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I chose my self-publishing path after taking a creative writing course many moons ago. During the class, the instructor told us that most likely we all would end up in the slush pile and never be picked up by a traditional publishing house. After that course I decided to write and self-publish my first book Taints My Soul. Which I released in 1997.
I took the traditional self-publishing path for my first book. In traditional self-publishing you are the publisher and it’s up to you to hire a printer, purchase an ISBN, hire a typesetter and so on and so forth. It’s a many vendor to publisher relationship. This route is expensive on the front end (cost of publishing), but less expensive on the back end (cost of book purchase).
Another choice for self-publishing is Print on Demand (POD). With POD you purchase your publishing services mostly through one vendor. You can choose to purchase the entire packet or parts of the printing package. This route is less expensive on the front end and more expensive on the back end. This is a good route for those who want a one stop shop.
If you decide that self-publishing isn’t for you, you can always try the traditional publishing route. For this path you should seek an agent, and learn how to write query letters. The first two I have used and can share my experience. The traditional publishing route I only know what I’ve read so I won’t be writing much about it. Fortunately, for those who choose to go after the traditional publishing house there is a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips to guide you along your journey.
For those who want to self-publish, do your research and weigh your options against your preferences, needs and your budget then choose your course. Once the decision is made, you are one step closer to publishing that book you have had inside you all these years.
If you want to hear more about my story or the slush pile check out my YouTube video about the slush pile.
Click here for a free copy of my Write & Self-publish chart. It provides the high-level steps you need to write and self-publish your book. I’m currently blogging my way through each step to provide more detail. I invite you to comment and ask any questions you may have on writing and self-publishing your book.
I have written and published six novels. My latest book entitled Life on Fire, co-written with my sister Karen D. Bradley, was released in June 2015. If you are new to writing a book or self-publishing and want to follow along as I share what I’ve learned, either subscribe to receive my blog posts at www.jenettambradley.com or request to be added to my group on Facebook, JB’s Writers Studio where the links to the posts will be shared. The group will also be a place for members to ask questions and share information.