Any Advice On Self-Publishing?
Posted 08 October 2012 - 02:53 PM
Now that I've graduated from playing in REH's sandbox and writing Conan stories to creating stories about my own original characters, do any of you have any advice on what to do with them?
I would just start by posting them here but, as I understand it, that essentially means giving them to Paradox. Is that right?
Other than sharing with friends, what else would you suggest? What is the world of self-publishing nowadays?
The stuff I'm working on is very pulp-influenced, episodic historical fiction/fantasy. Any advice is appreciated!
Posted 08 October 2012 - 05:49 PM
Edited by Lunatic, 08 October 2012 - 05:58 PM.
Posted 08 October 2012 - 09:25 PM
The short version: buy Scrivener, which is a $40 software program for writers. When you're done with a work, you can push a magic button and it'll spit out the work in a format that can be read by Kindle, Nook, etc. Get some cover art, and upload onto Amazon.com.
Other notes. Read these blogs:
Also: get on itunes and subscribe to The Self-Publishing Podcast
...but I'd love to hear from some self-published authors out there!
"Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." - Henry Louis Mencken
Posted 08 October 2012 - 11:23 PM
Yeah, the Kindle Boards are full of information about sources for self-publishing, getting an editor, artwork etc. It's also very inspiring when you see how many people are writing and actually selling their work.
I haven't gone through the process myself but from what I have read it's definitely worth the money to hire a professional editor.
Posted 09 October 2012 - 05:40 PM
Barnes and Noble's site for self-publishing for the Nook is pubit.barnesandnoble.com. It's also pretty straightforward.
I haven't published anything via Itunes yet, so I don't know about that one.
Posted 10 October 2012 - 01:28 AM
Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:31 PM
Definitely get or hire an editor. The biggest stigma self published and indie books have is the low quality of editing.
On the other hand, there are independent publishers out there what might be interested in what you do.
Try Airship 27 or Pro Se for example, or go to Duotrope.com or ralan.com and just browse the markets.
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