The purpose of this guide is to outline the steps you can take to self-publish your work. There are any number of paths to getting your book out there, some easier than others, some costly, and some free. We present here the path we choose with each title that we publish to paperback, all ebook formats and in audiobook.
And though this is not a marketing guide, we will touch upon a few marketing avenues and how to go about establishing your author presence. Such is a critical component of self-publishing and in getting your work out there.
A word from the author...
We set up an author booth at a few fairs and holiday bazaars each year, where I get a chance to sign some books, talk to folks about science fiction, fantasy, mountain climbing and just about everything but politics and religion.
During these events I'm often asked how to go about getting a book published, and I'm always happy to take them through it. I explain it all step by step, scribbling notes and website links on the back pages of brochures.
But I'm always concerned that they walk away with their heads filled with dreams of self-publishing the great American novel, only to get home and recall maybe ten percent of all that wisdom I've laid on 'em.
So what I've tried to do with this guide is talk to you as I might talk to that fair goer. You and I are sitting there at my author booth and I'm explaining exactly how we publish our books, and how you can do the same. But now when you walk away from my booth, you'll be taking this guide with you. As you work the process step by step, you will have this as a reference.
And I wish you all the luck in the world.
David R. Beshears