Thinking about self-publishing? The idea can be daunting, but it is nowhere near impossible. It's being done all around the globe, more and more often, by more and more writers. I kind of backed into self-publishing. My first five books were traditionally published.
When my first two books went out of print and the rights reverted back to me, I paid to have them published just to keep them active. Sometime later I began to hear about self-publishing and I realized that opened up a whole new ballgame. I have since self-published my last five books, and I absolutely love them! In this article, you will learn to self-publish & market your books before stepping into this venture.
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As you start looking into self-publishing, you may run into some diatribes (mostly from publishing houses) about how self-published books are low quality, error-ridden tripe slapped together by people too lazy to pursue professional channels. There was a time in the distant past when that may have been true when Uncle Frank paid through the nose for a vanity press to publish his 600-page grammatically-challenged book about his life as a beer-can collector.
That was then, this is now.
Nowadays, all authors are choosing self-publishing. But because of that legacy of unprofessionalism, today's self-published author needs to be absolutely meticulous in his/her approach. It's a little like the red-haired stepchild having to do everything twice as well in order to be thought half as good.
That means paying attention to those wavy red and green lines that appear in your Word document. That means remembering all your high school rules of grammar, punctuation, and word usage. That means reading and re-reading and re-reading again to catch the spelling errors, the missed commas, the unequal quotes.
Blowing off the rules of writing shows a blatant disrespect for the reader and worse it's the easiest way to lose the reader. Nothing takes me out of a story faster than confusing punctuation or a misspelled word. If I have to go back and re-read a sentence in order to understand it, I'm no longer in the story.
The words on the page should be the effortless and almost transparent vehicle that carries the reader along; if the reader has to stop and fix a flat tire, he's not going to be happy about that and he's not going to be charitable about the rest of the book.