No, I Do Not Want To Self-Publish On Amazon. Thank You For Your Concern.

16 thoughts on “No, I Do Not Want To Self-Publish On Amazon. Thank You For Your Concern.”

  1. Same. Here. Not the Amazon part, but definitely the “You’re writing a book? Have you heard of ____ self-publisher?”

    And I agree wholeheartedly with your stance.

  2. I agree, there’s something, final? or professional? I’m not sure, it’s a hard to desire to name. There’s something more tangible and symbolic in the success of having a book traditionally published and sitting on bookshelves.

  3. Total agreement here. I’m still at the beginning stages of my book, but when I get ready to publish I am doing it the old fashioned way! Best of luck to you. Keep that positive energy, it works wonders. And if things are looking sketchy, you can always say a quick prayer to my grandma (always works for me)

  4. I love this post. I nominated you for an award – not sure if you accept these things or not, but it’s there if you’d like it. No offense taken if it’s not your thing, but your blog is fantastic and I just wanted to throw your name round a bit. Cheers.

  5. I am just finishing process of having my memoir professionally edited (quite expensive, by the way). I was convinced, the way you are that traditional publishing was the way for me to go. I started researching agents and publishers. I’m a member of the Writer’s Market. I’m serious.

    Then I read a book about the changing nature of the publishing industry given the reality of the e-publishing phenomenon. The closing of Borders was a harbinger of a trend away from print and toward electronic formats. There are 6 or 7 major publishing houses now and countless small, independents. Breaking in is harder than ever and, if you want to make any money at all on your book, royalties are pennies on the dollar. I was surprised by all that I learned.

    I, too, want my book in bookstores. I want to pick it up and flip through it. I want to sign it. I want my mom to read it–my mom who doesn’t even own a computer or e-reader of any sort. The idea of self-marketing scares me and sort of repulses me. I’m not that kind of person who is good at saying, “Hey, buy my book! It’s the best thing out there!”

    But I did my homework and found out that I can e-publish and create paperback versions of my book through Amazon. Maybe I can have the best of both worlds. If my book does really well there, agents or publishers may take note and seek me out. While my thin skin may not be able to handle piles of rejections that take months to trickle in, I could handle an email from an agent wanting to pick me up! πŸ™‚

    Every author has to do what they feel is best. I just wanted to share with you what I’ve been finding out, especially since we feel the same about wanting real books in real stores. I plan on producing enough paperbacks so I can stock my local small bookstore and a few local libraries with copies of my book. I just want it out there.


    1. Thank you so much for providing some more insight into self-publishing. I’ve actually been learning more about it, especially since attending the Writer’s Digest Conference last weekend, and am starting to seriously consider it. I guess I have to decide if I’m willing to invest in my book myself or wait for someone else to do it. But thank you again for the insight, I hope your book is out there everywhere soon!!

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