Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: Food for Thought

I’m beginning to think I’d be a lot further along in the game of publishing had I taken this route 2 years ago.  Hmmm…what do you think?  Amanda Hocking did it quite successfully, and now Barry Eisler’s about to switch gears and self-publish.

Here are some links to peruse and contemplate.  I’d love to know  if you’d give a self-published romance novel a read even though there’s a certain stigma of inferiority attached to such literary works.

Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: Which Way Will You Make More Money?

Nathan Bransford says:  “Thanks to Barry’s [Eisler] wonderfully transparent conversation with Joe Konrath, we know he was offered $500,000 for two books, turned it down, and currently plans to (I believe) self-publish his e-books on Amazon with a price around $4.99, or via Smashwords.”

Self-publishing a book: 25 things you need to know by David Carnoy

Mr. Carnoy explains in great detail–easily readable–25 points for those considering the self-publishing route.  Definitely some good food for thought.

Tools for Secure Self-Publishing

LockLizard is a service that Safeguards PDF Security and stops unauthorized distribution of your PDF documents and files, controls what users can do with them, and how long they can be used.

Seller Tools: Five Ways to Sell your Digital Goods Online

Great article on how to sell your work on your own website or blog.

Digital Goods Delivery

Sell downloads on your website and/or eBay with PayPal!

With Payloadz  you can easily upload your PDF, get a buy button and sell your ebook.

How to Publish and Distribute Your Ebook with Smashwords!  It’s fast, easy and FREE!  Publish to the Apple iPad, B&N nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, iPhone and more…  Earn 85% Net at Smashwords, and 60% of List Price from Major Ebook Retailers

Lis’Anne ~ 🙂

2 thoughts on “Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: Food for Thought

  1. I’ve been hearing a lot lately about how people are making a living writing and self publishing. Seems too good to be true. But I don’t think most readers look at who is publishing a book. Now that widespread distrubution is possible, I think self-published book do have a much better chance than ever before. And in answer to your question, I do read some small press romances. I would read a self-pubbed romance it was reccomended to me or I’d heard good things. It’s all about the buzz. 😉


    • It is, isn’t it? All about the buzz. One would have to be committed to promoting if earning a living wage were a major consideration. Although I could really use the money in these trying times, for me it’s more about the dream of having my work open for public consumption. I’m this close [ ] to taking the plunge. Excellent cover art (or more like thumbnail art) is an important factor. Maybe it would spark my writing mojo. I’m so hit and miss these days. So sad when I have excellent critique partners who do their best to keep me motivated!


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