I didn’t realise there were so many companies out there, wanting to help writers self-publish their book. They offer help with: editing, manuscript assessment, cover design, getting an ISBN, putting your book in all the different formats, distribution and marketing, setting up a website *deep breath* and they will send you 100 copies of your finished book. All for a princely sum of money. You retain the copyright and publishing rights to your book, however.
I guess that’s where they differ from the traditional publishing houses. Correct me if I’m wrong.
What I don’t want to do, is end up with 100 copies of my book gathering dust and no-one ever knowing it even exists.
For me, the marketing and distribution seem to be the scariest, most difficult and overwhelming parts. I’m pretty sure I’m going to need an immense amount of help and a big campaign to get my name out there for the first time. What’s the point if this book never finds its audience?
I know I can write a book; doing all the production myself and upload it on several sites for free. It certainly won’t be as polished and I’ll be disappointed with the result.
What to do? What to do?