Self publishing a book

Self publishing a book

Simon Duke talks to Susan about his experiences of self publishing a book, his own book, “Out of Bounds.”

Self publishing a book is popular for many reasons.

Securing a traditional publishing contract may not work for you — they’re hard to get, and you give up a lot of rights when you finally do get one.

Self-publishing should allow you to retain more rights over the final product, offer the product at a substantially lower cost, and give you an outlet to do traditional marketing and advertising yourself.

No matter what your reason, self publishing is a great way to make your book available to anybody interested. Read on for a discussion of the different ways that you can self-publish a book.

Both Simon Duke and Chris self-published their own books.

Despite technology making it both easier and cheaper to self-publish books, going down the independent road is nothing new. In 1931 the author of The Joy of Cooking paid a local printing company to print 3000 copies.

Later Bobbs-Merill Company acquired the rights, and since then the book has sold over 18 million copies.

The contemporary trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James was originally published online as Twilight fan-fiction before the author decided to self-publish it as an e-book and print on demand.

The key distinguishing characteristic of self-publishing is that the author has decided to publish independently of a publishing house.

In the past, self-published authors had to spend considerable amounts of money preparing a book for publication, purchasing bulk copies of their title, and finding a place to store their inventory.

Print-on-demand and e-book technology have allowed authors to have a book printed or digitally delivered only when an order has been placed.

In 2008, for the first time in history, more books were self-published than those published traditionally.

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