Before You Self-Publish Consider Your Options

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Before You Self Publish Consider Your OptionsStop! Don’t rush into self-publishing

If you have a new book ready, or almost ready, perhaps rushing into self-publishing might not be your best move.

Why? Because once you have self-published, you may have cut off other possible and viable alternatives.

For example, Kindle Scout is an Amazon programme designed to discover and sign up new books, but they have to be new and unpublished.

The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is a publishing contract with Amazon, but it is well worth reading the fine print in Amazon’s Kindle Press Submission & Publishing Agreement before getting too excited.

It may not be for every author, but with the backing of Amazon, your book may stand a very good chance of success.

Update: Kindle Scout closed down on 3rd April 2018.

If you have already self-published a couple of books, perhaps you have not considered perusing the traditional route.

While getting a literary agent and publisher is tough, it helps a lot if you have had some success in self-publishing and have a solid author platform, such as social media and blog followings.

Gone are the old days of mailing off printed manuscripts, as now almost all literary agents accept electronic submissions.

Many of them are also on social media, so it is well worth doing a bit of a search and finding literary agents who are working in your genres.

To give you a head start, here is a Twitter list, which includes a lot of literary agents.

Ok, get ready for rejection, but you never know.

Thirdly there is Small Press. While there are many fantastic, hardworking and honest Small Press, there are others who are not.

Angels to demons so to speak, so do your research carefully before venturing too far down this path.

However, if you are accepted by a great Small Press, your chances of selling should be enhanced.

Lastly, there is Vanity Press. The less said about this, the better. Forget it.

With all the above publishing options, except Vanity Press, your book needs to be new and unpublished.

So before you rush into self-publishing, perhaps you could investigate these options for your new book, before you hit the KDP publish button. You can do that anytime.

But once you have done it, you have closed off all of your options.


More reading: How To Get A Book Published – The Five Options You Have


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Derek Haines

Derek Haines is an Australian author, living in Switzerland.

2 thoughts on “Before You Self-Publish Consider Your Options

  • March 7, 2018 at 4:56 am

    I’m a published author. My book was published in Europe. I have now translated my novel and created my own website where I offer my book in an e-book format. I decided not to go through Amazon because you lose your copyrights, you can’t set your own price and their algorithms gave no guarantee that my book would noticed. In this way I’m also free for a potential contract with a publisher. I think Amazon is a ripoff and a disaster for authors (and publishers).

  • April 24, 2017 at 3:02 am

    I tried Kindle Scout and found it to be less than desired. Basically unless you have the ability to promote yourself to the extent of what adds up to a full blown book release, they have no interest. It doesn’t matter how good your manuscript is, just if you can promote yourself,


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