I have just ordered my first self-published book from Lulu.com, having followed a link from a friend on facebook. It is perhaps not a bomb in the corporate publishing world (or maybe it will be- you never know!) but my beautifully illustrated copy of ‘Devon Tales’ will soon be on its way to me, and The Torbay U3A (University of the Third Age) Writing Group is £3 richer!
Self-publishing has become a popular way to share writing with your audience. Some writers use it as a method of attracting interest from agents and publishers, with the hopes of eventually ‘making it big’! Others, like the Torbay group, use sites like Lulu.com to produce anthologies of their work, for sale to family and friends… or in this case, foreign bloggers!
I have no experience in publishing offline, but what I can say about my experience in BUYING a self-published book, is that it was easy! It took less than 3 minutes, from click to pay, using Lulu and Paypal. This is about the length of time that I would normally spend leafing through a novel in a bookshop, when making a decision to buy.
Self-publishing: there are plenty of writers doing it, and plenty more blogging about how they are doing it! Here is a good article I found today which tells us 25 things we need to know about self-publishing a book: