Self-Publishing Made Easy
Hello, spunky readers, and thank you, L. Diane, for this opportunity to guest post. My intro’s at the end. For now, I hope this serves to inform and encourage.
The only viable reason not to, is that you’ve an already established, cooperative relationship with a publisher.
Money presents a semi-viable second reason. Traditional pub houses generally have the dollars that we don’t to design amazing covers and trailers, and to get our books into readers’ sight. But there’s no guarantee. After all, traditional publishers are folding by the second. Those still thriving are rejecting submissions at an even quicker rate. Book stores, too, are dramatically reducing the number of books they carry.
So why not self-publish? Are you holding out for an ego-stroking acceptance letter? Why? What does a publisher (or agent, for that matter) know about quality writing? JK Rowling’s original Harry Potter was rejected 12 times; Dr. Seuss received 27 rejections; Canfield and Hansen’s Chicken Soup for the Soul, 140; Jack London received 600 rejections; and CS Lewis, over 800!
Advantages to Self-Publishing
- You have full control over your book – title, genre, editing, etc.
- You get approx 70% of sales vs. approx 15%.
- Patience. Immediate gratification is forthcoming, whereas traditional publishers impose 18 month lag-times.
How to Self-Publish
Know that my tech skills moved me to a T-Mobile rep for in-person lessons on sending text messages. Years later, I still mistakenly send scores of blank messages. Yet I’m telling you that self-publishing is easy!
You’ve thousands of options for a publisher. I’ve one recommendation: Amazon’s Createspace.com. It’s free and has a 24/7 helpline. Plus your book will automatically be displayed on Amazon, the number- one site for readers seeking books on-line. Amazon takes you through the processes for Kindle Direct Publication and paperback publication.
- Editing. Get it edited, and edited by someone you’re not sleeping with. (EL James’ Editor is her husband. He’s a good writer too. I’ll say no more here.)
- Formatting is tricky, or can be. For those like me, you might want help. If you pay for this, you shouldn’t pay more than about $40, unless it’s really long or fraught with errors.
That’s all I wanted to say. So just do it: publish your book, your way, yourself. Self-publish!
Just the Right Time, in partnership with Blogger-Artist Robin Mead. Less than two months after I proposed the idea to Robin, we were published. Proudly so.
PS I’m Robyn Alana Engel at Life by Chocolate Have a good one!
Thank you, Robyn!
Special photo today! While doing a book signing at Quartermoon Books and Gifts, I met Isabel from Tween 2 Teen Books. She purchased Book I of my series and after reading it will be giving it away for her upcoming one year blog anniversary. Thank you, Isabel - and congrats!