It seems we are all dummies when it comes to self-publishing. Two decades ago I was a key player in a small traditional publishing house. When I discovered print on demand, I resigned. Knowing the pitfalls of traditional publishing, I was excited by the implications of print on demand publishing. I understood a new day had arrived in the book publishing world!
Self-publishing had always been snubbed by the academic world and traditional publishing. The strong bond between traditional publishing and academia assured the success of scholarly writers of a certain social standing. Now, because of print-on-demand publishing, so called normal people may circumvent the traditional publishing route. The new bond between self-publishing and print-on-demand has given rise to democracy in publishing. This means, self-publishing is doable and affordable for other types of writers aside from scholars and celebrities.
Another decade later, I am a publishing coach, a new profession that helps multitudes to write and publish their books using print on demand and other methods. As digital publishing matures, more of my clients arrive from the academic world. Subject to the law of the land, “publish or perish;” where self-publishing was previously embarrassing; scholars are now jumping on the digital publishing bandwagon.
What are the Benefits of Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing?
Consider the following positive aspects of self-publishing versus traditional publishing.
What are the Steps to Self-Publish a Book?
How Can I Sell My Self-Published Books?
Selling self-published books includes:
What is a Book Coach?
Save thousands of dollars and hours of time by hiring a good publishing coach who understands the chronological order of the process of publishing a book. Book publishing is a full-time job for months or years, depending on the size of the manuscript. Picture a publishing coach who is similar to a general contractor who builds a structure. Without a publishing coach, you will fill the role of a general contractor for your book project.
Your book coach coordinates, schedules, and budgets all services and activities to construct your book. However, most people cannot do these technical tasks and often hire notice works which may result in major delays and complications. Instead, hire specialists who are experiences in the world of book publishing. Remember, your book coach is already connected with a network of book service experts.
Notably, print on demand makes publishing a book inexpensive. Since this process is technologically challenging, consider hiring a book coach to help you create professional and accurate files for your printer.
For more information on self-publishing, read Wikipedia's article on the subject.