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Should I Self-Publish?


books     Well, that is the question for authors just starting out and even some who are well-established. It’s something my co-author and I are mulling over. There are some who say that self-publishing will kill your career before it even gets started.

 There are many wonderful articles and resources for the author considering self-publishing. Here are a few:

David Carnoy http://reviews.cnet.com/self-publishing/

Dan Poynter http://www.parapublishing.com/sites/para/

Rachelle Gardner http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2010/03/think-hard-before-self-publishing.html

One thing many writers, myself included, find frustrating is that so many mainstream publishers are associated under one huge umbrella. You may believe you are submitting your manuscript to a different publisher only to find out they are an imprint of a huge conglomerate. It feels sometimes like the big traditional publishers have the market completely sewn up.

Ultimately, the writer will have to decide. With print-on-demand, it’s easier than ever to self-publish. But is it true what some people claim? Does the self-published author harm his or her credibility by avoiding the traditional route? Are you brave enough to find out?



Why Blog?

Why blog, my venerated co-author asked me recently. I hem hawed. I dithered. I obfuscated. Then finally, with great conviction, I replied, “I don’t know.” I have since researched the phenomenon of blogging. It sounds like something you might experience after a night of heavy drinking and unwise food choices. It also sounds like the noise one might make while enduring the aforementioned experience. But, while the word ‘blog’ is an unattractive word that calls up disturbing images, the truth is nowhere near as disgusting as one might imagine. It turns out that the term is short for ‘web log’, according to many knowledgeable sources. I am sure they are bloggers themselves, and therefore experts.

 So we now have a blog to go along with our author website: wodke-hawkinson.com

Welcome to our blog!