By: Brian Feinblum
For writers who have tried to get published by a traditional book publisher – and have been rejected or told to use a literary agent and have never landed one – many will rail against the establishment with cries of “elitists,” “gatekeepers” and “close-minded.”
But now writers have no excuses, no one to blame, no one to stand in their way. They can simply publish themselves. Instead of a gatekeeper in the form of a publishing acquisition editor who not only weighed a manuscript’s quality but its marketplace and the marketability of the author, today’s gatekeeper comes in the form of the author and his level of tolerance of fear and risk. It also comes in the form of resource availability -- in time and/or money.
If one wants to self-publish, there are set-up costs. One must design a cover, edit a manuscript, do interior layout and invest time into learning how to upload a book for sale. If you create an e-only book or print-on-demand publishing, you are spared the costs and benefits of printing thousands of copies.
The choices can be confusing, as there are many, many ways to self-publish. But the good news is this: If you have an idea and you take the effort to write a book, no one can stop it from being published, promoted, and sold but you.
That is both a liberating and burdening feeling for today’s writer.
Publishers still serve many purposes.
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