Preparing a Book

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"What's hard about preparing a book for distribution to a wider audience along all the channels they describe in Chapter 12?"
Barrier to entry may be low, but creating a book that looks professional and is indistinguishable from a book published by a "real" publishing house is very difficult and requires a minimum investment of a few thousand dollars. It's hard to get everything just right (if you're a novice at book formatting, Microsoft Word will become your worst enemy). And once you've finally received that final proof, you feel it could be slightly better.
But in my opinion, writing the book is the hardest part. Writing is the only profession I can think of that requires no license, no certificate, no special training, and no special tools. Anyone who wants to can be a writer. All you have to do is write.
It’s completely logical why so many people talk about writing a book (or a screenplay) and so few actually do it. It’s risky. When your novel exists only as a theoretical concept, it’s the best novel ever written. Put it down on paper (I’m a writer, I get to use figures of speech) and you risk realizing that you can’t do it. Or that you’re not good at it. Or that you really don’t enjoy doing it.
So if you can just finish the book, you are already doing good.
The main hard thing about this is just making sure all of the coding is correctly formatted.


LBark94's picture

Such a good point!

It's so true that writing and finishing the book is the hardest part! Honestly, I've started so many books that I've never finished. You're point is also very valid about production of a book being harder if you're not familiar with the programs you use for these. Even using Adobe programs is really frustrating because there are so many different things to do with them. But great points and connections!
Larissa Barkley

ckozma's picture

I think that you make a great

I think that you make a great point here. Writing a book is hard enough, in order to self publish you must be able to edit, print, and distribute. I think the reason so many authors choose not to self-publish is how daunting it seems when you first start creating the book.

Gavin Oliver's picture

I agree that it is hard to

I agree that it is hard to prepare a book and self-publish it. On the flip side, getting even small publishing companies on board with a book is difficult, as well. I talked to author Jon Sealy after the Lit Fest the other day, and he said he was rejected by half a dozen small presses, and even more agents, before Hub City Press published his first book. Publishing either way requires tremendous hard work and great perseverance.

briana.993's picture

I ADORE your point about how

I ADORE your point about how easy it is to not actually write. It reminds me of a point I read about the discrepancy between having a good taste and writing and actually being a good writer. It's hard for your practical skills to catch up with the stuff you've got floating around your head. But the fact that you have good taste means that you'll get there eventually. Practice makes perfect!