And I've been hearing a lot of questions from new and/or unpublished writers on the topic of self-publishing. The pros and cons of going the self-publishing route need to be carefully considered before a decision is made. I urge writers to begin by honestly answering a couple of questions:
- Why are you writing?
- What outcome do you expect from having a book in print?
Understanding your motives and clarifying your goals will go a long way to helping you make a decision that will work for you. Then do your homework.
To help you get started, you'll find this post, "If You Are Considering Self-Publishing" by Bev Cooke a worthwhile read. The post is at Harold D. Underdown's blog, "Information About Writing, Illustrating and Publishing Children's Books: The Purple Crayon.
For more on the topic, be sure to read the guest post by Stephanie Gunning, former senior editor at Bantam-Doubleday-Dell titled: "Is Self-Publishing an Impediment to Landing a Publishing Contract?"at The Savvy Book Marketer.