Do's and Don'ts of Self-Publishing
The table below sets out a few tips I have put together following the self-publication of my book Into Dust and Other Strange Tales via CreateSpace and KDP. The book was published a year ago and it seems like a good time to reflect on the journey so far.
I'd love to hear from any other self-publishers out there - feel free to post comments on your own experiences, particularly if you have used a provider other than Amazon. Or perhaps you are thinking about taking the plunge yourself but have reservations?
Beneath the table you will find two short YouTube videos which are well worth a peek. The first one, produced by Amazon, is an inspiring trip to the self-publishing stand at the London Book fair. To give a balanced view, I have also included 'Seven reasons why you shouldn't self-publish' by literary agent Piers Blofeld. Again, all views welcome. I am curious to know what you think.
I'll be attending the course being run by Susan Elliot Wright and Russell Thomas in Sheffield on Saturday to answer questions about my experience self-publishing with Amazon. Hope to see you there! http://www.susanelliotwright.co.uk/p/workshops.html
17/7/2016 02:31:46 pm
Yes. Really interesting. I've been going to (always going to!) follow you down the self publishing route and watching these two clips made me realise why I haven't. I would be no good at self promotion, it's just not me. I'll sit and write for hours, days, into years, but that's where it ends.
25/7/2016 10:45:36 am
Thanks for reading as ever, Diana. Will look forward to having a proper chat with you about this at some point as there are lots of different options available these days. I don't think a vanity publisher will help you with the marketing side of things and will just take your money for something that I can help you with for free. With self pubbing you can outsource certain elements quite cheaply whilst keeping overall control yourself. The big difference is the editing and marketing help you would get with an agent and a traditional publisher. I have found a half-way house with the editing (a trusted reader of the content and also a proof reader) but am still nowhere with the marketing! Couldn't agree with you more about the second video - I felt that I should put it out there as a balanced view but I didn't agree with it.
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