Most writers hate this question. They reject the very idea of self-publishing because they think it is the final sign that they have abandoned their dream of becoming a published author. I’d like to suggest that rather than surrendering your literary ambitions, deciding to self-publish is increasingly becoming an artistic choice...read the rest of this excellent and encouraging article on self-publishing by Writers & Artists' Alison Baverstock by clicking here.
I'm moving more and more to the idea that self-publishing is the wave of publishing's future. Good books - whether self-published or traditionally published - will rise to the surface and, by the same token, bad books will sink like a stone. It's up to the author to write the best book possible, get it published (even if that means self-publishing) and leave the rest to destiny.
Interesting post, Judes, I never knew that Jane Austen self-published her first book. Just goes to show!
I agree that a good book will shine, no matter how it is published. I do believe however that one needs to dedicate the time to market your book, so people know it's there.
Hmmmmm. Interesting. My problem, if it is one, is that I can't afford to self-publish! :O
CLAIRE: Yes, good books should be marketed, although bad books will clearly also be markete. Destiny's influence comes after the marketing, I think :):)
BISH: Think of looking at Amazon's Kindle's DTP programme (Claire wrote an excellent article on it on the South African Romance Writer's blog). It's a cost free route to self-publishing.
MARILYN: I'm sure that, even as an already traditionally published author, you'll find Alison's article interesting, especially the snippet about Jane Austen :):)
So are you considering self-publishing?
ANITA: Seriously considering it as an option.
Self-publishing and publishing via e-books are becoming more and more popular. Even some known names are turning to self-publishing. If you talk to authors who've taken that route, they'll tell you it's a huge learning curve. And you still have to promote like crazy and make sure you have an excellent product and a great book cover. If any part of the book looks amateurish or "self" pubbed, readers tend to pass it by unless they already know you.
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Stopped by again to say "hi." (I linked over from your comment.)
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