Sunday, June 26, 2011

Is Digital Self-Publishing Viable?

I have one book up on lulu.com , and another up on Amazon.com - both books are self-published. I am in the process of writing a mystery book, which I will also self-publish (most likely through Smashwords). One of the biggest benefits in getting my work out there in this manner, IMHO, is that I don't need a publisher. I can self-publish in the digital market and distribute on my own.

I am evidently joining a very impressive group of people! Author J. K. Rowling (author of the Harry Potter series) is at this moment bringing up a new site called "Pottermore". This is a literal Harry Potter universe, and will be the only place that she will market e-book versions of her Harry Potter works. Will other big name authors follow her lead?

I am not only excited about self-publishing, but I am excited about the "Pottermore" site! We don't need to copy exactly what she has done, but it does show us what can be done. We can create a place for our work that consists of more than a book cover and a "Buy Now" button!

Off to join the world of J.K. Rowling!

(c) June 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

1 comment:

  1. Nice post on an interesting topic, Bonnie.

    Having self published a couple of Tarot books... and a Tarot deck ... I can add a couple of advantages:

    1. You have complete artistic control of your work.

    2. What you lose in sales volume (and not publishing with one of the big guys does have that impact) you make up for in higher margins since you don't have to pay a publisher and a distributor their "cut"

    A downside, of course, is that a publisher's editor can provide valuable assistance, but if you're good at that sort of thing, you don't need that help so much.

    Best,
    James

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