To self-publish or not? It’s a question every writer faces these days, and it’s a hard one to answer. Like the American West in the heady days of the great land rush, there’s promise, great promise. It’s just that there are so many organizations promising so much that it’s hard to sort the wheat from the … let’s be polite … chaff.
If you write and you’re like me (which is to say, a writer with a book often cited as, ‘Wow! Really good.’ and thirty or so rejections from agents), you’re going to have to answer that question.
I’ve mentioned several books I like on writing. Here’s one I really like on self-publishing: The Fine Print of Self-Publishing, by Mark Levine. It’s a nuts-and-bolts guide to the practical issues you will need to deal with if you self publish.
The November 2013 issue of Poets and Writers Magazine was devoted to the issue of self-publication. It had several articles including a roundtable with an agent and a couple of successful self-publishers. It didn’t seem that there was much in the way of “how to” information, but it did give some perspectives.
Thanks, Tim. That was a good article. Poets & Writers, being a .org, is a little less interested in jamming products that Writers Digest, too.