If you had completed an e-book and a literary agent seemed interested in it, would you go that way or do you think it would be more of an advantage if you published it yourself?
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To dashingscorpio: Cannot fix the typo in my comment below, but what I intended to say is - I do love the moniker !!
Thank you Tim Mitchell. You have opened my eyes to so many points that I was not aware of. I am nowhere near publishing an ebook, but I feel it is something to research.
I have not looked hard at the e-book market and means to publish other than Kindle. The nitty-gritty of any publishing is the costs, the marketing to promote a purchase, and its distribution means. Without awareness no one will purchase it.
As Tim alluded to: writing the book is the easy part.
Marketing & promotion in addition to getting great editorial reviews is the challenge. Some people don't have the time, money, or the will to invest the effort to sell their book.
If you're interested I have a couple of hubs on the subject.
They're geared towards writing non-fiction
Authorpreneurs: Self-publishing With Pride!
Authorpreneurs Part II: Is this the way to go if you offer coaching services?
I am in no doubt that many will go through that kind of experience. There are so many books offered that it is a wonder that some make it through to the paying reader. It is an interesting subject though, don't you think?
It's unrealistic to expect to become rich off of one book. However if you get some good (editorial) reviews, promote via radio guest spots, social media, or hire a book publicist you should sell some books. One has to promote like it's a job!