I generally try to stay out of the self-pub vs. trad. pub debates because so often, what starts off as reasoned analysis/debate devolves into screeches of, “My way is better than your way!” or “My way is the only right way to do it!” Both ways have their pluses and minuses. For me, I think traditional publishing is the way to go and I hope I’ll be able to succeed in it. However, if it’s not meant to be, I “have lots of friends who will help” me “through the self-publishing process,” according to one Jeremy Rodden, self-publisher extraordinaire. I’ve been assured that I’ll do great and I’m inclined to believe him because he’s done quite well for himself in the self-pub arena, as has our mutual friend, Lisa Wiedmeier.
With that in mind, I’d like to share this post. Entitled “Self-Publishing – It’s the American Way,” Jeremy raises a good point about self-publishing being akin to running a small business. His article also includes links to several other interesting articles on the self-publishing debate. For anyone who’s contemplating breaking into publishing or for anyone who enjoys following the debate, this is a must-read.
If you like what you see, be sure to check out Jeremy’s books, Toonopolis: Gemini, Toonopolis Short: Anchihiiroo, and The Myth of Mr. Mom. Also, since I mentioned her earlier, check out Lisa’s book, Cheyenne, a Timeless Series Novel. The second book in Lisa’s Timeless Series, Promises, is due out sometime next month, if all goes well. As long as I’m plugging self-published books, you can check out Gretchen Steen’s novels, Legend of Dragamere and Blood of Dragamere, as well as my own poetry anthology, Tuesday Daydreams: A Journal in Verse. If you’re in need of a laugh, check out The Banned Underground – The Amulet of Kings, written by Will Macmillan Jones and published by the good folks at Safkhet Publishing. The second book in the series, The Mystic Accountants, has just been released and I have it on good authority that it’s a rollicking good time.
And now ’tis time to hit the hay, I think. Unless, of course, that nap I took earlier today has messed up my sleep schedule, which is entirely possible given that I napped for almost two hours. Have a great weekend, everybody! Happy reading!
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- Self-publishing vs traditional: Which is better? (robot6.comicbookresources.com)
- Safkhet Signs New Epic Fantasy Author (safkhetpublishing.wordpress.com)
- Safkhet Publishing in the Staff Magazine of Anglia Ruskin University (safkhetpublishing.wordpress.com)
- Book Review Toonopolis – Anchihiiroo and Gemini by Jeremy Rodden (alchemyofscrawl.wordpress.com)
- Blood of Dragamere (suddenlytheyalldied.com)
- The writer’s identity (suddenlytheyalldied.com)
6 thoughts on “Thoughts on self-publishing”
Well said. You’ve mentioned some amazing authors here and I hope your readers will check out their work. They won’t be disappointed.
Thanks, Tricia! You’re absolutely right – each author is excellent and they truly deserve all their success.
Great post Kay! Yes, not only are they very talented writers (as are YOU), they are also complete gladitorial stars in the amphitheatre of self-publishing…and you will be too! Super blog! 😀
Thanks, Sophie! I’m looking forward to seeing White Mountain in print this fall – can’t wait to pre-order when I get paid! 🙂
Oh, thank you, Kay, that’s very kind of you but I meant every word of it! You WILL be a massive success if you choose to embark on the self-pub route and you really couldn’t have a better bunch of pioneers to guide you! Jeremy, Lisa, Gretchen they’re all doing brilliantly…you’ll be in safe hands kiddo! 😀 xx
Indeed, I will, if it comes to that. Hopefully the submission process will pay off for me as well as it did for you and Will!