The DIY Route
My biggest hesitation in not going with a publisher were:
- the technicalities of layout it out and actually printing it (I have no experience in print media)
- managing the stock and inventory
- being responsible for delivering the book to people who ordered it
Mainly it was the latter two.
At the time I was travelling for a living and had already filled my spare room quota at my parents and my sister's place. I didn't have a place to store 1000 books, and I didn't want to spend my time acting as a logistics company delivering my book for the foreseeable future.
However, with DIY publishing and print on demand I could:
- Reduce the timeline to print because I could determine (within reason) the timeframe. For example, how quickly I wrote it and did the book design.
- Pass on the responsibility of the printing
- Pass on the responsibility of managing inventory
- Pass on the responsibility of delivering it to people who ordered it
- Plus there's hugely active communities and loads of information on the web to provide answers for every single question I had during the whole process - if you have the time and energy to find it.
However, with DIY publishing and print on demand, I became responsible for:
- every single decision. This can be exhausting but luckily family and friends always have an opinion :)
- all the costs such as illustrator fees
- book designing (a lot harder than I thought)
- making sure the print pdf is the correct spec
- promote it
More things I'm yet to find out which I'll write about in the next few weeks.
- how technical the print pdf is and whether I've done it correctly.
- the quality of print on demand
- the smoothness of the book delivery
- the final cost of printing and delivery, and the royalty split.
Having said that, publisher or DIY publishing? For me it was a no brainer.