Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Considering Self-Publishing eBooks

Good evening all. I'll be brief. I am looking for feedback. I've been having this crazy thought for about a week. I should dust off the ole' book, polish it, have friends scrub it for errors only (no more rewrites), and then I publish it as an e-book. I've found a pretty great service that will format into the top 6 ereader formats. 

My logic is that I am not going to get rich off this book. I know that. But that doesn't mean that I don't love it and want to share with whom ever would like to read it. No need not sharing. I might as well publish it in a way that I can market on my own. I can't afford to publish as a hard back. If I generated just enough off the ebook to cover that, then I could order those at that time. 

What are your thoughts? Has anyone gone this route? 
Anything I should be terrified of? 

I'll leave you with a picture of something I'm very thankful for. My daughter. Today is her 9th birthday. 


  1. nothing to be terrified of. just be cautious and do your research. know what you're getting into. read about the pros and cons. and once you've made your decision, go for it.

  2. Michelle at the Literary Lab did a whole week on self publishing. And there are several other bloggers who've done their research on this topic, so I agree with Michelle (above). Homework and then see what you think. There may be money on your end involved if I'm not mistaken. (Cover art)

  3. I've gone the epublishing route, myself. I wonder if you're refering to Smashwords as the service that will format your book? They are more of a distribution service--you'll have to do the initial formatting. Otherwise, if it's an actual formatting service, may I suggest that you save your money and format yourself? Yes, it's a pain, but you can do it. Depending on how you go about doing your cover, epublishing can be entirely free. I also strongly encourage you to publish on Amazon. Smashwords doesn't yet distribute to Amazon, and most epublishers sell 90% of their books there. And publish separately to B&N, as Smashword takes a long time to vet you for their premium distribution and I've read that once they do, the way they list in B&N is strange. If you'd like more information, you can visit my blog. I've described my process of epublishing there, and I have a post devoted to formatting. I intend to write a companion to it, soon, because the first results in nice, clean formatting for Amazon and B&N, but for some reason doesn't work so well for Smashwords--so I'll be figuring out how to fix that this weekend, and I'll post my process when I'm done. I also highly recommend going to the AbsoluteWrite forums on epublishing and self-publishing. There are some very knowledgeable people there.