Self-Publishing:
Lacking the Old Stigma

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Have times changed, or have I?

I think it's the times. Read what I used to say about self-publishing children's books.

It's all hard, but the marketing is REALLY hard.


There's something very special at the bottom of this page. Authors who have self-published share their experiences with you!

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Almost all of what I used to say about selfpub is still true. (And so I really do urge you to read that other page.) But...

...what I failed to fully appreciate was

  1. that we're living in a new age, and
  2. different people define "success" differently.

I'm going to define success on this page as making a profit on your book. But if you're happy just knowing your book is out there and that children are reading it, well...

There's a lot here for you to learn too. Please keep reading.

There are people who publish themselves profitably.

Of course, those people are still few and far between. And there's one thing they all seem to have in common:

Full realization that it was up to them to market and sell their books.

Simply listing your book on Amazon will not do the trick.

"Build it and they will come" doesn't work. When you take on the role of your own publisher, finishing the writing of your book is only the beginning.

(A self publisher in Australia makes that fact very clear.)


You know what else? People want their children's books how they want their children's books! Just because you can publish a picture book for free as an e-book doesn't mean anyone truly wants it in that form.

In most cases, they don't, so get ready to spend some money.


So what I want to do on this page is expose you to people who have self-published. (To read their experiences, page past the form below.) I want you to learn from their accounts, both positive and negative. Also...

I want you to read the book that inspired me to turn off my negativity about the whole notion of bypassing the traditional children's book publishers.

The Long Tail is about this new marketing age that we live in. Please read what I have to say about it. Then read why a proper website can be an essential part of any effort to self publish and sell children's books.

If you have any personal experience with self-publishing or subsidy publishing, I hope you'll share, using the form below.

What Have You Learned First Hand About Self-Publishing?
(Or Subsidy Publishing?)

Have you done it? Have you done the research and decided against it? If you have any unbiased first-hand experience with self-publishing, people are eager to hear it. Please, please share!

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