I never really set out to get published when I started writing 8 years ago. I just wanted to see where I could go with it. After completing the manuscript I sent it to friends who agreed that although it needed serious editing they loved the story DEAD ON ARRIVAL, was really good and that I should try to publish it.
Who me? Publish I had no clue what to do. I was a newbie and I had no hope in hell of getting it done in the traditional sense. That meant using a vanity press that charged for the privilege to get my work in print. That in itself is a long, expensive yet rejection free process.
I approached several which I will not name as I had read predators and editors on line and discovered some of them to be disreputable houses. I settled on one that seemed legit and put down a fair chunk of money. I was satisfied with the results for my first book but decided I needed better distribution. I am still trying to sell DEAD ON ARRIVAL on my own. I purchased a distribution package for DEAD COMIC STANDING. That was a good deal as people can buy it in print and e-book formats.
I decided after someone wanted more Laura and Gerry from my first book. Suddenly I was writing a series but I had decided to try another press. It was still a print on demand service but it was Canadian and I am all about the red and white. OVER HER DEAD BODY was born and published. By this time I am in debt but I think the experience has been worth the journey. I wrote and am publishing DAYTONA DEAD the same way as the others but that is it. I am going to use a different press that only does e-books for other projects as I no longer can afford the previous method.
Drawbacks for self-publishing:
- marketing is mostly done by the author with a little guidance but basically it’s sink or swim for the writer
- Hard to get Self published works into bricks and mortar stores
- You are the writer producer and p.r. person for your work –I would suggest this route for the independently wealthy folks with lots of time to take care of the whole shebang.
- No deadlines
- writer has full control on pricing and the creative process
- it’s a great learning process
- there are many ways now that you can publish for free–Smashwords, Createspace etc.
Be brave and patient it can be done and I have read so many books by indie authors that are just fantastic-including our own Write minds authors.
I don’t regret the experience despite the cost.