More and more, self-publishing for authors has become acceptable, in non-fiction and fiction.
Some of these self-publishers evolve into small publishing houses. However, some of the traditional publishers frown on this practice, while others look for good self-published books to pick up for themselves.
Recently there has been a controversy because Harlequin, the well-known romantic novel publishing house, announced they are creating a self-publishing imprint along with their traditional publishing. This has caused intense objections from various writers’ societies, who maintain they’ll reject Harlequin authors, whether traditionally or self published.
However, I know of numerous writers, of romance and mystery, of mainstream and children’s fiction, as well as non-fiction books, who are doing well with their self-published or small publisher produced books.
Authors (who also are a type of home business person) simply must be aware that with self-publishing, practically the entire promotion process lies with them. They also won’t receive a royalty and generally must pay “up-front money” for the printing, unless it’s a print-on-demand publisher.
Traditional publishers, however, expect authors (especially new and lesser known ones) to put a great deal of effort, and sometimes expense, into marketing their books and making themselves known.
Follow self-published and small publisher authors such as Janet Elaine Smith, Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Nina Osier, Kristie Leigh Maguire, Kathleen (Katy) Walls, and others to see that you don’t have to be a traditionally published author to succeed. You become well known in your field, region, and worldwide when you write well and work at promotion…each in their own way.
Are you a self-published author?
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