The Brave New World
Self publishing used to be mostly for desperate authors, people with too much money, and very occasionally for people with an outstanding idea and the marketing savvy to make it pay and pay and pay. A lot of people ended up with only disappointment to show for their efforts – oh, and 15 boxes of books in their garage.
The brave new world of self publishing is very different to 10 or even 5 years ago. Digital printing has advanced remarkably. Most people buy their books online. Services like Lulu, Lightning Source and CreateSpace have sprung up to help writers reach the new world bookstore. Now, it’s quite feasible for an ordinary person to have a manageable quantity of books printed to a professional standard and distributed around the world.
Ebooks are also becoming more and more mainstream, and this technology is a gift to self publishers and their readership.
Over the coming weeks, we will be posting more and more free resources for self publishers, so keep checking back. We want to help you navigate the hazardous waters of self publishing without running aground or wasting your time or money!
We will be covering print-on-demand, ebooks, book marketing and promotion, and even tips for self publishing a novel.
Here are a couple of articles to get you started.
More to come…