Now that you’ve written your manuscript and polished it to an inch of its life, it’s time for you to make a big decision. Are you going to go the traditional route and try for an agent and traditional publisher or a small press or self publish? This topic is debated in depth by many, many other people so I won’t address it here. I will assume that since you are reading this blog that you have decided to go it by yourself.
The next question then remains, are you going to publish by yourself or start your own publishing business, if for no other reason than to publish only your manuscript. In this blog I’ll address the issue of publishing on your own without starting a business.
There are many ways to do this, even if you have no idea about the ins and outs of digital publishing, formatting for print books, marketing, tax advantages, etc. There are companies out there that will do all of that for you and all you have to do is upload your polished manuscript to them. They will send you a check every month for the sales. The down side is that they take more money to do all of it, including book cover, formatting digital formatting, etc.
If this is the way you intend to go, then there are a few places that I would recommend looking into. I’m not saying that they are the only companies out there that can do this or do it good but these are the ones that I’ve actually looked into myself and considered them in turn. The two big ones that I would trust would be CreateSpace and Smashwords.
CreateSpace is a subsidiary of Amazon.com. Of course this carries big name recognition. Amazon is arguably the biggest digital book seller in the world. This gives you access to all of Amazon’s markets, even those over seas. CreateSpace is also a POD (print on demand) printer. As someone buys a book, they print and ship it out for you. They make their money by taking a chunk, a large chunk, of the revenue. They even can help you with book covers. The down side is the cut they take.
Smashwords, in my opinion, is one of the best places too market to all different markets. They take your manuscript and digitally format it for all different ebook formats. On this site you can be placed in the iStore, Barnes & Noble, and many more. They are not a POD. However, they get that digital book out there to a large number of markets.
Ultimately it is your decision, and only your decision, what to do with your manuscript. If you are thinking of starting a publishing business to keep more control and more creativity over your manuscript, come back time and time again as I will be taking you step by step how we did it. Both the good and the bad. Stay tuned.