Purple Prosaic :: So, You Want to Self-Publish

APRIL 2010
10,000 WORDS


Purple Prosaic is a self-publishing label featuring the nocturnal emissions of eroticists Alessia Brio & Will Belegon.


In the rapidly changing environment of digital publishing, many authors are asking themselves whether they truly need the services of a traditional publisher. Is it really necessary to have a large chunk of their sales revenue withheld by a distributor and a publisher? This book provides valuable lessons learned regarding one author's journey through the waters of self-epublishing. Discovered via trial-and-error, these nuggets will enable authors to determine whether they have what it takes to go it alone on Amazon Kindle and beyond. Whether you want to self-publish one short story or your entire backlist, this book will get you started.


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Why would you want to self-publish? Well, could be you've been rejected by other publishers, and self-publishing is a last resort—which could mean that your work is either (a) too far outside-the-box for a traditional publisher or (b) really bad. Or perhaps you, like me, just want to sit in the driver's seat of your writing career rather than paying an agent or an editor to chauffeur you around. Whatever the reason, I hope you find something of worth in this publication.

Then there's the money. No matter how you do the math, the percentage of each sale that ends up in your bank account is an order of magnitude greater without a publisher—and potentially an agent—taking a cut. Of course, your sales numbers may be an order of magnitude lesser. Never know until you try, though. Readers, if they like your work, will follow you regardless where or how you are published. It's the capture and subjugation of new readers that's tricky.

Are you determined to retain creative control of your work? Self-publishing makes it possible. There are those who argue that publishers serve as filters for the chaff which should never be published. I say let the readers decide what they want to spend their money on. If your book sucks, they'll not buy your next release.