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Self-publishing: why (or why not) and how


This post summarises a workshop led by Monographer at the 2012 annual conference of the National Association of Writers in Education on 10 November.


There are many reasons why self-publishing is burgeoning. Some of them are summarised in this post on Kindle Nation Daily (15 Dec 2011): ‘8 reasons self-publishing is entering a golden age‘.

Various sources have itemised what traditionally publishers do. For example, Scholarly Kitchen has published ‘60 Things Journal Publishers Do‘ (18 Jul 2012).

Q1. What are the main advantages to the author of self-publishing?


1. You get it out there.

2. Publishing is itself a creative process and can prove enjoyable, as can learning about it.

3. You have control over your project – over its content, extent, design, etc.

4. You may earn money from (a) direct sales, (b) rights, and (c) indirectly – from, for example, being invited to talk…

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