Find out why these authors chose self publishing and why….
The very first thing to do when you start thinking “Should I self-publish?” is to find out what kind of publisher you might become. This decision is critical because it will influence the decisions you make down the road about organizing your publishing business, if you start one, budgeting for your book, and the way the book will be manufactured.
With modern Print on Demand (POD) printing techniques readily available from companies like Lulu.com and Amazon’s CreateSpace, self publishing is a very real option for writers. But self publishing is about more than just printing your book. Every writer needs readers, and to ensure their books reach readers, successful self publishers follow the lead of traditional publishers – they have their covers professionally designed, use industry standard editors and make detailed marketing plans. Self publishing successfully is about grasping the business of publishing and making it work for you.
In order to help decide on your publishing path, take a look at these articles on the different ways to be a self-publisher from Publetariat
The One Stop Self Publishing Conference was a hugely successful event that ran in Dublin in 2011 giving self publishers, an overview of the areas that they should consider when deciding to self publish. Author AJ Healy, described by the Irish Independant as Ireland’s answer to JK Rowling, presented one of two keynote speeches this year. His full publishing story is well worth a read – find out morehere.
Irish Book Award nominee Benji Bennett who founded Adam’s Printing Press, toldThe One Stop Self Publishing Conferencehow he went about producing his range of beautifully illustrated picture books. Read his interview with writing.ie here.
Catherine Ryan Howard (writing.ie resident blogger at Double Spaced) has had huge success with her memoir Mousetrapped, a book that while it was praised by publishers, had such a niche market that an Irish publisher couldn’t take it on profitably. Find out how she tackled the publishing industry head on, self publishing in print and eBook here: Mousetrapped: A Year and A Bit in Orlando,·Florida
Here is the back jacket blurb that tells you a little of what the book’s about, and shows how Catherine brings her unique voice to draw the reader into her story…
Three big dreams, two Mouse Ears and one J-1 visa.·What could possibly go wrong in the happiest place on earth?
When Catherine Ryan Howard decides to swap the grey clouds of Ireland for the clear skies of the Sunshine State, she thinks all of her dreams – working in Walt Disney World, living in the United States, seeing a Space Shuttle launch – are about to come true. Ahead of her she sees weekends at the beach, mornings by the pool and an inexplicably skinnier version of herself skipping around Magic Kingdom.
But not long into her first day on Disney soil – and not long after a breakfast of Mickey-shaped pancakes – Catherine’s Disney bubble bursts and soon it seems that among Orlando’s baked highways, monotonous mall clusters and world famous theme parks, pixie dust is hard to find and hair is downright impossible to straighten.
Self Publishing is a very real and valid option for writers today – selling your work through digital and print on demand publishing makes the whole business affordable and considerably easier than it was a few years ago. But go into it with your eyes open, do your research and don’t cut corners!