While Self-Publishing is now easier, faster and more economical than ever it's ALSO more hazardous for writers than ever before.
Until a few years ago there were only two options to get your work in print.
- Endless submissions to mainstream publishers.
- Fork over big bucks ($10-20,000) to have a few thousand copies printed, bound and shipped to your garage.
This digital age changed all that.
But all the changes are not necessarily for the better.
The good news is that we now have more options.
The bad news is that we now have more options.
More options means more freedom but it also means more ways to lose big money, waste lots of time, lose control of our work and still wind up broke.
In short, it's now faster and easier get RIPPED OFF!
Let's face it. The objective of having our book in print is not a garage full of dusty books or a webpage that no one ever buys a book from.
What's the point of that?
While many frustrated writers are flocking to self-publishing there are some things you should know before you take that leap.
This page covers "the Advantages and Disadvantages of self-publishing". Although I'm a firm believer in self-publishing the author must know what he's getting himself into BEFORE he jumps.
This page "reveals the importance of Book Marketing" especially for the author/publisher. But marketing is not the first step of selling your book. There are several steps that must be considered first.
Getting this wrong will cost you plenty!
While we're at it let's take a look at eBook Publishing to understand that while this unprecedented opportunity brings with it the need to not only Write Better Fiction but to PROMOTE what we publish. The other shoe is about to drop!
The information on these pages was tediously collected and researched for my own purposes - so that I could make the most informed decisions about publishing my own books.
I offer them here as a service to my fellow writers who might not have the time or patience to sort through all the hype and BS on the subject of self-publishing. And yes, there is a lot of false and misleading information promoted by companies only interested in taking your hard earned dollars to "publish" the manuscript you slaved over for years.
Like most everything else in life there is "The Right Way" and then... all the "other" ways.
So, spend some time, study over these pages, follow the links I provide and get an education, BEFORE you jump at the first publishing offer you stumble across.
And just in case you think Amazon or CreateSpace are your "buddies" read this article and you'll see that Amazon is no Robbin Hood.
I'm not in the business of selling publishing services. The only ax I have to grind is this cautionary piece of advice.
While it is far faster, cheaper and easier than ever before to self-publish; there is also more competition for readers than ever before.
So, unless you're considering self-publishing just so you can brag to your friends that you're "published" - if you actually expect to sell a significant number of books - then you should take a long hard look at learning how to Write Better Fiction...Faster.
Because in this super-heated "information age" only the really good writers will survive.
While it's gotten easier to publish, it's getting harder to sell what you publish. In order to survive, let alone prosper, as a fiction writer you have to Write Better Fiction...Faster than your competition and publish what you write - Smarter.
These are the four areas that the author/publisher must excel in:
- Writing Better Fiction
- Writing Faster
- Publishing Smarter
- Selling Better
Richard A. McCullough
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