Self-Publishing 101

Self-publishing is not a new term. Nor is it any longer a term fraught with negative connotation. It’s simply a means to getting your work to market by doing it all yourself. DIY. Indeed. So I decided to post up a little opinion piece about self-publishing and it’s pretty simple so it’s going into the 101 category.

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I thought I would break self-publishing down into its parts. Good and bad. Let’s check out the negative side first, and get it out of the way.

What’s wrong with self-publishing?

***All the costs of editing, formatting, and cover design fall squarely on your shoulders.

***There are a lot of people in the industry that can help you but there are far more scammers and you may not know the difference. A wolf in sheep’s clothing never looked better.

***You may lose heart over the fact that your book doesn’t sell well at first.

What’s right with self-publishing?

***It’s fast-you can upload a book to Amazon and within 48 hours have it on the digital shelf.

***You get to have all the control of the book from writing to cover art. You can literally DIY a book today.

***You can keep all the MONEY. This getting 70% of the total salesof the book and now we get it monthly is just the BOMB.

And in my opinion, the best of the reasons to be self-publishing your work is this:

Sometimes NY will find you. When you’ve done the right things, and marketing has worked. Sometimes if you build it, they will come.

About master

Kim Smith is the author of Disk of Death, The Dread Room, Love Inn, and An Unexpected Performance.

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