...or, Going Self-Pub
When my publisher went out of business, I had no choice in the matter. I had to find a home for my books.
Musa Publishing informed its authors on February 20th that it was closing its doors. On March 1, all publishing rights reverted to us. So now, what to do with my books?
Submit to another small publisher. I never seriously considered this venue.
Small presses are great. Loved mine for example. But, since bad ones plague our business, research is paramount and I didn’t have the time.
Besides, I was already half-way to self-publishing so why blindly look for another small press like a desperate petitioner.
Self-Publishing. I’d tested these waters with Out of Magic so I wasn't totally naive. Only 95%. Luckily, I had help in the form of KMDwebdesigns.com. Kelly Shorten and Michael Mand were a part of the Musa team and we are all very familiar with our relative quirks. I highly, highly recommend their services.
I bought the cover photos and Kelly re-created them perfectly. KMD formatted the interior for print and e-book.
I had an account with KDP and Createspace. I named my publishing company Shamira Publishing and moved through the various decisions on size and marketing. I bought my own ISBN for print but let KDP chose the Kindle versions. For now, I’ll go with Amazon as my only format. I sold a dozen or so at B & N etc and wasn’t really impressed. Besides, Amazon has all formats available for Nook and Apple so why bother.
Wilder Mage and Mage Revealed are live, print and e-books, joining my first short story, Out of Magic in that self-pubbed goal.