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.
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 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.