Tuesday, April 12, 2011
In the beginning of the April I attended my local chapter’s writers meeting. The guest speaker talked about self-publishing. She’s been published with Carina Press and Source Books. She had a few books that were getting rejected for various reasons, but they were stories she knew she wanted to publish. So she did. She hired a freelance editor and had a cover artist produce the cover art. For around $350 total she had her book published with Kindle, Smashwords, B&N, Sony and all the places where e-books are available. Having great success with the first book she did this for two more. Here’s the kicker…since November she’s made over 30k. The money is all hers. There’s no publisher or editor to get their cut. Granted she’ll pay taxes on the money earned, but seriously. In the almost three years I’ve been publishing I’m nearing around 10k. I’d rather cut out the middle man and make some serious cash. I realize this is best served to those who have a following, but I believe anyone with the drive to promote their books can succeed. I’ve decided to take one of my contemporary romance (non-erotic) books this route and see what happens. I may succeed. I may fail. But I won’t know unless I try. What are your thoughts on self-publishing?