Authors, Writers, Publishers, and Book Readers
Is it better to do self publishing? How did you start? Do you like it?
I do not have an agent or anything like that. So I love to write. So I looked on line to see who could help me publish my book. At the time Xlibris came up. The next time Outskirts Press came up. The author of the book has to come up with all the money to publish and market. so it can get quite pricey. The author has to do all marketing. Which again is time consuming and pricey. being self published is totally on the author herself/himself.
I love writing and meeting my readers. But trying to setup bookk signings by myself is discouraging. Being self published is hard.
I do like some aspects of it. If there are any mistakes it is all on the author just as if there are any positives it stands out for the author.
If a person is willing to work hard self publishing may work.
Either way you feel like your heart and soul are walking outside you.
I hope this helped.
Like the others, I published my first book, Christianity: Myths and Legends through AuthorHouse...I spent thousands of dollars getting published, just as did Lisa and Anna. in the end of 2012, as I was coming close to the completion of my first fantasy novel, He Walks with Dragons, I decided I didn't want to pay them thousands of dollars, so I went to my city hall and set up my own publishing company, Mystic Dragon Publishing. My books are carried by Ingrams, so my books are available everywhere...even as far away as Australia.
My expenses for a new book are about $1100...that includes my cover artist, my copy editor, my own ISBN#, and paying to have my ebook versions professionally made for me...Since I'm still unknown, most of my copies I personally sell at events I attend, but I'm hoping that changes as I come out with more books...
A good way for a self-published author to get promotions, is to find groups of other authors...Just this past Friday I had a radio interview in Canada, all because two author friends asked if I would be interested.
I prefer Outskirts Press over Xlibris.
Outskirts Press was very friendly and helpful. They answered all my questions.
My book through them turned out much better. Looked more professional.
They send out emails to promote your book. For me it was a better experience than Xlibris.
It seemed to me Xlibris wanted more and more money and did not care about my book.
Outskirts wanted my book to look good. The better it looked then I would probably come back to them and bring friends. I liked their attitude much better.
I think this is more what you wanted.
Tanya, thank you for your response, I wish you every success with your books too.
Thanks for sharing Norma how did you self publish did you go through online or physical publishing. I have no idea where to start.
Norma Padro said:
Self publishing is better for me. I needed to share my work with the world right away. I didn't want to be held back by anything. I began by publishing my photography work. Then I began writing and published that. Now I'm publishing my art work. I love it. I have published over 40 books and counting. I had a lot of work to publish and still do. I can't say that it's better than anything else, but for me it's worked just fine. One thing also is that I can publish my work the way I want to. I don't have to wait for anyone to give me the ok. I create and publish. That's all. I hope this answered your question.