Self-publishing can be a more direct way of getting your book out there, as the author won’t have to go through the often lengthy process of finding a publisher. Self-publishing, depending on how seriously you take your work, can also mean that the author’s book doesn’t have to meet the high standards of writing and editing required by publishing houses. Some aspects of self-publishing are:
• Learning how to self publish can be very rewarding because the author has total control over the whole process and is free from outside interference.
• Self-publishing makes selling and marketing the book the author’s responsibility. Often this requires that the author go from bookshop to bookshop, trying to convince shop owners to stock his book, which can seriously cut into the author’s writing time. It is also up to the author to bare x bear the cost of printing and distributing the book.
• A self published author must make sure there is a reachable market for his book, if he wants to recoup the money he spent producing it.
• Since the author is distributing and selling the book herself, it is difficult to get the book widely distributed and therefore make money.
• If a self-published book is successful, there is a good chance of finding a publisher, willing to publish and distribute the book on a broader scale.
A good book to help you learn how to self publish is Publishing Your Own Book by Jon Wynne-Tyson (Centaur Press).