Authors & Writers, Have You Written a Book?

Self Publish or Not?

As every writer knows, it is usually a long road to publishing your novel or book. If you seek traditional publishing, it can seem impossible. Some writers choose to go the self-publishing route with their books.

If you take the traditional path, an excellent resource tool is the Writers Market Book, which can be ordered or found at your local library. It can also be found online for a modest monthly fee at: http://www.writersmarket.com/Default.aspx There, you can find listings of publisher contact information and submission guidelines.

If you choose to self-publish, there are a number of options including lulu.com, createspace.com, iuniverse.com, Outskirts Press, or Trafford.

I chose to go with lulu.com and am fairly happy with the product. The book is professionally done, well bound, and looks nice. However, I found the cover templates very limiting and I am not sure yet about the promotional tools. Time will tell. I am less than pleased that the ISBN number is not really mine to use with a different publisher.

What is your story? What is the name of your book? Have you self-published? Share your experience with us.

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chander mehra 6 years ago from Delhi

My novel JIHAD REDISCOVERED was published by Publish Amrica in June 2010. In October, it was banned by at least two Islamic states. A few weeks earlier, the publisher requested me write my biography as a follow-up on the success of my novel. I declined on grounds that I cannot be presumptuous enough to into a biographical escapade,

The publisher then suggested a sequel on real life situations like Jihad Rediscovered. I agreed and started writing the sequel; please see my hubs - I have posted the first six chapters and am working on the next.

On November 3, exactly a month ago, Publish America CEO Bryan Winfrey sent a letter to my address in California and said that the company was transferring all the rights to me and that it was also going to destroy all plates and negatives of the novel. Mysterious. don't you think.

I have no money. So, self-publishing is out of thequestion, for both books, JIHAD REDISCOVERED (Revised and abridged version) and the sequel JIHAD AGAINST JIHAD.

Any ideas?


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Scarlett My Dear 6 years ago from Missouri

Working on my first novel.

Scared to death about entering the publishing vortex!

Encouraging myself to JUST WRITE ~ Worry later.

I am following in the path of several family members who are both self-published and who have gone through big publishing houses. There are mixed opinions regarding self-publishing vs. 'Big Daddy' publishing houses.

A lovely and informative read ~

"Create Your Own JOY ~ A Guide for Transforming Your Life" by Elizabeth Jean Rogers/ Self-published w/ Llewellyn Publications

An honest, must read, backed by NPR ~

"This I Believe Books I & II ~ The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women" Compiled and Edited by Dan Gediman, Mary Jo Rogers/ NPR/ Published w/ Henry Holt and Company, LLC

From what I understand, the self-publishing process seems to be more fulfilling in certain respects, but difficult to market.


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Karen Wodke 6 years ago from Midwest Author

I know what you mean, Scarlett. I have one self-published book, a novel for young readers. But my co-writer and I just finished our second novel together, and we are going to try Big Daddy first on both of those. Hopefully we will have some luck. Thanks for the suggestions of books. I will have to check them out. Also, I want to soon do some reviews on the self-published books I recently ordered. Hopefully, they will all be good books. I tried to choose ones that sounded promising.

Let me know when you have your book finished. I am intrigued.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Very informative hub. Naturally your a good writer too. GBY


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Karen Wodke 5 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks, Stars! I appreciate that very much.

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