The World of Self Publishing

Val MillsStarred Page By Val Mills, 27th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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More and more people are writing and hoping to get published. Is self publishing the answer to most writers dreams?

Want to see your work published?

There was a time when, in the writing world, the words self publishing were dirty words and this option was to be avoided at all costs. Times have changed. There are now so many budding writers out there, all wanting there work to be read and appreciated by someone, that publishing houses can't keep up with the demand.
There has been a growth in respectable self publishing businesses, places where you don't have to spend an excessive amount of money in order to see your work in print. And, for many of us, self publishing, be it in hard copy or electronically, is the only way we can break into the world of publication.

Taking the plunge

I'm currently working toward self publication of a memoir of 1950s school stories that I hope will be ready in time for my school centenary in 2013. In order for this to happen, it needs to be in final draft and at the publisher by the end of this year.
Here in New Zealand we have several respected self publishing houses and I have chosen one that my writing group used when we published an anthology of our work a couple of years ago.
Through my writing group experience I feel confident with the publishing house I have chosen and know they will work with me until my book becomes published. They will even place it on their web site, therefore possibly attracting more buyers than I would personally be able to reach.

A target audience

This book or memoir is being written for a target audience, therefore I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I will have guaranteed sales. I've chosen it's timing carefully, to coincide with the school centenary and it will be priced so that those attending should be able to afford it if they're interested in purchasing one.
Although it's not always possible to be quite so specific when deciding who your readers will be, it is important to have a fair idea of the market you wish to reach.
This is the same whether you are publishing a print copy as I am, an e-book or even an online article.
If you're writing with a particular audience or reader group in mind, you're more likely to produce something that a group of people will want to read.

Self promotion and self marketing

One of the criticisms of self publishing is that your work is onlly just starting once you have your precious books in your hand. That is true. The writer then needs to get out and distribute his or her book, getting both the book and self known.
You need to promote not only your book, but yourself as well, so that more and more potential readers start being interested in who you are and what you have written.
This is not easy work, but is achievable if gone about properly. It is the same for publishing e-books and online content. Nobody owes you anything in the self publishing world. The only responsibility the publsher has, is to help you get your work published. The rest is up to you. If you want success you need to work for it.

Explore different avenues

There are many ways of getting your book published and promoting it. You'll need to spend time exporing options and finding out what is available. It also pays to read articles about the experiences of others, outlining the way they've gone about the process, the pitfalls and the rewards.
No one publisher or writing site is the answer for all. Everyone has different needs and different beliefs about how things should happen.
The best advice is to remain open to suggestions, listen to the advice of others and then decide which is the best option for you.
We all put a lot of time and energy into our writing. It becomes a part of us and we want our written creations to succeed. We should treat our writing the way we'd treat our children and be prepared to make a full commitment, ensuring our published books and articles get the best possible chance in life.
As Mark Twain once said: “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

Other articles by the same author:
Writers are Real People
Writing Online Content: Is the Criticism Valid?
Planning for a Writing Retreat
A Writer's First Written Word
Thoughts on Writing Memoir


Book Promotion, Memoir, Self Marketing, Self Publishing, Valmnz, Writing, Writing Tips

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
28th Apr 2012 (#)

You're, getting me to think about it, Val.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
28th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Val!!!

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author avatar Buzz
28th Apr 2012 (#)

Wonderful ideas, Val. Thanks.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
28th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Val for sharing.

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author avatar Happyridge Creations
28th Apr 2012 (#)

Very well written, thanks.

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author avatar Don Rothra
28th Apr 2012 (#)

Nice work.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Apr 2012 (#)

A real challenge anyway, but well worth taking. Wish you success and waiting for further news, Val - siva

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author avatar LOVERME
12th May 2012 (#)

I admire you for your courage
you take
I published three books at my costs ad sold so many at costs
no profit no loss
why waste money buying for reading
go to a library why are they there for??? .I read over 300 books in two years now i can't find fiftyone poems worth publishning
out of my over 7900
will you help me.?

who are those 200 who read me daily
but they don't leave comments any why??

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author avatar Songbird B
20th Mar 2013 (#)

Informative and supportive article Val, for all looking into self publishing..I wish you huge success on your Memoirs dear friend. Great Star page Val..\0/x

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