Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Thinking about Self-Publishing?

Maybe you should read this first.

Hat tip to Mike McGruff.

2 comments:

  1. A whole lot depends on what you're planning to do. I've gone the self-publishing route twice and the POD once and am none the worse for wear. But I just wanted to have my stories available.

    A couple of things if somebody wants to go this route that are helpful: Don't buy the line "why let the publishers get the profits?" The publisher's going to get the profits one way or another--traditionally by chopping the percentage of the royalties to the author, or as with most self-publishing/vanity houses by just taking it off the top.

    Also, don't plan to get rich self-publishing. When I started all the houses were touting Richard Paul Evans and The Christmas Box. That's a once-in-a-million chance that probably won't happen to you--unless you're really, really good (which I'm not).

    Keep the printing down--my first runs on both the original stories was only 500 books. I've sold enough of both to make back my outlay, but not much more. Which means I still have between 300 and 400 of both titles (anybody want to buy a book? I can make you a great deal if you want to buy both).

    Bottom line. If you want to make it as a writer, don't self-publish. It's a good avenue if you want to have a nice package to give stories to your family and friends. But if you really want it to work, find an agent, a distributor, and a reputable publishing house to sell your book. Then remember, you (as the author) still have to do the lion's share of the marketing.

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  2. Sound advice. Henry David Thoreau said something like this: "I have a library of a thousand books, nine hundred of which I wrote myself."

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