Printing on Demand

Day 5 of the  Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May-Book Giveaway .

Today’s question: What do you think about self-publishing, would you ever do it? Have you considered it? More importantly have you checked out the wide range of options available these days?

My response: You know, I don’t have a problem at all with self-publishing. In fact two of my published works appear in POD anthologies; one was published by Booklocker and the other by Lulu. It seems to me the perfect solution for publishing for a work that is intended for perhaps a more limited distribution. Let’s face it. With the glut of books on the market, and more appearing in print and electronic versions every day, not every book is going to be a New York Times bestseller. I think POD is a very cost effective solution for creating books in a timely manner, that fill a certain niche. I’m not sure who coined the term “vanity publishing”; I don’t see any more vanity in wanting to be self-published than in waiting for one of the bigger publishing houses to discover you!

My two writings that appear  in POD anthologies:

  • “Mrs. Schwarz” in Cupcakes on the Counter: The Stoves & Stories of our Families, Memoirs and Recipes collected by RaeAnn Proost. Available from Booklocker and Amazon.
  • “rain soaked lawn” in pay attention: a river of stones, edited by Fiona Robyn and Kaspalita. Available from Lulu and Amazon.

It’s not too late to join in! The complete rules for this giveaway can be found here.