As a prospective/hopeful author, I often find myself researching various websites and publishers, deciding between traditional houses and independent publishing. I’ve found myself leaning towards the latter and thus looking into the eBook and Print on Demand market. Publishers I’ve considered are Amazon’s CreateSpace and Lulu. Both have their upsides and their down. Lulu is quite user-friendly with a lot of help and support and they love blogging about the writing world. It’s a great indie publishing writing community, very welcoming. One article drew my attention, It’s Never Too Soon to Become an Author.
It’s an interesting article, nothing particularly significant. It draws examples from Anne Franke and Christopher Paolini. I have to commend Lulu for their attempt to draw customers of all ages. I’d always love writing and started writing this massive six book fantasy series in junior high. Funnily enough, Christopher Paolini was my inspiration. I’d been reading the Inheritance Cycle (trilogy, then) at the time. Even though Chris had help from his publishing parents, I wanted to be the child prodigy that wrote bestsellers at the age of fourteen. Well, here I am at nineteen, barely scraping at my current project.
No matter. I am ambitious and determined. The indie publishing market is growing and I want to be a part of it. As much as I love Lulu’s community, I do believe I’ll turn to Amazon. But I haven’t fully decided. I need to finish the damn book first.
Also, here is an article from the New York Times on indie publishing, The Joys and Hazards of Self Publishing on the Web. Also, enjoy a picture of me.
As an after thought, 15 Signs Indie Publishing is for You.