To Publish or Not to Publish

To publish or not to publish… that is the question.

How many words do you have, again? 289,000? Cut it in half and then half, and then half again. But nobody’s answering your question.  To publish or not to publish?

It’s up to you.

Ask yourself, who is the book for? If it’s for your immediate friends and family, go ahead and have a blast. Write, proof-read, print, gift-wrap your book, and then take a bow.

But what if you want to share your words and ideas beyond your forest of friends, what do you do?

Enter self-publishing. Indie publishing, some call it. But definitely an activity that allows the writer control in every aspect of the production of the book—the rewrites, the proofreading, the formatting, the book cover design= front cover + spine + back cover; the copy for the back cover, printing, marketing, selling, and distribution. The list seems endless and overwhelming.

And it is.

If you have a team of supporters behind you, and the willingness to put in the work—the passion and the audacity to FAIL, brush yourself off and go forward without a blink—then self-publishing is for you.

You could go the ‘relatively’ easy way. Find yourself an agent, and have the agent reel in the big publishers. It may take a week, or years, or not at all before you end up signing on the dotted line. You have to have patience and a lot of faith to go this route.

You could blog from scratch, and blog your book until the finish line, hire a publicist to help you with the marketing, yada-yada-yada.

There are endless avenues that a writer can take to become a published author. Do what’s best for you. (I don’t have the answer.)

But I certainly have a list of links of writers, book designers, and bloggers, who are experts in their field to help you decide what you want to do. (The following list is still being set up. Please come back for more)

Publishing & Book Design : Joel Friedlander gives awesome tips on publishing, focusing on Book Design. He sends out emails to his subscribers regarding different aspects of the publishing process, for print books as well as e-books. Check out his monthly E-Book design competition. I always look out for his comments to learn a thing or two.  The Book Designer  

Blogging & Publishing : Nina Amir is a successful blogger, mentor and author-coach. She is well known for her ability to churn up books from her blogs.