There are alternatives to vanity publishing!
Vanity publishing doesn't work because it's all about vanity.
You don't want to spend $2000 just to publish a book.
How about spending $400? Or even $200?
If you keep your costs down, you can focus on promoting your book ... and writing something new.
Micropublishing is lean, simple, and inexpensive!
Micropublishing avoids the costs of the old-fashioned publishing industry and the pricey imitation available through vanity publishers.
• You don't need dead trees, stacked boxes, shipping trucks, bookstore shelf-space, and complicated distribution networks. You need your words to reach your reader as directly and simply as possible.
• You don't need a tunnel-visioned editor deciding whether you get to tell your story to the world. You need a network of writers and colleagues to help each other publish, refine, review, and market.
• You don't need a lavish cover. You need a clear, sharp image that stands out as a thumbnail on the internet.
• You don't need bookmarks, sell-sheets, marketing plans, media events, professional reviews, and other gimmicks associated with old-fashioned publishing. You need the internet and social media.
• You don't need royalties. You need profits — all of them.
Michael Grass House is no longer taking books...
• But you and your writers group can learn to publish yourselves.
• Read the booklets on this website to learn more about your options for pricing, publishing, marketing, and working with your fellow writers.
• Keep your plans simple. The more you try to do, the more you have to pay for.
• Focus on epublishing. That's where most of the book buyers are. Only nonfiction (e.g., how-to books, business books) and books with a tourism market (e.g., local short stories) sell in hard copy. Check out BookBaby, Kindle, and Kobo for inexpensive epublishing options.
• Read CJ's tutorials on preparing your book for epublishing. Follow his directions to make sure your ebook works.
• For an inexpensive, professional cover, contact Blue Square Designs. For an ebook, all you need is the front cover. For all books, you need a cover that will stand out as a thumbnail on a website.
Romance novel uploaded to Kindle in January 2011. By January 2012, it had sold 18,000 copies.
This illustrated book for special needs youth uploaded to Amazon has become a classic with occupational therapists.
This YA novel was out of print because the publisher had closed down. It was available for purchase again within days.
You should self-publish a book if...
• You're a new graduate or young professional wanting to be noticed.
• You're a novelist weary of rejection letters.
• You're a seasoned professional who wants to share a lifetime of work experience with younger professionals.
• You're the author of a how-to or self-help book that old-fashioned publishers aren't interested in because the niche market is too small.
• You're a writers group sitting on a stack of unpublished manuscripts.