To self-publish or not to self-publish?
Purists have traditionally turned turned their noses up at self-publishing, mostly seen as a route for those who cannot get published the traditional way. While there is some truth to this (think of all the badly edited, badly plotted books out there) Karen McQuestion has forged a new path. She wrote and published 5 books over seven years on Amazon’s Kindle. Purely word of mouth drove her books. Now one of her books has been optioned for a film. Not bad for a self-published author. She credits her success to Kindle Boards and Amazon’s message boards. I guess what it comes down to is name recognition – in other words – networking. She visits, and leaves comments on heavily visited websites, blogs and message boards.
J. A. Konrath, that other guru to self publishing, has generously put together a free publishing guide for us newbies. Click to here download his pdf file.
So what does Konrath have to say about self-publishing? He still recommends you go with an established literary agent – till you can figure out what you’re doing. Again from Konrath‘s website: “Then again, if your goal is to simply have your book available, and to maybe make a few bucks, then visit Smashwords.com. You can upload your ebooks for free, set your own price, and they’ll upload them to Amazon, B&N, Sony, Apple, etc. I recommend keeping your price under $3. I also recommend using pros to do the art and formatting. Expect to pay a few hundred dollars for cover art, a few hundred for ebook formatting, and a few hundred for print formatting.”