I ran across a very interesting article on CNET entitled How to self-publish an e-book and wanted to share it with you along with some comments. As an author who has published books with traditional publishers and via self-publishing, I’ve definitely seen both sides of the publishing spectrum. Let me first give you a background on my experiences with publishing.
My first three books were with Sams Publishing covering CorelDRAW 4, 5 and 6. I really enjoyed working with the publisher and they did a fairly good job of getting the books into retail outlets. They made the decision to not do any more CorelDRAW books and I moved to McGraw-Hill (otherwise known as CorelPRESS) and did the “Official Guide” on CorelDRAW 7, 8 and 9. Just so everyone understands how this works, McGraw-Hill pays Corel for the right to use the CorelPRESS nameplate and the “Official Guide” designation. I found the marketing of the books to be lacking and decided not to continue after the book on CorelDRAW 9.
I had always wanted to do something that combined written instruction with video instruction. Starting with CorelDRAW 12, I began to self-publish. Four ebooks later, I’ve been very pleased with the quality of the products produced. They provide a wealth of information for a very reasonable cost. The downside is that the market for CorelDRAW books is very small and most users are reluctant to spend anything on learning materials that will increase their productivity.
The CNET article covers what I consider a different flavor of self-publishing. Some of the options create printed books in addition to the ebooks. Most are geared towards selling through the major ebook platforms such as Amazon’s Kindle store and Apple’s iBookstore. For the types of books I create, those platforms aren’t a good outlet. Should I create books that are mainly text, there is a lot of great information in the article directing authors of the best ways to self-publish. I’m definitely going to bookmark the article and refer back to it later.
Since many of you create some form of content, I though you would find the self-publishing information useful. After you give the article a read, let me know what you think about it.