At the turn of the year I was fully committed to a revised second edition of my first novel, The Exercise Of Vital Powers, but it wasn’t until the middle of April that I finally decided to move forward with the project. From the get-go, I knew I would actually have to spend money on my book second time around if it was to have any chance of attracting readers in a way the first edition failed to do. That being the case, I earmarked £2500 as my budget for getting the book published to a sufficiently high standard. This post will let you know where the money went, and if it was well spent. I hope it will be helpful to other authors thinking about going the self-published route.
This is a revised version of a post I originally submitted two years ago, before the revamping of my blog earlier this year. I’m re-posting it, now, because I’m happy to say that I eventually implemented the advice contained within, which resulted in the recent publication of my debut novel.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past decade, you can’t have failed to notice that the publishing industry has experienced significant changes during this period. The advent of the e-reader and, subsequently, the ebook market that online retailer, Amazon, was at the forefront of establishing has been a disruptive game changer.
Once upon a time, the traditional publishers were the sole gatekeepers of the publishing world. What we were able to read was ultimately decided by the publishers because they determined which authors, and which books got published. Today, this is no longer the case. The new status quo, ushered in by the ebook revolution, has created new opportunities for authors and readers alike. Self-publishing is now very much a viable alternative to traditional publishing, providing options that weren’t previously available.