Does the thought of self-publishing scare you? Do you think self-publishing your book will limit its market appeal or reduce your credibility as a writer? If you do, you are wrong and you should not be scared of getting your hands dirty. Plus, I have done all the research for you.
Self-publishing is widely used and a perfectly acceptable way to get your book in front of readers. You can spend months of time and lots of dollars putting together proposals and mailing them or you can self-publish. Either method works if you have written a good book, but self-publishing offers more control over your book and where it will end up in the grand scheme of things.
Jane Friedman offers a great infographic on routes to publication. She breaks self-publishing down even more and talk about assisted self-publishing and “DIY” self-publishing. Her website is a treasure trove of information for writers seeking publication whether traditional or non-traditional.
Another great resource is this post, Self-publishing a book: 25 things you need to know, which is a guide in itself. The author covers a lot of the gaps many self-publishing guides miss including getting your own ISBN, marketing insights and where to self-publish. It is a great reference post for getting the ball rolling on publishing your book.
Eventually you have to decide between digital publishing, print publishing or both. There are many reasons to do either or both. Print opens up new revenue streams and allows for your book to find its way to places such as libraries or local book clubs. Digital provides your book with access to the vastness of the internet and the places books are shared or found there. I think both are necessary, but printing books costs money and you will have to decide for yourself if you can afford to print every book you write.
Here are some places to look that can help you decide if you want to go print, digital or both:
The biggest decision, once you decide what form of publishing to go with, is where to get your book published. There is no shortage of publishers offering both digital and print self-publishing solutions. Picking one can be a daunting task and sometimes trying to decide who to use can discourage writers from pursuing self-publishing.
I have put together a list a places to publish your book that covers any form of self-publishing you could imagine. I am sure you will find a solution in this list of links:
Did I miss something? Is there some part of self-publishing you would like to learn more about or a method I did not cover? Let me know in the comments so we can all become better writers- together.