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Simply Roseanna from CA is reading Elements of Style June 6, 2015 - 10:52am

I've been debating on using Amazon.  I just want one of my stories out there.  I mean everyone that has seen my stories loved them.  If I did then maybe it would be easier to find someone to ask me if I had more ideas.  It's like ice skating.  It seems so scary but maybe it wouldn't be.  Maybe it will be thrilling and fun.

 

If I did publish it with Amazon I'd have to make pictures myself and that's kind of cool.  It's been a while since I've worked on my drawing skills.

 

What is your experiences?  Do you think it will help get my foot in the first of many doors?

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer June 6, 2015 - 11:38am

You have to be really careful with self-publishing. It is a double-edged sword. Sure, you will get your stuff out there, but it will essentially be permanently tied to you. Make sure that if you do it, you make it a professional product that you will be proud to have associated with your name. I have design experience and am engaged to a freelance editor. It still cost me almost 300 dollars to produce a professional quality book. That was just for appropriate image licenses. I ddn't have to pay for editting and cover design.

If what you have are a few short stories that you want published, I would go to Duotrope or The Grinder and start submitting them. It's a longer-term game, but it will get you working with editors and getting extra eyes on your work. If you self-publish your stories, you will lose first rights on them. You can always self-publish them as a collection after you sell the first rights to literary magazines. It may take awhile, but I think it is a better route. Don't fall in to the trap of self-publishing out of impatience. The submission process sucks, but it is an important part of your development.

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Simply Roseanna from CA is reading Elements of Style June 12, 2015 - 9:36am

To be honest from what I've seen in order for people to consider your stories you have to have some sort of work out there.  I just want one of my stories out there.  Since I like to brag I would only put a story out there tied to myself something to be proud of.  Even if the world thinks it's crap at least it's not something I'd regret.