Marty Mokler Banks writes in the Colorado Springs Gazette:
On a recent Sunday morning, I sat at the computer, finger poised above the mouse. With both fear and excitement, I clicked “Publish.” Within minutes, my children’s chapter book, “The Adventures of Tempest & Serena,” was self-published and available in paperback and e-book at online retailers, bookstores, schools and libraries everywhere.
Ten years ago, I never would have clicked that button.
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When the economy tanked a few years ago, traditional publishing was hit hard. Opportunities for authors dried up.
Conversely, improved technology brought free self-publishing tools. Professional services, such as cover design, could be added for reasonable costs. Self-publishing houses such as CreateSpace and Smashwords became major players. By the end of 2012, Smashwords alone carried more than 190,000 titles — nearly double the titles it carried in 2011.
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For me, the jury’s still out. My two previous books, launched by traditional publishers, were an easier process. The self-published book took a lot of time away from writing, and although it has received good reviews, so far only moderate sales. And yet, on a free promotional weekend, the book was downloaded by almost 11,000 people, which pushed it to No. 1 on one of Amazon’s children’s books lists.
So when someone asks if I self-published, I look them right in the eye and say, “Yes, yes I did.”
Link to the rest at the Colorado Springs Gazette
Read the entire article for several nice author/publisher success stories.
-Posted by Bridget McKenna