Self-publishing your book for as many readers as possible.
If you are in any way connected to books, reading, or writing on the Internet, there is no escaping the range of debates about self-publishing.
However, what has got lost is that self-publishing is not solely about Amazon, Kindle and ebooks.
While it is super simple to ‘clack’ out a Word document and upload it to Kindle Direct Publishing, then see your ‘book’ published 24 hours later, this is not what I define as self-publishing.
You should be self-publishing your book for readers and not for instant cash.
The book still lives.
No one has killed it as far as I can ascertain, so if you are serious when you self-publish your book, why not do it well.
The months, or in some cases years you’ve spent writing it, deserves a bit of extra effort on your part to give it the best chance it has of success.
So why not consider the following inexpensive and free services that will give your book wider and better market potential.
Certainly, self-publishing your book with Kindle is a ‘no brainer’, but when you have finished there, self-publishing your book on Smashwords is well worthwhile.
It takes a bit longer (as they are a little bit fussier about quality formatting than Kindle), but the effort is worth it because your book can then be distributed to Apple, B&N, Sony, Kobo and a few other online retailers.
Apple iBooks is a very popular format now, so why not get your ebook onto people’s iPads?
There are a number of other online ebook publishers, but I find that Kindle and Smashwords enable me to reach just about any reader.
Then what about a paperback version?
You don’t need to pay a Vanity Press and have books filling your garage.
Self-publishing, your book in paperback, is easy.
There are a number of POD (Print On Demand) publishers who offer an inexpensive way to publish in paperback.
While authors will have their preferred paperback publisher, I can only say that I have used Createspace for most of my books and have been extremely happy with their service and quality of the books.
But the main reason I stay with them is that they are part of Amazon, and as such, offer a distribution system that works for me. There are some costs involved, but they are minimal.
Yes, you pay for each copy of your book you purchase, but expanded distribution, which I highly recommend, is free.
The cost of publishing in paperback?
In most cases, I spend less than $100 to have a book published in paperback.
This amount is for proof copies, and then for twenty or so initial copies shipped to me.
In my mind, this is good value, and by having a real book listed alongside your ebook versions, it not only gives choice to a potential reader but also differentiates you as a real author – not merely an ebook author.
Don’t forget that ebooks are not yet popular worldwide, and paperbacks still sell well in many markets that are not serviced by Kindle and Apple’s iBook Store.