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Freelance Writing Success, Issue #009 -- self publishing
October 01, 2012

Self Publishing
Should you consider it?



Self publishing can be a scary thing. We all know we have a lot of options, but we also know that not all of them are very good. If you have done any research in this area, you have heard all the horror stories about books being out of order or not edited as was indicated, bad cover design or just plain amateur looking.

Not every business cares about our work as much as we do and that is the harsh reality of the situation. So when you’re trying to figure out the best way to get your baby to the market, you can be confused, overwhelmed and misled. Not a great position to be in, take it from me.

The fact that you might make the wrong decisions about choosing how to publish can cost a lot of time and money! Sadly, I know this from experience, I did it.

I had taken a year to write my first book that I titled Under False Pretense, and chose poorly when I picked a company to publish. I won’t get into all the ugly details, but I will say it was such a disaster, I was devastated and so upset, my stomach was in knots. I just couldn’t have my work out in the world being so beaten up. So instead of letting it all go, I made a decision to take it back.

After a lot of time and money, I took charge of the whole process and hired an amazing editor from A1 editing services and then worked with Angela and Richard Hoy at booklocker.com and released it two years later under the title

Malicious Intent A Sam Parker Mystery as you can see here.

After everything I have been through I’m hoping I can help you to avoid the mistakes I’ve made, so let’s try to sort out some of the mystery of self publishing.

I am going to try to make it easier for you and offer some information that I hope will help you have a hassle free experience. The good news is that with some help, you can find the way through the good, the bad, and the ugly of self publishing.

What exactly is self publishing? It can be complicated, and there are a couple of answers to the question and depending who you ask but for clarification, I will refer to self publishing as an umbrella topic that just means that you will be paying a company to print your book. Please understand that this is a very broad definition.

Ways you can self publish your books

Long ago, there was only one way to self publish and that was to typeset your manuscript, or have it done for you and then hire a cover designer to design the perfect cover and then hire a book printer to print a certain number of books and then store them in your garage or living room and figure out a way to sell them yourself. Simple, right?

That’s the basic idea of true self publishing and you can still do it that way today and many people do. The issue that comes up is cost. You will have to pay for all of these services and it’d not cheap.

We are talking thousands of dollars, and that’s without any guarantee that you will even sell one book, much less get your investment back or even make any money at all. That’s one of the reasons publishers are so selective, publishers don’t want that kind of risk.

What’s the answer? It’s called POD which means print on demand and it makes writer’s pretty fortunate because if you really feel you have something to share the internet has made it easy to do. The downside is that there are so many choices that it can be very confusing on what company to trust.

I would like to tell you that I have done a lot of research and what I have found are a few really good self publishing service providers that are wonderful to work with and won’t try to drain your bank account!

Should you take my word for it? NO! Please, take my recommendations with a grain of salt and do your research. What is right for me may not be right for you!

With that said I’m going to share some of my research with you, knowing that you will take my advice and check everything I say out for yourself. Right?????

I have written and self published several books and ebooks and after I discovered the hard way, how not to do it. I have spent a lot of time researching different options for taking control of the publishing process. This is what I have found.

Before you publish anything, especially a printed book, make sure you take the time and have it edited professionally. It makes such a difference.

If you are interested in the traditional method of publishing I would recommend Peter Bowerman’s book, The Well Fed Self Publisher – The Well-Fed Self-Publisher Home Page

and also

Dan Poynter’s book The Self-Publishing Manual Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book (Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print, & Sell Your Own Book)

I have read several books on traditional self publishing and these two are the best I have found.

I like POD which is print on demand publishing. What makes this a great option is that if you do it right, and not buy stuff you don’t need, you can control the costs.

My favorite options for POD self publishing are:

Booklocker – You can find them at www.booklocker.com – You can tell Angela that Maria Pease referred you, although you must know, I do not get any type of payment or compensation for my referral. I just happen to think they are the best. (Do a search on the Booklocker site with my name, you will see that they are my publishers.)

You will get all the help you need from them. There is a lot of information on the website so you can take a look first and see if they are right for you. Please do this for yourself.

Amazon – www.amazon.com – Look at the bottom of the page for the independently publish with us link. – I have to tell you that I love Amazon and am totally addicted to buying books from them, and now they have created even more good news. You have several options to self publish with them. They are:

CreateSpace – It offers: No membership or title set-up fees. Flexible royalty model puts you in control. A growing community of passionate authors, filmmakers, and musicians sharing resources and tips for success. A non-exclusive agreement keeps your future publishing and distribution options open. Free CreateSpace ISBN or UPC if you don't yet have one. Kindle Direct Publishing – KDP - It offers: • High royalty %. Publishing is free and you can earn up to 70% royalty while having the ability to set your own price. • Quick publishing. Publishing takes less than five minutes and your book usually appears on the Kindle store within a day. • Easy. A final manuscript and an Amazon account are all that you need to publish your book on Amazon.com. • Sell globally. Publish books written in English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian and specify pricing in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling, or Euros.

I’m sure there are other good options out there as well, but these are my favorites.

Again, I insist that you do your research and take a look at all the self publishing options and see what works for you.

Watch you pocketbook because when your emotion gets involved, it can really get out of hand. Think about the things you can do on your own, and then do them.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me and I will do my best to answer any questions I can. You can also visit my websites for additional information.

Do you have a self publishing story to share?

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My new book is with my editor! I will keep you posted on the publishing date! But you can still read more about my first book, Malicious Intent.


Maria Pease is a freelance writer, author and owner/publisher of www.freelance-writing-success.com and www.mariapease.com

For step by step instruction on how you can write and publish your own ebook, take a look at Writing e-books for Fun & Profit so you will see how easy it is!

Have any questions? You can feel free to contact me here.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Talk with you soon,

Maria

P.S You can view a few of my books too!

Writing Ebooks for Fun and Profit

Writing How To Information for Big Profits

Malicious Intent: A Sam Parker Mystery

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