The last few weeks I’ve been seriously considering self-publishing as the route to go for my work. The idea has always kind of hung around in the background, but the companies people recommended to me always seemed so…sketchy. I had this idea that I would throw out wads of cash to get 40 copies of a book that no one would ever get the chance to read. That view of things seems to have changed in the last few months.
Is it the ebooks that altered things? Because now an author isn’t limited to a minimal bundle of copies to give to grandma and Aunt Mae in Calgary – now they’re able to offer a wide-spread distribution in some form?
Is it because there are so many talented, capable and business-savvy writers have gone this route, that the stigma seems to have eased, creating a wider berth between self-publishing and vanity press?
I’m not really sure of the reason, but I know that a number of people I respect as authors and whose work I love have chosen the option of self-publishing and they seem more than satisfied with the results. I’m sitting back over the next couple of weeks to weigh the pros and cons, research my options, but considering my greatest reader base here (I’m thinking. Could be wrong. Apologies to those who aren’t, if I am!) are the writerly/readerly sort, I’d really love to hear your thoughts. Recommendations? Suggestions? Warnings? I’m open to them all.