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The Truth About Self-Publication

                 I have nothing against self-publication, per se, as long as you are fully aware of what you're getting into. What I oppose is the plethora of inaccurate, misleading information that is prevalent, and the making of unrealistic promises by many of the leading publishers soliciting business from self-publishers. Please know this: even when you self-publish, your work will still be judged by commercial standards. No, the average reader doesn't know nor understand all specific issues of commercial publication, but prolific readers will recognize that something doesn't feel quite right in text that doesn't meet commercial standards. Since self-published work carries a negative connotation to begin with, readers may readily assume that the work is inferior without even knowing specifically why.




Avoid telling a story within a story. When one character tells a story to another or relays extended events, your reader may lose interest if it goes on too long.

Instead, segue into a flashback to present the story in real time.

Source of books by Michael Garrett, book doctor, manuscript editor and instructor of writing workshops

Even self-published authors need the services of a professional editor

Why? Because all published books are judged by commercial publishing standards. Don't expect your reader to cut you any slack because you self- published. Regardless of how slick and professional your self-published book may look, it will be judged inferior if it doesn't meet commercial standards.

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Self-publication itself is easy. It's selling self-published books that can be a major headache!

The best candidate for a self-published book is a non-fiction effort on a subject of which its author has considerable experience and can sell books out of a box at speaking engagements. Other logical candidates include books that are not intended to have broad appeal, such as family histories or those targeted at relatively small audiences.

Should you elect to self-publish, you're encouraged to shop around. The big guys aren't always your best bet. Many smaller publishers, even some located in Canada, offer excellent service at affordable prices.

Keep this important point in mind: When you self-publish, the publisher makes money from you, whereas when you're commercially published, the publisher profits only from the sale of your books. There's a huge difference.

Free special report for self-publishing clients who use my editorial services. For details, see my companion site.


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There's a potential conflict of interest involved. These editors may not be completely honest with you because they want to publish your book (at your expense, of course). They have a tendency to sugar-coat their comments and encourage you to publish your book prematurely, before it is truly ready. I routinely hear from disappointed authors whose works were praised by in-house P.O.D. editors, but proved embarrassing when subsequently reviewed by independent sources following publication, and of course then it's too late.

Should you decide to go to the expense of self-publication, make your book the very best it can be by obtaining the services of an independent book editor.

I also advise you to take your time and get it right; otherwise, you might embarrass yourself. I've been approached by many clients who have put themselves on a self-imposed deadline. Always allow plenty of time for a thorough rewrite following a manuscript edit. Rushing the process will almost always prove harmful in the long run.

Another tool to help you develop a career as a professional writer is my book, The Prose Professional:

Prose Professional  by Professional Editor Michael Garrett