To Print or Not to Print

 2012 Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May Book Giveaway, Day 23:

Today’s question, and my response:

Have you thought about self-publishing? Will you? Why or why not? If yes, what do you think you will self-publish first? If you’ve already self-published, will you do it again? Why or why not? Tell us what you have learned about self-publishing.

When I first started writing, I think I had a bit of an obsession with not just getting published, but getting published in paper and ink books. I’m over that now. I guess I felt that if something was in print, it was therefore more “permanent”, and also, that more people would read it. To be quite honest, I have no idea what the sales figures are for any of the print anthologies and journals my work has appeared in. And even less of an idea whether owners of said media actually read my essays or poetry.

As a consequence, I am far more open to employing a variety of approaches for disseminating my writings, including blogging them on my own blog, doing guest posts for others’ blogs, submitting to online journals, and using other social media. I am totally open to both self-publishing, or traditional publishing, if I should get so lucky, but not until I feel I have amassed enough of a polished collection of work (personal essays, haiku, and haibun in particular), to make sense to try to publish. I’m getting there!


Publish, Don’t Perish

Day 22 of the Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May-Book Giveaway.

Today’s question: Last time I asked a question about self-publishing, it was about whether or not you would consider it. This time, let’s pretend you are considering it at some point in your career and it’s not so much about what you’ll self-publish as what you won’t self-publish. Give us an idea of what you will self-publish, what you won’t self-publish, and why.

My response: I think self-publishing would be a great route to go with for the poetry and haiku I write, since poetry is generally published in limited edition chapbooks anyway. And a collection of personal essays would also be a good candidate for self-publishing, because with the popularity of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, I don’t think there is much of a market for an anthology of personal essays by the same author, unless they are already famous. But beyond that? I guess if I felt I had an idea for a book with universal appeal, or more accurately, with the ability to attract publishers because of its potential to produce revenue, then I might try traditional publishing first. But in all, I don’t think I’d have a problem self-publishing anything.

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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.