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In the past ,Vanity Publishing was frowned upon but with e-publishing so readily available, that's no longer the case. Have you self-published anything via Amazon or something similar? What was your experience like? What do you think of it as a concept? Is it worth it? I'd love to hear your thoughts and views.

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Hi Naomi :)

Just going through the process now with book up for sale for two days now with Amazon. I blogged about the experience on Sunday and will continue with on-going blogs about marketing, sales etc etc over the next few weeks.

Overall though the experience has been positive, forced me and my stories out into the light (like babies toddling off into the unknown) and feedback has been awesome.

Decided to go with compilation of short stories first though rather than novel-length works and I'll probably repeat the process in the NY with another short story compilation before considering novel-length publication...

Thanks! This was really informative! You obviously have more published stuff than I do to work with and perhaps more tech know-how too (this is what is really holding me back to be honest!) I'll try it in the New Year sometime but I do need to plan a bit first! I was thinking of starting with a novellette...

Naomi Rawle said:

Thanks! This was really informative! You obviously have more published stuff than I do to work with and perhaps more tech know-how too (this is what is really holding me back to be honest!) I'll try it in the New Year sometime but I do need to plan a bit first! I was thinking of starting with a novellette...

Some publishers are selling short stories as digital  'stand-alones'.  I've just submitted to a publisher calling for stories 8000-15000 words.  This may be another way to go, although not necessarily through a publisher, ie self-publish via amazon.  I haven't looked too much into single short stories as opposed to anthologies but I know there is a market there (I've come across other publisher calls for this, including some of the bigger names in Writing Magazines market pages) - you could maybe use it as a confidence builder/practice run before putting up your book. 

I have a few such stories which I have submitted but no acceptances. I had quite a few personal replies which included wonderful compliments both on the stories and my writing which was nice but the bottom line is I want things published!

But to what lengths should I go? Do I wait or get on and do it myself? I am bugged by the 'stigma' of vanity publishing (call me old fashioned) you know, if someone else in the business doesn't want it then perhaps it isn't good enough (yet). Of course I know it could just be I haven't found the right place! We can all come up with successful authors who ate piles of rejections before their big break, even so...

I'm standing on the High Dive Board dithering. Will I do a Super double flip Olympic style or a belly flop? Or even just a respectable in-between 'something'? Till I jump, I won't know!

Thank you for your advice!

Hi Naomi,

I've put a few things up at Amazon. Some were published through BookRix.com which was good in that you can put up drafts for review by other writers and BookRix takes care of the publishing process (for a cut of the profit, of course). I've also self-published at Amazon and although it was a bit more work I think the process went pretty well. But the real catch is marketing. It just takes an extraordinary amount of time (in my opinion) and it's not something more writers enjoy doing. It also explains, to some degree, why some truly poorly written stories still receive fairly respectable sales while some incredibly creative stuff languishes. But to answer your question, I don't think there is a correct answer here. If you have the patience and stamina (and thick skin) to keep sending out to publishers then you may get better results. But I've also heard some horror stories about publishers so even that's no guarantee.

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