Showing posts with label self-publishing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label self-publishing. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Just dropped by...

I know what I said... I am spending less time here. I still want to scan the topics of the agents blogs to keep an eye out for things of particular interest to me. I save them for future reference. Remember my lesson on MS One Note? Well, scroll back... I don't have time to link.

Anyway, I recently posted on the topic of self-publishing, and, to be balanced, (especially since I have no personal experience) I wanted to share this link with you, to allow for the other side of the story...

Eric, at Pimp My Novel, posted this article today: Self-publishing: Great Idea... or Worst Idea Ever? In this post he talks about statistics, and the reasons, pro and con, for self-publishing.

If you are serious about writing, I do encourage you, as I have in the past, to follow many of these agents' and editors' blogs. They are an ocean of advice, free for the taking! Check my sidebar for some of the ones I follow, plus there are more listed on my profile page.

The series on self-publishing by Morgan Mandel is very helpful to anyone choosing that route. I tried posting her links in that post; but, for some unknown e-reason, blogger wasn't cooperating that day, and I had to delete them. If you would like to read more from her, here (hopefully) are her links:

Morgan Mandel

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Self-Publishing... Is it right for you?

Let me start out by stating that if I choose to go the route of a standard publisher, I will certainly do so only with agent representation. Even though I've only been following the blogs for a short period of time, I have learned that it's well worth it to have an agent do the hard work. Yes, writing and editing seem to be the easy parts. It's work, but it's on your time at your pace. Once you're ready to submit, it's a whole other ball game!

However, I still have not ruled out self-publishing. When I've finished my manuscript and received professional critiques that tell me I'm the next Dan Brown, I will seek an agent. What if I'm not? What if it's just a good book. I've done very little research into self-publishing. I checked some sites back when I first started my WIP. I had never read an agent's or editor's blog. I didn't even know about blogspot then; but now I do. I spend so much time reading and learning, writing notes, copying links, that I've not gone back to researching the self-pub route... until now.

Morgan Mandel at The Blood-Red Pencil just posted her seventh post of a seven-part series on self-publishing. If you have even the tiniest inkling that self-publishing might be for you, I encourage you to read the seven-part series. Morgan laid out clearly every step of her process, from the legal aspect to selling the books. She also included links to the sources she used in her journey. She shared details of how she used Word to format her ms for the print size, plus disclosed the other software she used.

You will note in her comments that she does respond to questions. I left a comment inquiring about her cost, which she promptly answered and openly revealed. I urge you to visit her sites; and hey! How about buying her book? I read the excerpt and I'm going to get my copy!