Guidelines For Self Publishing

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Self Publishing Question

I'm beginning work on a how-to type book and am considering going the self-publishing route. Anyone have general information on costs involved. Also, what should I be aware of before embarking on this process? [Asked by Penpal]

You can get a general idea of the cost of self-publishing books by picking up a copy of Reader's Digest. I've seen dozens Print On Demand companies promoting their services in the magazine. There are also articles that discuss the highs and lows of self-publishing.
But I have a question for you...
Have you ever thought about publishing your book electronically?
The reason I ask is that online publishing is cheap, easy, and in some cases, free. You have total control over your work and you can sell an unlimited number of your electronic works. Your ebooks are delivered instantly to your customers, which cuts out shipping costs. And you know what else? You have no contracts to sign and you get to keep almost 100% of your ebook profits. Smiley Just something to think about...
Hope I was able to help.
Answered by Chantal Lima]

Also and are two ebook publishers you must check these for ebook publishing.

Also check out (, a company that self-publishes ebooks for free and handles the transactions. I think it makes sense first to self-publish in ebook format to see what type of results it generates in the marketplace before self-publishing in paperback. Plus it's easier to send ebook review copies to people to garner testimonials for the paperback version.
[added by K.Brain]

Suggested Books
There are two comprehensive guides to Self-Publishing,

Complete Guide to Self Publishing by Tom and Marilyn Ross
The Self-Publishing Manual by Dan Poynter

for anyone considering publishing a children's book, Aboon Books has an ebook,
Could You, Should You Self-Publish a Picture Book? by Anne Emerick
although the title references picture books, it would be helpful for any format children's book.