Monday, April 4, 2011

Self-Publishing: Take Two

I am proud to be the host Elise VanCise, author of Half, a paranormal thriller she will be doing a signing for later this week in Lake County Florida. She has a few things to say on the matter of Self-Publishing too! As in does it make you any less of an author to take that route.

Thoughts on being “Self Published”
Being an Independent Author or a Self Published author doesn’t make you any less of a writer than Stephen King or May Higgins Clark. When you see a self published book it doesn’t mean, “it must have been so bad this was the only way to get it published.”
There are many good reasons for choosing to take the ‘Indie’ route. Self pubbing can give a budding author a chance to dip their feet in the pool. Building a readership that will follow them to the publishing house when the gilded contract finally arrives. 
Being an independent author you also are responsible for all of the business side. Why is that a good thing? Well most writers that go straight to a publishing contract are shell shocked when they find out how much work goes into marketing and the financial end.
Self pubbing you’re on your own. Not completely, there are companies and services out there available. But it’s not just tossed at you all at once, you learn as you go. Learning to build a brand for you and your books is an advantage.  Just like your readers this branding will follow you to a publishing house making the marketing they do even stronger.
Being an independent author can give you skills and prepare you for the day that contract comes in the mail. Stand tall and tell those stories. Get them out there and in the hands of your readers. It’s what writers do.
She can be found at:

Her official website
http://elisevancise.webs.com/

Twitter
http://Twitter.com/EliseVanCise

Blog:
http://gladiatorspen.blogspot.com/

2 comments:

Deirdra Eden-Coppel said...

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~Deirdra

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

This is great advice. It was shocking how much work has to be done after you sign a contract and so much of it is 'business' and not writing.