Every second of the journey is a new adventure and it is more exciting than I could have imagined! No More Excuses will take the guesswork out of e-book writing and publishing for you. It will hold your literal hand from pinning down your e-book topic to writing the book to editing, publishing, and marketing your masterpiece. Even those with minimal technical skills can easily publish an e-book. As far as I am concerned, the fact that self-publishing is much faster is enough reason to go with that route for everything I write from now on.
Thanks for turning so many of my thoughts into words. Been working my way through self pub for three years and hit many tough climbs up the learning curve BUT do see some advances in the journey.
Now have two novels released in print and e-form and have started the groundwork for the third in the trilogy. I started out determined to be traditionally published. I thought it was the only way. The more I learned about self-publishing, the more I saw the possibilities.
What an interesting discussion. Up until now I have been traditionally published 7 books in small houses and lots of stories worldwide , but now I have started to think about SP as it takes so much time for publishers to decide and they ask for more and more limitations, which makes me really angry. Spot on! Now in its second printing, my self-published collection of essays on home and family life won four awards for creative nonfiction and continues to sell on Amazon and independent stores after 6 years in print.
I sell my own copies when I teach workshops, collecting my own cash which enhances my speaker fee. The only caveat is that some reviewers turn their noses up when they discover a book is self-published. This too, is changing. Then get to know every journalist in your region and get some press.
There are still advantages to a contract with a trade publisher, but to me none of them outweigh the self-pub alternative. I am so inspired by the abundance mentality on this site. I am struggling through the learning curve as I write my first book. It is much more challenging than I ever imagined. Thanks to everyone for sharing your experience and insight. I look forward to sharing my own insight and getting to a point where I too, can help others.
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I probably should have done that since I write in numerous genres and for very different audiences. There are diverse opinions of the topic. Sound argument. To self-publish is frowned upon, laughable and will easily undermine my credibility.
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