An article written by Lee Sonogan
Note: Contents of this article will feature on ENTERTAINMENT CULTURE ONLINE under the book You, Will, Have Style When You Write One Million Words: UNGROOVYGORDS Advanced Guide For Creative Writing (First Draft) done in parts.
In 2020m million are uploading their books online for sale and I am one of them. Legit places online allow you to share your written content for free if you can provide their submission requirements. Some even for print on demand serves for authors to print out bulk works at a time. Their market is independent full of benefits although most of the time traditional publishing deals do a little more in their comparisons.
“Books have a publishing standard, and every Indie Author is responsible to their readers in making sure those standards are met or exceeded.” ― Eeva Lancaster, Being Indie: A No Holds Barred, Self Publishing Guide for Indie Authors
As of right now as I can tell Amazon’s platform for writers is at first the most recognizable brand. Their reach worldwide wide has features to sell both digital and hard copies. Processes in proofreading, advertisement, information and ECT is available when navigating its menus. Then it’s for free for those experienced enough to be accepted.
Then there are Amazon’s incentives good and bad located at there locations on most continents. While that could be a bad thing, locally produced printing may be another option elsewhere. Niche publisher opportunities can come from ones that offer deals with a printer to sell your books as well. Although that would be a dime in a dozen, equally self-publishing and direct book contracts take time to identify and negotiate with.
Explaining the pros and cons overall, 1: You control the price and cover. In 2: implementing changes such as news editions. 3: The royalty rates are greater. Then the obvious downsides are you have to do everything yourself. Fewer sales and known bad books made on inferior platforms.
“Anyone who says it’s easy to self-publish a book is either lying or doing a shitty job.” — Nan McCarthy
Now the basics are aware to you, you can sleep easy comprehending how your choice was a great commitment. Key points are self-publishing is harder overall to the traditional being the next level inconsistency. Go back to the previous advertising/promotion chapter and anything else that relevant to put a plan together if this is something you want to decide on.