When Asked for Advice About Self-Publishing, Visualize a Butterfly

December 2007
by Amy Wachspress

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When Asked for Advice About Self-Publishing, Visualize a Butterfly

by Amy Wachspress

In June 2006, my husband and I founded Woza Books to publish my children’s and young-adult fantasy adventure, The Call to Shakabaz. The book was launched on January 15, 2007, and within weeks I was invited to participate in a panel discussion on alternatives in publishing at our local Mendocino LitFest. I thought long and hard about my journey as a self-published author and about what useful, actionable information I could provide to someone just starting out. Since I imagine that many of you reading this article have found yourselves in these same shoes—and if you haven’t yet, you probably will—I’m sharing my contribution to the panel discussion.

Does It Need to Be a Book?

With the technology now available to us, anyone can be an author, anyone can be a publisher. Because of the many possibilities provided by the Internet, your first decision about publishing should be based on your goals and your intended audience. Research your options. Do you really need to publish a print book? Can you achieve your goals and reach your audience electronically through a blog, Web site, e-zine, or e-book? People are publishing for the wide world every day on their blogs, and some of these blogs are havin…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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