Subsidy publishing: Is it the same thing as self-publishing? No!

| April 22, 2013

If there is one area of self-publishing that seems to cause the most confusion it is what exactly constitutes self-publishing. In my mind, there is a very simple answer to that: You are the publisher. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? For some reason, it isn’t. Way back before the days of POD “self-publishing” (and note my [...]

Don’t make these 7 self-publishing mistakes

| November 3, 2011

There is a lot of information available on self-publishing today—there are blogs, books, and groups galore where authors can learn the ropes. Unfortunately, I still run in to authors who have made costly mistakes with their projects—blunders that could have been avoided. Here are some of the most common: 1. Setting unrealistic goals. In spite [...]

Should you self-publish—or wait for a traditional deal?

| August 19, 2011

I get asked this question a lot by authors who are looking for a simple, cut-and-dried answer. But deciding which might be the right option for a particular author depends on a number of things. Here are some questions to ask yourself: How long are you willing to wait to see your book in print? [...]

More things you should know about self-publishing

| June 6, 2011

I recently read a great list from LLReader by Shannon Yarborough, “My Own 10 Things You Should Know About Self-Publishing.” Shannon brings up a lot of good points, and I have some things to add to some of what she says that go a bit beyond just leaving comments at the blog site, so I [...]

How authors are misled into thinking they’ve self-published when they haven’t

| May 27, 2011

It happened again. I spoke earlier this week with an author who had recently “self-published” a nonfiction book, and she was particularly interested in reaching the library market. She directed me to her author website—which listed the book’s publisher as “AuthorHouse.” That re-routed our conversation immediately because I had to break the bad news to [...]

Cutting through the confusion about printing options available to self-publishers

| March 11, 2011

I read an excellent post over on Matt About Business titled Online Options for Printing Your Self-Published Book. Consultant Susan Daffron explains in crystal-clear terms the options available to self-publishing authors for getting their books in print. She writes, “Unfortunately, many options for turning your manuscript into a book are expensive and some are out [...]

Take the self-publishing quiz: Is it for you?

| January 19, 2011

No one cares about it as much as you do. You’ve got to love it, and nurture it, and raise it to outstanding adulthood.

Self-publishing does not necessarily equal slush-pile publishing

| June 30, 2010

So I read a post on self-publishing over a Kidlit today. I’ve commented there, but I couldn’t resist more pontificating. I’ll start by saying that I am not the average person who has no idea what lurks in slush. I spent many years in the trade, going through those very awful slush piles that blogger [...]

Publishing your own book—no stigma needed!

| June 21, 2010

Even as nontraditional publishing continues to grow—Bowker reports a whopping increase of 181 percent in 2009 over the previous year—there is still a stigma attached to self-publishing. I’ve read the articles, I’ve seen the tweets. There is still a pervasive belief that self-publishing is somehow “settling”—and probably your only option because you were rejected by [...]

Just because publishing is changing does not mean it’s dying

| May 28, 2010

When I first read this article by Garrison Keillor, I kind of chuckled to myself—I mean, how seriously can I take the opinion of modern publishing from the dude who hales from the (albeit fictitious) “little town that time forgot and the decades cannot improve.” Obviously, he would prefer that the publishing world stay just [...]