The other day John Bolton asked this on the Working Writers Facebook page:
Can I poll people here on their views on self-publishing? I’ve done a couple of Podcasts surrounding this issue and would be very interested to hear people’s thoughts. There are links on my FB page, which people are also very welcome to like!
I’m interested in this too – what are your thoughts? Have you considered self-publishing? Do you have some questions about it? Leave a comment here and let us know.
Here’s my two cents. I have self-published in the past. In 2004, I self-published my first book, a collection of poetry called The Difference Now. At the time, I just wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. This was after years of dealing with verbal abuse and all kinds of crazy stuff from my childhood. I never tried to get an agent or find a traditional publisher, because to be honest I wasn’t thinking in terms of books sales then. Also, because it was poetry, I didn’t think twice about self-publishing. Many poets have done this from the beginning of time, mostly because poetry is generally not a money maker. I also didn’t think I could make money this way. But I was wrong, and seeing what happened after I published changed my views about self-publishing and building a writing career from that point forward.
I’ll expand more on that in the next few days and weeks. In the meantime, give us your experience. Please note, this isn’t just a means to promote your book, although you can certainly link to it. Instead, we want to hear about your opinions, your experience, your thoughts…