Self-publishing is getting a lot more respect now a days in part because publishing companies are seeing that it has become very popular, they are following the money and establishing divisions that manage self-publishing. Also, it is being recognized that self-publishing authors do not solely resort to doing so because they cannot cut it: do not write well enough to have their books accepted by publishers, etc.
There are other issue involved such as not wanting to give up copyrights, wanting ultimate creative control, and not wanting to or not being able to, for example as my friend did, pay $700.00 just for a book cover. When you add the cost of editing, front matter, index, marketing, etc., etc., etc. it can easily cost authors thousands to publish their book(s): someone I know is currently paying $5,000 to have his book published.
Indeed, I have a love/hate relationship with self-publishing:
Love it because I am in control, if I want to change/edit anything I do it on my own and on my own time, I can write about any subject I want, etc.
Hate it because there is no marketing involved and so, for example, if you sell them on Amazon you are just a tiny drop in a ginormous bucket and are thus, virtually invisible.
This brings me to the please buy directly from authors point because, back to my example, when you purchase from Amazon they essentially get a huge cut of the money for doing nothing but listing your book on their site (and, of course, they put the paperback together).
Thus, it is always a good idea to purchase books directly from the author as that way, the author make a little more money per book. On Amazon, as my ongoing example, you can click on the author’s name which should take you to that author’s page and their bio should have a link to a website from which you can contact them directly—or, otherwise, just see if you can look them up online.
In my case, you can use this link in order to see my books listed and then contact me so as to order.
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