I would like to hear from people on their views regarding self publishing. I decided not to go that route. My short story collection, Monroe's Paranormal Investigations is published by The Living Dead Press and my forth coming novel, The Tale Spinner is published by Otherworld Publications. I was unpublished for a long time, and received my share of rejection slips, but them The Living Dead Press accepted some of my short stories and Otherworld Publications accepted my novel. While I waited, I kept writing. So far I've not had the desire to self publish, but I would like to hear from people who have.
Author of Monroe's Paranormal Ivestigations
and The Tale Spinner
Congratulations on your achievements! I had a couple of short stories published when I first started writing, way back when the web was still very early stages. When my children came along I didn't have enough dedication to continue writing for publication. I only began writing again about three years ago, my first full length novel must have been swilling around in my mind for all that time, as it almost wrote itself. The real hard work came with the realisation that it wasn't the great story I thought it was and needed an awful lot of polishing! Around this time I treated myself to a Kindle, stumbled across self-publishing and thought ooohh! Yes please! The benefits as I see them:
2. Complete editorial control.
3. Complete price control.
4. Almost instant feedback from peers and readers.
5. You can tweak until perfect.
1. Good novels are published alongside not so good & sometimes really terrible novels.
2. Formatting & proof reading can make you go blind.
3. You have to work hard as your own marketing agent.
Oh - just thought of another benefit - I'm in great company! The Indie-author community is very supportive.
I've self-published, so far loving it. Here's a post I did on this subject with some helpful comments from John Franklin, another self-published author.