Is self -publishing smart?

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Re: Is self -publishing smart?

Post by KCWolf » 10 Jul 2019, 16:42

In today's world, I think there's nothing wrong with Self-publishing/indie authorship. Of course, that means (as others have said) you have to do a lot of the work yourself and have at least one editor. I studied digital art, so I can do my own covers. I have access to inexpensive beta readers and editors.

Also, (and this may sound wishy-washy) I think it depends on the type of book. My books are cross-genre, and more novella length rather than 50K+ words. A publisher like Penguin (for example) might not have a niche for them. But, I still want them to be read and enjoyed by as many people as possible. So, I created my own imprint and published them myself. I also published a magazine under the imprint, but it had a very short run as it was such an expensive endeavor.

Keep this in mind though: Anything is possible. There's more than one way to success.
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Post by MaryWking » 14 Jul 2019, 00:25

Thank you

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Post by Sharona Ancheta » 15 Jul 2019, 09:12

It depends to the topic, reason you are publishing yourself.
For instance you are self publishing because you made something interesting and educational, then why not. So then, people who could see you, can ask you advice or lesson but when you are publishing yourself but not for good and just doing it just to get popular, then that isn’t right.

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Post by LyorBoone » 16 Jul 2019, 18:34

For an Amazon self-published book, what do you think of the cover creation tools. I have a brother who is an artist who works on paper. I’ve toyed the idea of scanning his work as covers to my stories.

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Post by Sleipnir_Drew » 17 Jul 2019, 14:05

Maybe it's because I am very fond of hardcover books, but I still cannot get this idea into my head. Moreover, I think editing a book is part of the creation process. If you keep skipping these little details, you'll end up with an unfinished product.

Although it is respectable and admirable to achieve a self-publication, combined forces could obtain a better outcome. Wouldn't you agree?

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Post by lucia_kizas » 26 Jul 2019, 07:51

Sleipnir_Drew wrote:
17 Jul 2019, 14:05
Maybe it's because I am very fond of hardcover books, but I still cannot get this idea into my head. Moreover, I think editing a book is part of the creation process. If you keep skipping these little details, you'll end up with an unfinished product.

Although it is respectable and admirable to achieve a self-publication, combined forces could obtain a better outcome. Wouldn't you agree?
You can get hardcover copies from self-published authors too (take The Savior's Champion by Jenna Moreci, for example). I know Amazon does not offer hardcover options, but other platforms for self-publishing do. As to editing. Most of the self-published authors do have their books professionally edited. It is an old misconception that they just throw their first drafts out into the world (I know, there still are those types, unfortunately).
Before I self-published my book, I ran it through Grammarly, through Autocrit, read it 3 times (one of those times aloud), then put it through text to voice, and only then sent it to a pro editor. After finishing working on editor's notes, I ran it through text to speech again before actually putting it on Amazon.
Loads of Indie authors polish their works to perfection before hitting publish button, so it would be fair to give them a chance too ;)
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Post by Kansas City Teacher » 27 Jul 2019, 17:45

It would be great for some people, but not me! :)

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Post by Dan_Wellock » 01 Aug 2019, 14:41

Self-publishing can be a little risky. Publishing agencies almost ensure some success. It is very difficult to be successful when you self-publish. Even just publishing on Amazon (anyone can) can give you more success than self-publishing.
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Post by gurpreetkaur » 03 Aug 2019, 10:30

Self Publishing ...! Yes, good idea for new writers but only Publishing can not solve one problem - marketing! Marketing is an essential thing for any new book(and yes for new writer).

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Post by BookPower9 » 27 Oct 2019, 22:18

Yes. Especially when you have no enough budget. Then use Social media and maximize it.

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Post by CliffordPhillips » 02 Nov 2019, 04:03

I strongly believe it depends on individual. I am thinking to write and publish it.

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