Thursday, March 22, 2012
Is Self-Publishing the Way to Go?
Well, for some reason, I wasn't getting any younger. Because of that, when my author friend, Austin S. Camacho, suggested self-publishing, I figured I didn't have too much to lose. I took the leap and self-published my romantic suspense, Killer Career, in print through Lightning Source and also electronically via Amazon and Smashwords.
Before the publication plateau had been reached, Austin got many panicky emails from me, but he answered my questions in good stride. I found the process heady, yet scary. I had decisions to make on cover art, back cover blurbs, book size, font size, and all kinds of other details. Also, there were the setup fees, catalog fees, software, and ISBN numbers to buy, plus hiring and paying for an editor. Still, I finished all this in much less time than it would have taken if I'd waited around for a traditional publisher.
When I released Killer Career, I still detected reservations against that route from such quarters as J.A. Konrath, and countless others.
Then somehow, miracle of miracles, the tides turned. Joe and many who'd before decided traditional publishing was the best way to go, took another look at self-publishing and decided to try it. Not only that, they made good money by doing so.
Forever Young: Blessing or Curse, toward the end of December, 2011, on Amazon and Smashwords, self-publishing had come into its own. Countless new authors were trying it, along with traditionally published ones with forgotten backlists they wanted to resurrect.
Although I owned a Kindle and used it 99.9 per cent of the time to read books, I knew there were still many other readers who still enjoyed holding actual printed books in their hands. Since CreateSpace through Amazon offered free setup for print, plus an expanded distribution network for only $25.00, and a free ISBN number, I couldn't resist their bargain. I set up my thriller through them in print, making it available online through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other venues.
Not only that, I requested and received the rights back for my two backlist books, Two Wrongs, and Girl of My Dreams, which before had been published through a small publisher and were languishing in limbo. I put them up on Amazon and Smashwords, the result being they received second life.
My heading asks the question: Is Self-Publishing the Way to Go? For me it is, but it may not be for everybody. What about you?
Excerpts & buy links for her four books are at: MorgansBookLinks.Blogspot.com/