This morning I read a dialogue between Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath at http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2011/03/ebooks-and-self-publishing-dialog.html. It offers a strong argument for choosing the self-publishing and e-book path over legacy publishing and paper. It’s titled “A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing”, and it is an excellent read.
I’m still opting for the standard route of submitting to literary agents. But it feels good to have a viable back-up plan.
What does it mean to self-publish? In the words of Barry Eisner: You become your own “editor, line editor, copyeditor, proofreader, jacket copy writer, bio writer, cover art designer, and digital formatter”. And you assume “various marketing and sales elements, too”.
Quite daunting, but perhaps, most rewarding–from a profit perspective and as a model for success.