Self-publishing puts an author in the driver's seat. But that doesn't mean he/she is carrying the whole load.
Sure, the writer produces the words that make the book, but you have to consider some other parts such as who turns the manuscript into a book? Who delivers it to stores and/or websites? And who provides royalty payments?
While those folks are often unseen and unheard, they work behind the scenes to keep the proverbial ball rolling for the author.
As those who follow my blog already know, I self-published for the first time when "Laments" was released in August. I hired an editor, cover design, and formatter to get the manuscript in shape and ready for the market. I probably could have done those things myself, and many authors do, but I wanted input from others, much like I get through a traditional publisher.
I've done some marketing and promotion for the book -- much like I've done for previous books -- but I still rely on companies such as CreateSpace, Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble to serve it up to the public and provide me with royalties through their accounting departments.
I hope you can see, that while I've self-published, it's taken the assistance and support of others to make it all happen.
Until the next time…