As many of you know, I’m a big fan of self-publishing books, provided you know what you’re getting into. Today I found two blog posts that illustrate well some of the problems, some of the successes and a whole bunch in betwee.
The first is TSTC Publishing’s post called: Print On Demand: Heartbreaking Effort on a Staggering Scale
As I read the post I found myself saying yes, page design can be a nightmare; yes, I know how difficult cover design can be, etc. etc. etc. Mark points out a whole bunch of potential problems in the self-publishing process. It’s well worth a read and, if you think you ever might self-publish, bookmarking.
I’d add to his post the recommendation of Peter Bowerman’s The Well-Fed Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living as a must read.
Note, however, the comments include one by the self-publisher Mark used as an example – that too is worth reading.
So POD Diary, the lengthy and detailed dairy of Shannon Yarbrough’s experience self-publishing with lulu.com. It too is illuminating and I wish Shannon could have read Mark’s post before… well, you get the idea.
Shannon is a pretty good example of what can happen with self-publishing if you work hard at it. He’s not made a ton of money; in fact, some would say he hasn’t made nearly enough. But he’s happy and my hunch is that he’ll do it again and learn to be ever-more successful.
Have you tried self-publishing yet? What’s been the result?
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