Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Self Publishing

Self publishing a book can be a great thing, especially if you are publishing it just for your own pleasure, or if you just want to have your own creation, or if you think this might be the only way to get published. In the coming weeks, I'll be blogging a bit about self-publishing. There are some things that you should know right off the bat.

1. There are plenty of people out there who make money helping people self-publish their books, and not all of those people are honest and above-board.

2. Self publishing is not a good writing credit. When a literary agent or publisher looks at your sales history, they won't be impressed by "published my own novel", regardless of how well you think sales were.

3. Self publishing can be (though it doesn't have to be) a time consuming and expensive enterprise. Part of this has to do with point one. Part of it doesn't.

4. Most self published books don't make much money. If that is why you are self publishing, think about it some more.

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