Thinking about self-publishing?
A word to the wise: research, research, research.
Make sure that you know what you want–publication on demand (POD), print copies, e-books, or a combination of both–before selecting a self-publishing service.
Amazon’s Create Space, Book Baby, Lulu, iUniverse provide a smorgasbord of services. Your costs will vary depending on what services you want/need, such as design, editorial, marketing, or promotional.
iUniverse, for example, offers book packages ranging from $999 to $7,499 (which includes an “editorial evaluation,” to advise you about any editing your manuscript might need). You pay extra for editing.
Book Baby, on the other hand, provides a variety of customized options that determine will determine your costs.
It is important to remember that most self-published books sell a mere 100-150 copies. In addition, the likelihood of your book being picked up by a major (traditional) publisher or book chain (e.g. Barnes & Noble) after self-publishing is slim.
In addition, you are competing with thousands of other writers who believe that their product is worthy of publication.
On the positive side, self-publishing allows you to bypass agents or traditional publishing houses to get your work before readers.
Likewise, with self-publishing, the time from submission to publication is much faster.
Before submitting your manuscript, consider paying an editor to scrutinize it and give you an unbiased assessment of it.
A well-crafted manuscript might give you an edge in the crowded self-publishing arena.