October 20, 2015
Questions Academic Authors Should Ask (4)
What about self-publishing?
Self-publishing won't help an academic who is trying to build a vita of peer-reviewed publications. But if you can't find a publisher for your text, sometimes self-publishing can be a good option to make it available to your students. And if it catches on beyond more than your institution, it can be a way to get an established publisher to take notice and consider it for traditional publication.
But keep in mind that self-publishing takes a lot of work to do it well (design, proofreading, editing, production, printing, warehousing, shipping, billing, etc.). Even a self-publishing service requires authors to do a lot of work to prepare the electronic file to their specifications. And then your job isn't over if you want it to be used beyond your own classes. Marketing and promotion is needed.
How do I get started?