Stop! 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example, Kindle Scout is an Amazon programme designed to discover and sign up new books, but they have to be new and unpublished.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With all the above publishing options, except Vanity Press, your book needs to be new and unpublished.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.