Reading the Winter 2016 issue of Authors Guild Bulletin I came across Angela Bole’s column on “Indie Publishing: A Primer”
Bole is the CEO and executive director of the Independent Book Publishers Association and her current column in the issue covers all sorts of publishing in today’s world. However, her paragraphs on self-publishing were interesting for a number of reasons.
She writes that the fast-growing segment of independent publishing is self-publishing, and that Bowker — the “world’s leading provider of bibliographic information” — reports that in 2013, 458,564 self-published titles came out, a jump of 17% since 2012, and 437% over 2008.
There are basically two kinds of self-publishing, assisted self-publishing and DIY self-publishing. She is not a fan of DIY self-publishing, saying, “Considering the complexities of the publishing business, there are almost no circumstances in which I’d recommend a fully DIY self-publishing approach.”
She goes onto write, “The best self-publishers know this and contract freelance professionals to oversee editing, design, production and distribution.”
This, of course, cost $$$. She estimates that anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 per book. And she points out that 65% of the Independent Book Publishers Association’s 3,500 members are published authors and all of them indicate they use professional services to help bring their books to market.