Notes from An Alien

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7 Reasons Self-Published Authors Know Best


I self-published Notes from An Alien because it’s such a niche novel and deserved to be in readers’ hands sooner rather than later. I didn’t have to go through a long, confusing soul/Internet searching to decide.

I didn’t really learn all the advantages of self-publishing till after my book was published and I was doing regular posts on this blog.

In my scanning of my Google Plus Stream, I clicked-through a link that Mick Rooney shared. The author was Mary Louisa Locke and the blog post was, Why Self-Published Authors Know Best.

There are still reasons to go with a traditional publisher but I doubt any of those will ever apply to me.

I feel traditional publishing houses will still exist in the future but in such a transformed shape that we’ll have to find a new way to classify them.

Go read Mary’s post and then, do please, come back and let me know what you think, ok?
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7 responses to “7 Reasons Self-Published Authors Know Best

  1. Simone Benedict August 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    The post provides a great analysis. Thanks for sharing the link. Personally, at this point I’d still prefer the traditional publishing route, but I agree with you. How traditional publishing has existed will probably change.

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  2. Alexander M Zoltai August 17, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Would love, sometime…, to know why you’d still prefer the traditional route, Simone

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  3. Selena August 17, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    She definitely has a solid argument in favor of self-publishing, and it further supports my own thoughts about it. I like the idea of keeping my hands in the process (i.e. being in control ;0 )from beginning to end. It also forces me to learn and keep up with the marketing and sales processes. I don’t want to lean back on my laurels and wait for someone else to decide when or if my work gets published. Thanks for this post and link.

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  4. Simone Benedict August 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Ha, ha, the reply I’d planned was spectacular, I thought. After thinking it over, the traditional route is also time consuming. Plus, I’ve inadvertantly set myself on the learning curve of self-publishing. My answer is no longer spectacular, sigh. In the end, maybe I’m set in my ways?

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  5. Alexander M Zoltai August 17, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Well, Simone, no matter the route you choose, I’d Love to see you published :-)

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  6. Alexander M Zoltai August 17, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    You’re very welcome, Selena.

    And, yes, the control over the process, including the raising up of your own audience is a definite plus, even if it is time-consuming

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