Thinking About Self-Publishing

So…I’m thinking about self-publishing this book I’ve been working on for forever, and I’ve got questions for those of you who’ve done it or are researching it.

I’ve heard pros and cons of publishing through Amazon’s Createspace, namely that it’s harder to do actual signings in larger stores (like B&N). What has your experience been with that? If you don’t go use Createspace, who is your distributor? Who do you use for editing, book covers, and all that fun stuff?

I’ve noticed groups of writers getting together to promote each others’ works, edit and proof each others’ works, and so on. How do you get to be a part of such a group? And for those of you who are a part of such a group, what has your experience been? Also, how do you go about promotion? Do you hire someone else to do it for you?

Finally, is it best to have an agent? Did you get your agent before or after you self-published?

I’m starting out on a very small budget, yet I want to publish professional work. Any advice on that?

If you have any other advice, please share!

Thanks so much!

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Liz Madrid
    Jun 04, 2016 @ 18:32:09

    Congratulations on the decision to self-publish! I self-published in 2014 and love it!

    As to how get started, or advice, have you heard of Joanna Penn who has a blog called thecreativepenn.com? She has a free book that you can download on self-publishing for beginners and it’s a gold mine of information, with step by step instructions and advice.

    I use Createspace for my books because even if you use the alternative, like Ingram, it’s still difficult to get your books into places like Barnes & Noble although you could get them into small bookstores.

    Some authors do work together by supporting each other and I’ve seen groups like that on Facebook. I have other authors that help me with beta-reading just as I do for them, too, and it certainly helps cut down the cost although I still send my manuscript to be edited professionally. Marketing and book promotion are the business side of writing and a great book to read would be Write. Publish. Repeat by Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant, and David Wright.

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