Are you a new or aspiring author and you’re wondering, what is self-publishing? Have you decided on self-publishing but don’t know where to begin? Are you a traditionally published author who would like to have more creative control, so are now considering self-publishing?
Then, read on for some valuable information to help you decide if self-publishing is right for you.
To begin, let me summarize the information I gave you previously. In Issue # 1 of this blog series, I gave a brief overview of traditional publishing, assisted self-publishing and self-publishing.
In Issue # 2 I looked in more detail at assisted self-publishing, and I listed the services, or tasks that need doing, that assisted self-publishing companies can provide you the talent or services for.
Traditional publishing is signing on with a publishing house that will cover the associated costs and provide the expertise to get your book from manuscript to published work. They take on the financial risk, as well as the taking the time and resources to get your book from manuscript to published book. That is why they claim royalties and then pay the author.
*If a publisher asks you to pay for services while also asking you to sign a contract, they are not a true publishing house, and this should be a big flashing warning light.
Assisted self-publishing is when you pay a company to find or provide these services for you. You take on the financial risk, so the company should NOT charge you a print cost above the actual printer’s cost, and they should NOT claim any royalties. Also, remember, if they provide ISBNs and a domain name for you, then chances are they are listed as publisher of the book and owner of the domain name, so you should probably get these for yourself.
For true self-publishing, you take it upon yourself to do as much of the above as possible, and to find and pay for the right people to get each of the tasks done that you can’t do yourself. You again take on all the financial risk, but this time, you will have no company guiding you along the way or putting you in touch with all the right people you need to get everything done. So, if you are new at the game, you will need to be patient, willing to deal with a steep learning curve, and willing to take the necessary time to learn everything you need to learn and find the people you need to get it done.
I would also add a couple of steps along the way for self-published authors.
Steps for self-publishing your book:
DON’T PANIC if this seems like a lot.
It’s because there are so many things to do, and so much I didn’t know, that I used assisted self-publishing for my first book. But if you have a limited budget, patience, and the time to put into it, there are many options and resources available that can make the process easier, and less expensive, for you. I will tell you about some of these in future posts.
In future issues:
Please note that these are my own experiences and opinions. I am not saying my choices would be best for everyone. It is always a good idea to do your research.
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