From small publisher to self-publishing

This author has been and is still contracted with a small publisher. She is also a self-published author using createspace for her printing purposes. The steps to go from having someone else do all the work to being responsible for your own books completely are not too dissimilar. As an author, it is our responsibility to write the stories, edit them and then make sure that the publisher has everything needed to produce a print-ready copy of the story. The publisher is responsible for interior illustrations, cover and layout. On the other hand, as a self-published author, it is our responsibilty to write the stories, edit the stories and make sure we have everything necessary to produce a print-ready story. In some cases, we hire someone to do covers and interior illustrations (as is my case) as well as the layouts. In others, we decide to do our own covers and if artistically creative, interior illustrations (if applicable) as well as the layout ourselves.

So why choose self-publishing using a print service like createspace.com? For me, it was the only option I had after a small disagreement with my publisher about the title of my, at the time, fifth state story (published as my now fourth state book) and the need to get books out quicker than was possible through my publisher. I don't have any problems with going a traditional route but when you are doing a large project like a 50-book series, it is necessary to go a different route to accomplish the goal of getting the books published.

There are many options for self-publishing (xlibris, Trafford, lulu.com, booklocker, iUniverse, AuthorHouse and createspace.com). Angela Hoy from Writersweekly newsletters does an excellent job comparing all of these but what she doesn't talk about is the "free" side of two of these - lulu.com and createspace.com. But are such services absolutely totally free? Other than the cost of printing a proof copy, createspace does have a totally free option, but you get no distribution with that. The last time I had published with lulu.com (eons ago when I first published some short stories), I had to purchase my ISBN but I think they have gone to providing ISBNs now (haven't checked it out in a while, so don't quote me on this) and I think they have a totally free option as well, other than paying for proof copy printing.

Making the decision to self-publish? Not sure why createspace.com is a good option for you?

Join Nancy Famolari and myself Friday, September 16th at 4 PM EST for a free workshop on using createspace.com for printing or self-publishing needs. We will discuss the two sides (doing all the work yourself versus hiring out persons to do covers and layouts) as well as some of the actual costs in using createspace, being your own publisher.

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Elysabeth's Bio


Ma America, The Travelin' Maven, is a traveler from birth. She has traveled with her family due to her father being in the military. She has lived in several states and overseas during her childhood. Ms. Eldering calls South Carolina home these days with a mindset of "Southern by choice, not by birth." She entered her first writing contest at the age of 41 and took second place for a children's mystery story, which has inspired her to take that story and write a series for children, the premise being that each state would be the mystery. Her series has a Jeopardy!® like style to it but for guessing the state in the form of a question. Each book concentrates on one state and there are supplemental study guides available, which take the series cross curriculum. For more information on the series, please visit the JGDS website. Elysabeth may be reached at eeldering at gmail dot com with any questions or to place an order.

Elysabeth is also working on a YA paranormal mystery (Finally Home) which will be released soon. More information about her other writings can be found on her non-JGDS website.

JGDS website
JGDS blog
Elysabeth's everything else blog
Elysabeth's other writings website

11 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to the workshop - I'm considering self-publishing for some of my poetry.

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  2. Maggie, thought you already used self-publishing for your poetry. I'm working on the handout so I can get that to everyone Wednesday. It's really fun to self-publish and not as expensive as some of the other places listed in this article.

    Hope to see more folks register for workshop - see you all in the postings - E :)

    Ma America, The Travelin' Maven
    Author of the JGDS, 50-state, mystery, trivia series
    Where will the adventure take you next?
    http://jgdsseries.blogspot.com
    http://jgdsseries.weebly.com

    Elysabeth Eldering
    Author of Finally Home, a YA paranormal mystery (coming soon)
    http://elysabethsstories.blogspot.com
    http://eeldering.weebly.com

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  3. Wrong Maggie -- it's Magdalena Ball who self-publishes already. I'm Margaret Fieland, and I haven't yet.

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  4. LOL. Margaret, you use Peggy as a nick name, don't you?

    Great information, Elysabeth. I'm looking forward to the workshop also!

    I shared this post, as should everyone who stops by! :)

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  5. Margaret - I'm sorry for confusing with you someone else in the group. That's what I get for not paying attention - lol. Forgive and looking forward to having you in the workshop Friday. We have about 25 registered so far and Ihope they all show up or most of them do anyway. See ya'll then - E :)

    Ma America, The Travelin' Maven
    Author of the JGDS, 50-state, mystery, trivia series
    Where will the adventure take you next?
    http://jgdsseries.blogspot.com
    http://jgdsseries.weebly.com

    Elysabeth Eldering
    Author of Finally Home, a YA paranormal mystery (coming soon)
    http://elysabethsstories.blogspot.com
    http://eeldering.weebly.com

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  6. Hi ladies. I've been on a break till November. I'm dealing with medical stuff and family stuff. Ugh!

    Sounds like a great workshop.

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  7. Karen, you're right -- my nickname is Peggy. Nevertheless, I use "madcapmaggie" as my handle.

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  8. Ha - I'm honored to be confused with Peggy - it wouldn't be the first time, us both being poets and all! I can't make the workshop unfortunately, but there are certainly arguments for self-publishing - some of which are the speed (much much faster process because you can control it - waiting for traditional pubs is frustrating!), 100% of the profit (instead of 10%!), and control over cover, titles, etc. I've gone both traditional and self-pubbed, and continue to do both - they aren't mutual exclusive - what you learn in one can help with the other.

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  9. Great post, Elysabeth!! Peggy, hope you enjoy the workshop! Maggie, good comments. The two types of publishing can be helpful to each other. I have to admit I like being in control of my product!

    Karen, hope you enjoy the workshop!

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  10. In view of the series you are publishing, I understand the need to go it on your own if it moves things along faster and you also have full control over your material.

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