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How does self-publishing work when you go digital and avoid print.
  • Author:
  • Publish date:

• Option 1: Author self-publishes her work on her own website, blog or social network, and makes it available in any digital format she wishes, either viewable on the site or through a download (e.g., a PDF file).

• Option 2: Author contracts with an online publishing service to host and sell her work in digital formats (anything from a PDF file to an e-book file). Some services can also make a print-on-demand version available.

• Some authors undertake a combination of both options.

A Breakdown of Different Types of Self-Publishing:

INDEPENDENT SELF-PUBLISHING (Go Your Own Way)

SELF-PUBLISHING WITH HELP (Use a Service)

TRADITIONAL PRINT RUN / PRINT-ON-DEMAND (Create a Physical Book)

EVERYTHING FROM E-BOOKS TO WEBSITES AND BLOGS (Go Digital)


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