Way back in 2007, I wrote a blog post about publishing your book online, and getting sales, before you go the traditional publishing route.
In this article, Does publishing your book on the Web help sales? | Write a Book: Just Write A Book Blog, I concluded:
“You get these benefits:
* a readership
* publisher interest once the readership is big enough
* confidence in yourself â€“ readers tend to give you confidence
* motivation to continue writing, because of the interaction with readers.”
So, four years on, is that still a viable route?
My answer: yes, definitely.
The above benefits still apply.
However, these days, you have more options.
My own preferred option would be to self-publish for the Kindle and similar e-readers, as well as publishing some of the material online (site or blog) purely for promotion.
These days, as Amanda Hocking shows, you can build a readership and make money on your own, you don’t need a publisher. Traditional publishing takes years. Self-publishing takes weeks — which do you prefer?
Tip: your options are moot — first and last, you’ve got to write a book. So focus on that. You’ll find that as you write, you’ll get a sense of what’s right for your circumstances. Writing comes first, last and always. 🙂
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