Self-publishing has changed over the years. It is no longer a matter of having desktop publishing software and a printer. Instead, a whole new world of publishing has opened up. One where it is possible to write a book and get it published without it being accepted through a major publishing company. It is not only the want-to-be amateur authors that are using self-publishing companies. Well known authors are also self-publishing.
Why go this route? Probably as many reasons as there are writers. For me, it was easy. I did not want to spend the time submitting a manuscript to a well-known publisher. The chances of an unknown author being accepted immediately is almost zero. I also wanted control over every aspect of my book, from the cover to the ending page, the size of the book, and the ability to choose the number of books I had printed and the cost.
When I published my first book, the print-on-demand and eBook options were not readily available as they are today. I choose a publisher that had a low minimum order and did pre-sales before I committed to having my book printed. With my second edition, I choose a different type of self-publishing company, that of a print-on-demand and eBook. The difference is that you do not have to commit to buying a certain number of books or handle your own sales. The publishing company handles the whole process for you. I picked Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing for Spirit and Heart Words to Encourage and Inspire.
Google self-publishers or self-publishing. There is a wealthy of information out there. Learn about the different types of publishers, the costs, and what you are willing to do. It will take commitment and time, a lot of time!
Next week, I’ll talk a little about going through hoops to reach my goal of actually finishing my book.
Below: working title for my new book!
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