You've heard the expression, "The early bird gets the worm, but the
second mouse gets the cheese." Which would you prefer? You are probably
not terribly fond of worms. You don't even want to think about what the first
What does that have to do with self-publishing? Quite a lot, actually. The
publishing industry has undergone something of a seismic shift in the past
year. If you follow internet discussions about traditional publishing,
you'll find authors being urged to make the shift to e-books and
self-publishing, because that's where the "cheese" is.
Perhaps so, but the shift is not an easy one. The self-publishing
option is full of traps for unwary little mice who jump into the fray without
the necessary understanding of what all is involved. Carolyn Schriber’s first
self-published historical novel, Beyond All Price, was on life-support
for nearly a year. Then it made a
spectacular recovery, winning two book awards and remaining on some of
Amazon Kindle's "Top 100 Bestseller " lists for nearly two months.
That was her piece of the cheese.
Now she is willing to share her story. She blogged about her
experiences, starting with the first decision to go with
self-publication. She kept track of her success and failures. She
offered snippets of advice to other would-be writers. Now all those
crumbs of information come together in an anecdotal account of what she learned
and what you, too, need to know in order to get your piece of the cheese.