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Anyone on here gone down the self-publishing route?

  1. Kavita Trivedi profile image73
    Kavita Trivediposted 7 years ago

    Anyone on here gone down the self-publishing route?

    I was wondering if anyone had any advice? I want to publish my collection of poetry but want to consider all options. I know it is often hard when going down the traditional route of trying to approach publishing houses but don't want to rule this out. I'm not sure if self publishing is a good idea, as I would want it to sell


  2. Merlin Fraser profile image75
    Merlin Fraserposted 7 years ago

    I suggest you take a long hard look at many Hubs on this subject including one I wrote a few months ago.


  3. Daniel J. Neumann profile image59
    Daniel J. Neumannposted 7 years ago

    I did it. I like Llumina Press. It's a lot of hard work. "It's called self-publishing for a reason" was an article I wrote way back when.

    It's cool to have your idea materialized and cemented in the Library of Congress.

    Good luck!

  4. Kavita Trivedi profile image73
    Kavita Trivediposted 7 years ago

    Thank you both.

    I have checked out IUniverse and Lulu and their deals sound reasonable but does it sell?

    Daniel - has your publication made any money ?

  5. schoolgirlforreal profile image83
    schoolgirlforrealposted 7 years ago

    I have self published 3 books, and got zero sales on them.  You have to hire a book promoter.
    I think getting published by a publisher is best.
    My friend Yvonne Wu of YPPublishing on facebook has tips and she promotes books as well as edits and explains alot of it.

  6. zebulum profile image79
    zebulumposted 6 years ago

    Publishing a poetry book, even with a major press, is like throwing rose petals into the grand canyon. It's a huge sink of time and energy and comes with only a small bump of prestige that fades like day-old make-up.

    Self-publishing poetry is a million times lesser than this. Expect sales of two or three units, in total.

    Self-publishing poetry is probably best done with a blog, honestly. I recommend picking up a wordpress  site, and making it look good, per your vision, and getting your poetry up in that format. It's noble and notable to desire to spread your work into the world, but the cold reality is that random google spider hits on your poems through search will lead you to a larger audience than publishing a poetry collection with a major university press.

    We are living in an empire in decline, no?