Today, I’d like to focus on the writers who choose to self-publish. Far be it from me to be seen as some sort of expert on the subject, since not only I haven’t published a novel-length work. I’m only investigating options and always keep in mind that someone else may be interested. Because I know some of you may find it useful, or may have something to add or correct, I feel it’s best to provide reference to other people’s views and knowledge who are more experienced than me, and maybe even from some of you. Always keep in mind that everyone’s path to publication is different, so don’t take anyone’s opinion to heart. Research before you do anything.
*Chris leans forward, narrows an eye, and beckons you closer as if in conspiracy – If you’ve self published in the past, that means you’re an expert in the field compared to me, so please share your experiences and wisdom with the rest of us who stumble in the dark, ‘kay?*
As it turns out, self-publishing is not all about you, the writer, doing all the work and making all the decisions a publisher should make, like typesetting, formatting etc. There are companies out there who do the job for you. Whether you opt to go for that or not – that’s a totally different decision, one that’s up to you – the following questions found on Ryan Lanz’s blog might prove helpful in making the right choice when it comes to self-publishing companies.
The following is an update of a post I wrote for Joel Friedlander’s ever-helpful blog at TheBookDesigner.com.
On the path to self-publishing, your first decision will be whether to:
- Engage a self-publishing service company (SPSC) to do everything from editing to distribution. Some SPSCs are BookLocker, Mill City Press, Outskirts Press, and Dog Ear Press.
- Do it yourself (DIY) by hiring editors, designers, and other freelancers and uploading your finished, formatted cover and manuscript to POD providers such as CreateSpace and IngramSpark and ebook distributors such as KDP and Smashwords.
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