in your head for years. Download the free workbook at

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