Some Things About Self-Publishing

In last week’s blog, we discussed a few things about traditional publishing. With all of its platforms and bells and whistles, there are certainly a lot of options when it comes to going the traditional publishing route. In today’s blog, however, I wanted to get into a few options when it comes to self-publishing.

The first thing that needs to be pointed out, of course, is that if you plan on self-publishing like I am, your sales will come primarily from the ebook format. This is because they are cheaper and easier to get into the hands of readers, but of course there is also a benefit to you in this arena as well. You get to sell it for cheaper, but because of the zero production cost, you also get more money from this than a traditional author would.

Something else to point out is that you want to have a print version available. If you have an ebook and a print version for them to compare its price to, then you automatically entice them to buy the cheaper ebook (provided that you set the price to $2.99 as recommended by Amazon). This may be different on other self-publishing sites, where my knowledge on the sales trends is small, so keep that in mind if you’re not using Amazon.

You can also self-publish without any publisher at all, and instead post your work on a blog. I honestly don’t see the logic behind this move, since an author almost always publishes their work to make a little side money, but if that’s what you want to do, go right ahead. All I can say for sure is that this has become a thing among some more traditional presses.

If you like what you see, don’t forget to reblog and follow. See you guys next time.

–N.L., 2017


Author: napoleonlovecraft

Napoleon Lovecraft is a blogger and author from the suburbs of Maumelle, Arkansas. Born in 1988, Lovecraft is a lover of the fantasy genre. It is his goal to write in as many fantasy subgenres before he kicks the bucket, with stories ranging from short stories to full-length novels. His debut novel, Kingslayer, is expected to be a unique take on the High Fantasy genre, having been told in first person and aided with footnotes, not to mention the fact that it is set in a non-medieval fantasy world. Lovecraft is studying for his BA in both Professional Writing and Creative Writing at the University of Central Arkansas. He lives in Greenbrier, Arkansas with his family, where his dog and seven cats keep him in line.

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