This page is dedicated to people who want to self-publish their books.
an independent publisher is challenging, but also very rewarding. If
you like having control over your own productyour bookand
you want to handle or manage all the steps involved in publishing (such
as marketing, publicity, copywriting, production, planning, selling,
warehousing, dealing with finances), then self-publishing is where you
Self-publishing is now a thriving industry on its own. Superb
books are being self-published everywhere, proving you don't have to
have a big publishing house to get your book out to the world.
does it take to become an independent publisher?
A computer and some computer know-how (self-publishers often take
computer classes to brush up on skills)
to work on the book (can you dedicate 10 hours a week?)
to delegate and create a team of professionals to help (e.g., an editor,
a graphic artist for the cover and interior design, a proofreader
for the final review, a book manufacturer/printer)
to pay for your book upfront (with the knowledge that the profits
you make from sales should more than replenish the funds, compared
to having your book commercially published and waiting for any royalties
to come your way)
Communications offers a Self-Publisher Consulting package
for people who are new to self-publishing. You will get advice on:
a book, from A-Z
up a team
the right printer
and getting publicity for your book
into others areas, such as movies or television, foreign rights, specialty
email Barbara Munson for details.
best thing about being an independent publisher is that you don't
have to do it alone. Many organizations and events are out there to
help you succeed. Here are just some of them:
Marketing Association Visit www.pma-online.org
Learning who are the players in the industry and networking
are both key elements of successful book publishing. The largest of
the book conferences is BookExpo America, which will be held in Washington,
DC in 2006. A great experience. www.bookexpoamerica.com
regional publishing association is always there to help. I belong
to the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (www.cipabooks.com).
They provide valuable information, tips and techniques and the all-important
regional association I belong to is Publishers Association of the