Wednesday, April 1, 2015

IWSG: Self-Publishing



It's the first Wednesday of April, which means it is April Fool's Day, the day for April posting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, and the first day of the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Good luck to all of you participating in that!

As usual, if you want to check out the IWSG, go here. Our co-hosts for April are: Suzanne Furness, Tonja Drecker, Toi Thomas, Rachna Chhabria, Fundy Blue, and Donna Hole!

Writing-wise, where am I? I've put my novel to the side for a short period of time while I work on the novella, which is shorter, a little less complex and already written because it was a subplot in the novel I queried last year.

I imagine I'll follow this process when it's finished: edit it, ask around for some beta readers, revise it...and then what? Is there even a market for historical novellas? I doubt agents would be interested; it's not like novellas get published all that much in trad publishing.

More and more, the idea of self-publishing the novella has been looming in my mind. I have writer friends who have self-published--some quite successfully--and I know many of my fellow IWSG'ers have self-pubbed as well. Historicals aren't a big market in the world of self-pubbed ebooks, but it's a channel I'd like to explore for the novella, which is, so far, 95 pages long. It's not something I'd want to do for a longer project, but the idea has been nagging at me and I've been reading up on self-publishing as a result.

When I was at Pace studying Publishing, self-publishing wasn't a thing yet--and look at how much it's grown! It's exciting and it's a new set of skills to acquire. I don't expect big sales out of a single novella, but I do want it out there in the world of stories and readers.

Advice? Guides? Steps to take? How did you go about self-publishing, if you have?

14 comments:

  1. I think there's a place for everything. If it feels right you MUST go for it. ^_^ I have quite a few collections of novellas. And I picked up a couple of stand alone ones last year. I think there should be a bigger market for it.

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    1. I've read short story and novella collections this year and I've bought a couple of novellas off Amazon--mostly historical romance, which this isn't. We'll see when I'm done with it.

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  2. Hi Michelle!

    I self-published a series of short stories and poetry last year (actually, it was a compilation of last year's A to Z Challenge) and would be happy to help answer any questions you may have about the process. (Amazon makes it SUPER easy, by the way) :)

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    1. I remember Snap! I have it on my Kindle. Thank you for the offer; you'll definitely have questions coming your way.

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  3. Whether you try self-publishing or opt for the traditional route, I do hope lots of readers will come your way. Wishing you lots of luck!

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    1. Thank you! I think maybe self-pub for the novella and trad pub for the novel. But we'll see!

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  4. I have zero advice on self-publishing or novellas (haven't really done either, yet), but I wish you luck! I do love historical fiction, though, esp. 19th century.

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    1. Thanks! The novella takes place in 1800. The novel is half contemporary and half late Victorian!

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  5. I just self published a novella. That's the great thing about self publishing, you can get those less than novel length stories out in the world. I would recommend looking into it.

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    1. Oh, great! Yeah, I've been reading up on it but I'm still not certain of all the many details of self-pubbing, you know?

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  6. It might be a way for you to find your audience.
    Play off the Page

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  7. I've sold to 2 different publishers and self-pubbed. Self--pubbing means more money (for me). I really like Smashwords guide to publishing. It takes you step-by-step through the process. After that, KDP, Nook, & Kobo are easy. Before that, make sure you have a great cover. If you're not an artist, hire one. Then hire an editor. I can spot errors in other's works but not my own. Good luck whichever way you go. There's no right or wrong way to be published.

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    1. I've heard a lot about the Smashwords guide--and I definitely intend to find a cover artist and an editor. Thanks!

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