Is Independent Publishing for You?
Self publishing can be the best way to see your work in print and
reach those who need to read what you have written. It can also be
the worst way of achieving your goals. As a judge for the Writer's
Digest Self Published Book Awards I have seen a handful of excellent
books that fit into the first category and a depressing number that
fit into the latter.
Several options are available for authors who want to consider
alternative forms of publishing: self-publishing (either in print,
electronically, or both), print on demand, and e publishing. Understanding
the benefits and drawbacks of each can help you make an intelligent
decision about which of these options might be a good fit for you—or
whether independent publishing is a route you want to take at all.
Addressing the following list of questions can help you decide
if independent publishing, whether in print or electronically,
is a route you want to take to make your manuscript available to
For more information about self-publishing visit my self-publishing pages.
- What is your motivation and purpose for publishing your book?
- Is your book written for a specific market niche or group
- Do you have a way to sell books direct?
- Who will buy this book?
- Is it your intention to make money on this book or to simply
get you work published?
|I'm currently working on a companion to You Can Market Your
Book with the working title You Can Self Publish Your Book.
This book is scheduled for release in 2004 but I'd love to
hear from you now.
Have you self published one or more books? Was it a good
experience or a disaster? Would you do it again? Why did
you self publish versus going a more traditional route?
What was the most difficult part? If you'd like to be part
of my new book please send
me an email and I'll send you a questionnaire. If you
know other self published authors please feel free to share
my call for stories.
For more information about self publishing visit my Amazon
bookstore and look for these and other helpful books.
The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing
by Tom and Marilyn Ross
The Self-Publishing Manual by Dan Poynter
Smart Self-Publishing by Linda and Jim Salisbury
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