Writer and “WriterBeware” advocate Victoria Strauss in an interview about self-publishing:
“It used to be most of the questions I got were about agents,” author Victoria Strauss says. “Now they’re mostly about small presses with horrible contracts, or the owner is running them out of their bedroom… the small press world is a real minefield, a big risk area for these writers.”
“The most important thing for a writer to do is educate themselves ahead of time. In order to make an informed decision, you really need to have an understanding of the publishing industry as a whole.
There’s a whole host of misunderstandings and myths about these publishing options.
There is also a whole range of options, from getting an agent and submitting to a big publisher to going to small publishers where you don’t need an agent to self-publishing.
If you’re going to self-publish, you need to know why you’re doing it, what you want to accomplish, and how you plan to implement that.
You’ll have to do a lot of work to have success! Many people think they’ll get tons of sales just because a book is listed on 500 websites. That’s not the way it works.”