Brief background: A few days ago, Mick, an illustrator from Australia, was kind enough to leave a comment on my bio page, in which he mentioned the somewhat bewildering array of information out there regarding self-publishing and whether to do it all yourself, or outsource it all–or which road between the two options to follow. Here’s my take:
The first step you need to take is back.
If you’re thinking of self-pubbing, then step back. Step away from your project, from the minutiae of research on the how to-s and the what to-s and all that important stuff.
Survey the territory–starting with YOU!
Once you’ve got some distance, look around, at your circumstances, your budget and your resources. As importantly, look at who you are and how you like to work. Are you someone who likes control? Or do you prefer someone else to deal with the details and nitty-gritty stuff, so you just see, and approve or seek changes, at key steps in the project? This will give you some answers about which route to take. Continue reading