By Vella Munn
Maybe. Maybe not.
My purpose in presenting the self-publishing workshop at the 2015 Women Writing the West conference was to give members as much information as possible in a condensed form so hopefully they can answer that maybe. I've learned a lot in the process of self-publishing about ten titles and don't want to keep my knowledge to myself.
I started preparing for the workshop with a question I hope writers are asking themselves—is running the entire show of going from idea to finished and published project for me? Do I have it in me and do I know what I'm getting into? Can I do the job better than a publisher?
My handout includes the sites I found most helpful when it came to getting firstname.lastname@example.org. In it I list the primary retailers like Amazon and identify the most experienced uploaders. I give some direction about where to look for editors and copyeditors as well as a list of promoters that give writers the most bang for their promotional dollars. There's even help on where to look for reviews and which companies handle print distribution.
That said, if I could tell writers just one thing about educating themselves about self-publishing, it would be to Google the name Marie Force. Marie was in the right place at the right time with the right books and with so much energy she makes my head swim. She is making a fortune as her own publisher now with a marketing team behind her. What has me praising her is her willingness to share her knowledge. Plain and simple, she's a businesswoman. She started the selfpublishing Yahoo group that now has thousands of members. For $20 a writer can take her comprehensive workshop via https://marieforce.com/virtual-workshops I took it a couple of months ago and couldn't recommend it more.
My journey has been exciting/scary/and everything in between. And now that I've done it, what do I think of self-publishing? That's a subject for a different blog but I can be bribed.