Your Writing Career; Which Path Should You Choose? Part Three – Self Publishing.
August 20, 2012 6 Comments
Last week I talked about Indie Publishing. For a recap, click the link below.
This week I want to talk about Self-Publishing.
Out of all the paths to take for your writing career, Self-publishing has quickly become the most popular. While the debate is on whether or not there is still the stigma, and what it’s done to publishing as a while, one this is clear; self-publishing has changed the entire industry.
First, let me say this is probably the hardest path to choose. You are on your own for every step; from editing to marketing. You have to learn how to format your book, do cover art, and find reviewers. Some of this you can pay someone to do, especially editing and cover art. As a matter of fact, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you do just that, but like anything else do your research. Some editing sites are expensive, but look around. Different people charge different prices.
I consider Self-publishing the perfect choice for those writers who are control freaks, because you control every aspect, every part of the project. The bad thing is, there’s no one to tell you if or when you’re doing something wrong. You have to learn most of this on your own. If you feel overwhelmed, there are plenty of sites that you can visit that offer moral support and technical guidance. Both Smashwords and Amazon have forums for the self-published author.
PRO – No restrictions on genres to write. Complete freedom. No time-lag between finished a book and publishing it. Finish today, publish tomorrow.
CON – Everything is left up to the author to do. Editing, cover art, marketing, promotion. EVERYTHING.
Are you a Self-published author? What good/bad experiences have you heard/encountered?