I wanted to post about The Academic’s Guide to Self-Publishing alone because I think there are a lot of people out there who are curious about self-publishing but don’t know where to begin, whom to trust, or where to start. And, I’m still seeing snippy remarks coming from genre authors who are with small e-presses about self-publishing as if they are far too grand to self-publish.
But I think we’ve reached the point where self-publishing has become a viable alternative to writers, especially now that well known lit agents are helping their clients self-publish. And then there are those who have faced obstacles in both trad publishing and small press e-publishing…one of which is the endless query process in trad publishing, and then there are small e-presses going out of business because there’s so much competition out there. And now part of that competition is with self-published authors.
So when I find things like this I pass it along for anyone who might be interested. It’s no secret I’ve self-published five digital books myself and I started from scratch and learned a lot of these things on my own. I’ve posted about people like Joe Mihalic who did the same with non-fiction and had excellent results where he gained national attention, and, found a TV gig as a bonus.
Here’s something from the web site:
Self-publishing draws as much praise as it does condescension for the exact same reason” democratizing literature. The voluntary lack of editorial and marketing oversight means authors control the entire means of production, from pitch to promotions. This route particularly benefits more independent-minded writers who want to reach audiences on their own terms, bypassing the usual publishing games involving pitches, agents, editing for marketers, and book tours. It grants them an opportunity to share what they have to say with readers who want to listen. Traditional publishing does not always allow that, no matter how insightful or worthy an author may be.
You can read more here. I don’t see anything I can dispute.