Happy 1st Wednesday in October. It’s Insecure Writers Support Group Day. A big THANKS to Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh for starting this group and keeping it going. And thanks to this month's awesome hosts Kristin Smith, Elsie, Suzanne Furness, and Fundy Blue! Some of us are doing something different today. We’re submitting our posts to be used in an anthology, The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond. Here’s my article.
Three years ago, a friend suggested I self-publish an out-of-print book to which I’d regained my rights. I had nothing to lose. The book had already been professionally edited. It needed a little updating and a new cover. Eight years after my last payment from my publisher, Switched began earning money again. So I thought, why not do it again? I’ll be self-publishing my sixth novel this month. The best part? Instead of a publisher keeping sixty to seventy percent of the proceeds, I get to keep that percentage.
Self-publishing is not easy or cheap. You need an eye-catching cover. Your manuscript must be formatted properly and professionally edited. You can almost everything yourself. If you have artistic talent, you can design your own cover. I don’t, so I hire that out. Formatting your manuscript can be difficult. If you have more money than time, you can hire that out, too. I have more time and I’m a DIY girl from youth, so I did it myself. One area a writer cannot do successfully is edit his/her own work. It’s worth the money to have it professionally edited.
Once your manuscript has been edited, formatted properly, and you have a cover, you’re ready to upload the manuscript to a self-publishing venue. Read all the directions first. Then follow them. Step by Step. Once your book is loaded and you receive notice that it’s up for sale, celebrate. Enjoy the fact that you controlled every step of the journey.
These days writers have options. Explore all of them. Self-publishing isn’t for everyone. Do what you think is best for your career. And good luck.
This is my entry for the IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond. I give permission for this entry to be included in the anthology. Here's my bio:
Diane Burton writes science fiction romance and romantic suspense and blogs at http://dianeburton.blogspot.com/
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