Re: [mythsoc] self publishing
- At 12:50 PM 3/12/2004 -0500, Elizabeth Apgar Triano wrote:
>Is there really any reason that a person couldn't publish their own bookGenealogy books, local histories - things with absolutely positively
>for their own enjoyment? Groups publish cookbooks and geneaology
>information all the time. Would it truly eradicate any future chance of
limited markets - are good candidates for self-publishing. Anything else,
particularly fiction: yes, you are limiting your market by self-publishing.
(There are people who make good money from cookbooks.) J.K. Rowling had
trouble selling the first Harry Potter book. Eventually it was bought by a
publisher who gave it a good editing job, which increased its potential
tremendously. Had she given up and self-published it, it would have sold
copies to 75 of her friends, and none of us would ever have heard of it today.
>The difficulties lie, I think, in sorting the companies which offer goodUnless you want to become a publisher, you shouldn't have to learn about
>services from the scams and cheesey service joints. I think paying for the
>full process the first time around isn't necessarily a bad idea. I
>wouldn't have a clue how to do half this stuff, like ISBN numbers and cover
those things. If the big publishers don't buy your fiction, try smaller
ones. If they don't, write something new, or join a writers' group, or try
short stories, or something. There aren't small specialty markets for
fiction the way there are for non-fiction on specialized subjects.
Beginner self-publishing of fiction serves no purpose except to gratify the
author's ego and sell a few copies to a few of her friends: it won't get it
out to an audience. Unless there's something really extra-special about
the work, and if there is, it WILL eventually sell to a real market if you
only let it.
- David Bratman