How to self Publish a novelThe way to publish a novel yourself
Consulting by a traditional publisher
When you ask yourself if you should make your script public or if you know someone who would consider doing so, please continue reading. Admittedly, I have worked in conventional publishers for a long period of my life, especially in children's literature, but the following is true in all areas. I have also observed the boom in self-publishing over the last five years thanks to the adoption of electronic technologies in the printing world.
It has made it simpler or at least less expensive to release yourself. However, I am becoming more and more worried that sometimes it is for the right reason that humans themselves make publications or even make them public if they are not prepared to do so successfully. About Self-Publication? Can you explain why humans themselves instead of working with a publishers? When you don't see yourself as a careers of typing, but want to build a product for a very particular or confined audience, such as a particular or your own familiy or for a small specialized audience that you can accurately access, then self-publishing the 100 or 500 or 1,000 hard copy books that you want may be the best approximation.
All you need to ask yourself is what is the best way to do this, as there are more choices to be made. Thorough research is necessary: you should begin with my paper on publishing choices to get an idea of the opportunities. At the same time, some decide out of disappointment about the conventional way to self-publication.
You may have heard elsewhere on my website that it can take years for them to be released in the conventional way in items like Getting Out of the Slush Pile, and many are not released at all. Why not make it public yourself? Unfortunately, when a work has a nationwide public, it is very hard to make it public if it is not pub-lished as tradition.
There are self-publication hits in the press (like Christopher Paolini's Eragon), but for each of them there are hundred and hundred mistakes and outages. Self-editing is hard and a great deal of work - and this message about Paolini's achievement can give you an idea of what had to do with his work.
In fact, for most readers, self-publication does not even bring your work to the bookstore. Businesses offering self-publishing often announce that their titles are "available" for Barnes & Noble, Borders, other chain stores and wholesale distributors. This does not mean that their ledgers will be on the bookshelves. This means that their ledgers are included in a database from which these businesses can order.
As there will be tens of thousand of titles from the major self-publishers included in these data bases, their works will not reach these shops unless someone orders them. Will it convince booksellers to wear their own book?
All right, but what about self-publishing an e-book? How about self-publishing about Kindle? Or, if you have seen the results of Amanda Hocking, please see what Amanda Hocking has to say: I would advise you not to consider self-publishing until you have worked on your paper, made input and learned something about the publisher's line of work for at least a few years.
This is not a waste of your own valuable resources, because even if they are not released, you are much better prepared for later self-publication. You' ve also learnt something about what you have to do (which is very short, to edit, illustrate, design, advertise, review and distribute your books - things that a publishers does as a matter of routine but that are hard and costly for an individual).
Also see my paper on what a publishers does). And if you have not even tried the conventional way, I ask you to do so. And if you are a children's author, join SCBW-I and begin to learn. Visit a conference, get some literature on typing, join a critics group, see Publisher's Weekly in the Reading Room (see my paper on the fundamentals of general orientation).
When you write in another area, the same general tip applies: you just need to find the right writers' organisation and the right guides and references for your area. Here is a tale that shows why I think "jumping" to self-publishing can be a flaw. I was an assistent almost twenty years ago and started my carreer at Macmillan Children's Belgium.
In the end, the writer gave up and another script became her first public book: the one was Ella Enchanted. What is more, the script I was reading became Dave at Night, which she perhaps released as her fifth or 6th work. Had Gail Carson Levine abandoned the original trail and released the script himself after I had seen it, it wouldn't have worked so well.
It needed what a traditonal editor would give him, and that's why they and many other writers followed the tradtition. When your journeys in conventional publishers just take you down a blind alley, look again at self-publishing. If you have extensive experience in the field of publication and know where to find the designs, editorial, illustration, advertising, sale etc. help that you will need it may make good business sense for you to make a publication with a local population.
Make your lives simpler and your prospects of succeeding better: follow the tradition of publication. The majority of my published work is in children's literature, and if this is your area of interest, I must caution you that it is a particularly difficult business to break into. Although it is a domestic one, it is smaller than the adult one and it is not so open to self-publication.
Much of the children's literature is for sale to local bookshops and colleges, and they will be difficult to get to with a self-published work. Anyone who plans a photo album is also faced with the issue of full-colour print, which is not yet as fully digitised as monochrome and is therefore quite costly.
From the moment I post this, you must either use traditional paper or you must agree to a colour printout that does not meet the standard you see in the booklets displayed in a bookshop. The self-publication of a photo album is therefore almost not possible. The self-publication of a novel or non-fiction for kids is almost as hard.
For the only successful individuals I know who have done this, after their successful work with conventional editors or by adapting their self-published book(s) to what they already do, see my interview with Josephine Nobisso and Lucas Miller for samples of these approach. So what a trader does and what you should do.
A few notes on the publication possibilities in the "Twilight Zone" between conventional and vainty press. Extensive rundown of release settings. This is a comparative of "traditional" and "indie"-publication, made by Shevi Arnold. Self-editing specific - self-publishing capabilities. For related materials, see the Self-Publishing Index page, the Writing Articles Index page, and the Publish Articles Index page.