DIY self-publishing?

December 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Self-publishing firms offer a range of services that cover every aspect of publishing and promoting a book. The complete service will probably cost over £5,000. At the end of it, you should have a professionally produced book. A self-publishing firm is not bound to ensure that the book is well-written.

But for some of us, the Do it Yourself (DIY) route to self-publishing is the only option. We do not have the money to employ someone else. Even so, it is unlikely that we have all the skills needed to self-publish a book. At some point, we may have to pay someone to, for example, design a book cover. At the end of the DIY route, we don’t want a DIY-looking book.

Of course, we will learn a lot on the way. And if we wish to self-publish again, the whole business will be so much easier the second time round.

The time required to familiarise myself with the process of self-publishing will, no doubt, be lengthier than I imagine. Don’t things always take longer, and turn out to be more expensive than foreseen? But, on the other hand, I could be spending time making unsuccessful submissions to literary agents. At least, by self-publishing, I would be taking matters into my own hands; I would not be waiting for others to do something for me.

As I contemplate the unfamiliar, perhaps hostile, path to self-publishing, I can’t help half-hoping that something else will turn up along the way.


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