At 1/29/13 05:39 PM, starwarsjunkie wrote:
Just finished the first draft of the novel I started during Nanowrimo, and now it's on to editing! I was reading the posts up there, about publishing and the like, and had some thoughts/questions.
Does anybody have any experience with self publishing? Like through Amazon's createspace? I'm leaning towards that right now, but I was wondering if anybody else knew much about it. They give pretty good royalties, (at least if you sell it through your own estore) and if you go through Amazon and the kindle you've got a pretty big market....
Self publishing, that's a pretty loaded topic. I think self publishing is better in concept than it is in action. On one hand, there is accessibility. On the other hand, the market is currently flooded with self published novels. Unless you have a knack for marketing or unless you strike it lucky with viral marketing, it probably won't get you far. I know some people who have said they'd only consider self publishing if they had something that is of a high enough quality that they could find a publisher for it, but for whatever reason they would prefer to control the editing, formatting and publication details themselves. And the marketing.
My mind is constantly changing on the thoughts of self publishing. I know authors who have self published short stories or short books that wouldn't be worth print publication, but are fine for a 99c ebook. I know other authors who do similar sorts of things but flood the market with dozens of short stories. And for them it feels kind of pointless. But it's a dynamic market, so I guess there's no accurate way of reading what's right or wrong at the moment.
It's difficult with submitting to a publication because you've done the hard work and then you've got to wait some time before you receive gratification for your work, where you want it out now so people can consume it now and it can go on to make millions. But I think it's the better way to go. Polish your work up, seek out publishers that are looking for your sort of manuscript and try your luck. Or try scouting out an agent. I don't think literary agents are as popular as they used to be, but that's another viable option.
I would say that if you're willing to hire a freelance editor to polish up your manuscript, hire an artist for your cover, and put in the work to properly format your work and make sure that once it's done it'll be seen in all the right places, then go for it. If not, and if you still want people to be able to read your work, would you be willing to put the novel (or at least part thereof) up online for free? But unless you have a strike of ridiculous good fortune and you get your book published with a major publisher and it sells much better than expected, you probably won't be making much money from your writing for a few years at least. That's just how the industry is.
But definitely, when it comes to self publishing, and even small press/indie publishers, Amazon is your friend.