Why would you want to go the route of submitting to publishers and waiting forever for a rejection letter or, if you’re one of lucky chosen few, finally get published and maybe sell a few hundred copies and give most of your sales to your publisher? Maybe, its ego. After all, it’s kind of cool to see your new book on the shelves of your local book seller. You can tell all of your friends and family and they can stop by and maybe buy a copy. Publicity, forget about it, unless you’re a top author, don’t expect any help from your publisher. Be prepared to sink a huge chunk of your money and ego into a publicity tour to push sales.
With the absolute explosion of e-readers, Amazon reports selling more e-books than print earlier this year, why not bypass the whole traditional publishing thing and take charge of your own destiny. Getting your book up for sale on the major seller’s sites can easily be done within a week of completion at virtually no cost. OK. if you can’t design a cover that stands out and looks great, you may need some design help. I’ve completed dozens of covers for around $100 apiece. But that’s about it, all you need to do is write the book, convert it to an acceptable format, epub preferred, but MS Word will usually work as well. Slap a great cover on, then upload to B&N, Amazon and Apple and your book will instantly be available to millions of potential readers.
Send me a comment or e-mail and I’ll fill you in on a few of the details (not rocket science) to get you published in record time. The rest is up to you.