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How to self publish a book

What is self publishing?

It is basically publishing your own work as the author, rather than using a third part publisher.

Should you self publish?
There is a complete divide on this debate. I personally would self publish rather than use a traditional publisher, for many reasons:

self publish
  • You get to maintain complete control over your work.
  • You can work to your own set deadlines.
  • You pay less out in royalties and are thus higher paid.
  • Your work, stays as your work and you do not need to face the decision of having to change it.
  • You can print on demand.

There are also some drawbacks to self-publishing:

  • You are on your own with no backup support.
  • You will have to market your work yourself.
  • You will have to spend money before you make it.


If you are struggling with the decision of what to do, weigh up he pros and cons first. I personally would choose to self publish because i know about marketing and will therefore be able to market my own work. If you are not knowledgeable about marketing you can get someone to offer Internet marketing advice.

I do not often recommend companies but having researched self publishers i have no problem recommending lulu.com. They are the leaders in print on demand, making self publishing easy for all authors and beginners.

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