Self-publishing, as defined by Wikipedia is "the publication of any book or other media by the author of the work, without the involvement of an established third-party publisher. It is generally done at the expense of the author. Vanity presses cater exclusively to this market niche, but authors may prefer to hire a printer directly, or use an e-book format."
Because there has been such a tremendous rise in Self-Publishing, I would really like to start a dialog about multiple aspects of the Self-Publishing journey.
Some potential Self-Publishing discussion topics are:
1. When is self-publishing right for you and your book?
2. What are the traps, scams & pitfalls to avoid?
3. Useful tips, hints and recommended companies & professionals?
4. Should you have a literary agent?
5. How much time should you put into promoting & publicising your book & when?
6. What kinds of expenses should you be saving up for?
7. How much time should you REALLY put into promoting your book?
8. Is it advisable to hire a professional to edit your work before you publish it?
9. Do you need a publicist?
10. How do you market your book to as many readers as possible?
11. Do you research your target audience (reader’s age, gender, etc.) before you finish the final draft of your book and make changes to better appeal to said target audience?
12. Should you start talking about your book, blogging about it, etc. --- BEFORE you have it published?
13. What are the benefits of having your book available in multiple eBook formats as well as or instead of in print?
14. How will you sell your books?
These are just a few ideas to get us started; please add your own questions & topics and feel free to comment and debate in a civilized manner. We all have different points of view and different perspectives on things, so let’s not allow any difference of opinion ruin this valuable dialog.
It would be wonderful if upcoming and brand-new, self-published authors, could benefit from your experience and your wisdom; lets help everyone make more informed decision, from the beginning of their self-publishing journey.
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