Self-Publishers Unite!

As a published author determined to self-publish all future works, I always find it fascinating to read about others’ adventures in the self-publishing world. More people are doing it these days with the help of digital processing, but that doesn’t mean it’s a new trend. Many “established” authors self-published, such as Virginia Woolf.

Where do I begin?

Jumping into the self-publishing realm is not for the faint of heart. In fact, I would do a subsidy/vanity publisher first, just to get your feet wet. Something like Lulu would be a nice start as well, because they walk you through the process.

Once you’re certain you want to self-publish, subscribe to Publetariat. This is a blog peopled by a collection of self-publishers who write about everything, from hand selling your work to finding a good copy editor. They discuss the highs and lows, and provide resources to learn more about self publishing.

Then I would hop over to Dan Poynter’s website, which is chock full of free online resources for publishers.

Start watching Self-Publishing Review to get an idea of the quality people are looking for in terms of good self-published fare.

Listen to The Creative Pen podcasts on “writing, publishing options, internet sales and promotion – for your book.”

Most importantly, keep writing! If you don’t have anything to sell, what’s the point?

How are your projects going?

Have you decided if you want to self-publish, subsidy publish, or go the traditional route? Now that I’ve returned to the blogosphere, what would you like to see me write about?

14 thoughts on “Self-Publishers Unite!

    1. Shameless plug away, my lady, I've just started following your blog myself!

      Unplugging. Why is it one of the most difficult things to do in the world?! I'm right there with you.

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    1. Shameless plug away, my lady, I’ve just started following your blog myself!

      Unplugging. Why is it one of the most difficult things to do in the world?! I’m right there with you.

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  1. I’m hitting every market that accepts my work (or that I accept *g*). There are pros and cons to self-, traditional, and e-publishing, and I don’t think it’s an either/or situation. I just released a history magazine with a serialized short story to whet appetites for my writing and am working on an AA historical romance novella and a full-length historical romance. As for your blogging, I’d like to see a writing+going indie journal. I’d do one, but I realized that I hate to blog about myself, lol.

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    1. So true. I’m trying to hit the e- and self-publishing markets this time. I’ve also just released the eBook format of my first book, Catching the Rose. I can’t believe it’s been seven years already…

      I love the idea of doing a writing+going indie journal. I’m used to blogging about myself because I’ve had a personal LiveJournal since 2001 (can you believe that?!). I’ll give it a try!

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  2. I’m hitting every market that accepts my work (or that I accept *g*). There are pros and cons to self-, traditional, and e-publishing, and I don’t think it’s an either/or situation. I just released a history magazine with a serialized short story to whet appetites for my writing and am working on an AA historical romance novella and a full-length historical romance. As for your blogging, I’d like to see a writing+going indie journal. I’d do one, but I realized that I hate to blog about myself, lol.

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    1. So true. I'm trying to hit the e- and self-publishing markets this time. I've also just released the eBook format of my first book, Catching the Rose. I can't believe it's been seven years already…

      I love the idea of doing a writing+going indie journal. I'm used to blogging about myself because I've had a personal LiveJournal since 2001 (can you believe that?!). I'll give it a try!

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  3. Belinda, there is also the Association of Independent Authors, which I joined last month. They're a professional lot, the organizers and the writer members, and one thing that really struck me was the tone in the forums – it's professional and respectful with none of the usual stuff you see out there (and I confess to being responsible for some of it with my propensisty for sarcasm). They've also been really helpful to me as a budding author with information on how to avoid wasting money on rip-offs. Better still, the organizers are not trying to flog their own books on self-publishing, which I discovered with a similar mob. So far, so good.

    Tom

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    1. Tom, thank you for reminding me! I had them bookmarked, but with all my other bookmarks it got lost in the dross. I'll be sure to check them out.

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  4. Belinda, there is also the Association of Independent Authors, which I joined last month. They’re a professional lot, the organizers and the writer members, and one thing that really struck me was the tone in the forums – it’s professional and respectful with none of the usual stuff you see out there (and I confess to being responsible for some of it with my propensisty for sarcasm). They’ve also been really helpful to me as a budding author with information on how to avoid wasting money on rip-offs. Better still, the organizers are not trying to flog their own books on self-publishing, which I discovered with a similar mob. So far, so good.

    Tom

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    1. Tom, thank you for reminding me! I had them bookmarked, but with all my other bookmarks it got lost in the dross. I’ll be sure to check them out.

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