Share your experiences please. Did you use a POD, and who? How did you design your cover? What were your upfront costs? Why did you self-publish?
I self publish my work through HubPages, Archive.org, MySpace, and soon to be others.
I will be setting up an account for donations, and also looking to sell my work at minimal price.
I'm driven to create, and feedback is the most rewarding thing.
I'm also driven to find new areas to explore in marketing and making money.
For instance, the things I produce here on HP is ad revenue driven. Neat!
Donna, I answered all those questions of yours in my hub called The Write Stuff about my self=publishing experiences.
I self-publish children's books that I write and illustrate. I sell them from my own website. The major cost was my colour laser printer, which has come way down in price now and is really affordable. I design my own covers using PhotoDraw 2000. I love that program for simplicity. It is an old program but hey it works. The reason I self-publish is because I don't want to wait for a conventional publisher. I want my work out there so people can enjoy it.
I just published my first one through CreateSpace. I used it for the low-cost and wide exposure through Amazon. It cost me only the cost of printing the proofs ($4 plus shipping) and I upgraded $39 to get a higher percentage of each sale. Therefore the upfront costs were not much.
I went this route because I had never published before and was extremely nervous of getting conned since major publishers seemed to not be accepting new authors except through an agent.
My cover is simple and I have a friend who does all the illustrations.
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