The Road to Self-Publish

I have finished my manuscript.  I am ready to do it, jump right in head first, edit the heck out of it, get some great feedback, and publish it through Kindle Digital Publishing for $3.00 a pop.

I was scared at first to self-publish, but then I tried to think about the reasons why I want to self publish.  It is simply because I want to share.

What’s the point of writing the next great novel if you don’t ever share it with anyone?  It just dies, where it was left.

As a librarian, I know there are people who don’t even read.  I work in a library filled with books that some people never read, let alone ever pick up.

So why write?

To share.  I think this is critical.  I think that, for all of us, as emerging self published authors, the best thing we can do is share.

In my master’s program for library science, a concept that was thrown around, especially in terms of circulating materials, is —what is the added value?

The added value of self-publishing is that someone will read it—even if it’s just Mom or Dad or your friend who gets ahold of it.  

At least you shared it with someone.

That’s the greatest part about living in the time we do—-sharing our thoughts, feelings, stories, and exchanging them.

So, here i go.

Any advice?

I’ll take all the advice I can get on this topic.  

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4 thoughts on “The Road to Self-Publish

  1. One piece of advice I’ve been given is to not limit myself to one self-publish provider. KDP is great, but have you also considered CreateSpace and Smashwords? Both offer print and digital formats, and give the best royalty rates.

  2. Agreed. I think that it is very important to do digital publishing on multiple formats. I was impressed with Michelle Proulx’s multiple formats for her book “Imminent Danger”. She worked with Iuniverse to create the formats she did. Thanks for the advice!!! I am gonna need it. LOL

  3. Personally, I think it makes sense to at least try pitching your book to a few agents (once it’s edited and polished) before you go the self-publishing route. I just honestly believe that traditional publishing affords you so many more opportunities and it’s more likely your book will get shared with more people. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with self-publishing, it’s just that if you’re going to self-publish anyway, why not at least -try- at first the traditional route? The worst that can happen is you get turned down and then if you want, you can still self-publish.

  4. I think you right with this too. It’s good to send out my stuff and see what agents think. However, I don’t know if I want to sign on with a publisher. Sure, I sell my manuscript to a publishing company and they want to only give me $1,000 for it. With that, a few people read it. When you think about the business potential of self-publishing, especially as someone who believes in their work, this idea is much more tremendous. To make $1,000 I would have to sell about 300-400 books. Sure, that doesn’t sound like much, but when you think of friends, family, etc. — it is possible.

    I just don’t know how much I believe in the traditional route anymore….I do think they are good editors and that they can say what is good and what is bad—-but I think i could self-publish something.

    I do agree with you, it’s good to try and see what agents think. And if I don’t like the deals the agents lay out, I can simply self-publish, if the agents like it at all. eek!

    thanks for the advice!!!! ❤

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