For the past four months I’ve been working on a collection of short stories. I should have my tenth (and final) story completed this week.
After reading quite a few blogs and websites about the pros and cons of self-publishing, and receiving first-hand accounts from fellow authors, I’m going to take the leap into independent publishing.
There are a number of reasons for my decision. First, my publisher doesn’t deal with short-story collections. Secondly, lots of other publishers don’t do short-story collections, unless it’s with a recognizable (famous) author. Thirdly, I like challenges. And fourthly, it might be fun.
For those who write for small-publishing houses, and even some big ones, you know that much of the work in promotion and marketing comes from the author. So, in that regard, nothing will change for me. But I'll have more control over the pricing.
E-books, as we all know, have changed the face of publishing. It has grown every year, especially with the advent of the Kindle and Nook e-readers, and will continue to expand to the point of overcoming traditional print.
I've noticed in the past couple of years that my novels sell better as e-books. But I also plan to have my short stories available in a print-on-demand edition for those who love the feel and smell of a book.
I’ll blog about the self-publishing process once I do the requisite edits and rewrites to make the stories ready for publication. Some things don't change when it comes to getting a book ready for publication.
Until the next time...