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Published a book? ‘Self-published’ perhaps? Tell us about your experience

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It’s truly amazing to see the way the Internet has changed and is changing the world of publishing. There are numerous legitimate (and I suppose a LOT of not legitimate) companies out there who will walk you carefully through the self-publishing process and even help you market the finished product.

Of course blogging is a very real, very immediate way of “self-publishing,” and as I guy who personally runs six content blogs I am not about to put down blogging as less than legitimate.

But I know at least one person who reads this blog, my friend (blatant plug follows) Linda Alexander recently sent out her newsletter rejoicing in the publication of a wonderful book she’s been working on for years. The book is Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood, and Communism.”

I don’t know for certain, but I’m guessing that the small publishing house she worked with is similar to the “self-publishing” concept I’m speaking of in this post — companies which work with authors to get their manuscripts edited, have printed copies available, or have a “print on demand” system to make copies available, then generally get the book placed on Amazon and help overall with marketing efforts.

As I said, I don’t know that Linda’s book is such a work. But I’m sure some of you out there have used some form of self-publishing company or service to get your works published.

Tell us about your experiences, please? Have you enjoyed the process? Was it as good as you’d expected? Better? Or worse? Leave a comment and let us know. (This would even be something I’d be willing to host a “guest post” about if you have something useful you wish to share and contact me through the site “Contact” page.)
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