Self-publishing can be an expensive undertaking. Would you like to explain a little about how that works and how people can help?
What many authors do once they have written a book is begin submitting it to traditional publishers. Once accepted by a publisher, if it is ever accepted, that company does the remainder of the leg work required before the book is printed. This includes editing, formatting for paperback copies and Ebooks, proofreading and then the final step, printing. In exchange, that publishing company receives royalties for each book sold. Most people do not realise that when authors sign with these big publishing companies, they may only receive 15% of the book listing price!
When a book is self-published, however, the author is managing the entire process themselves. In my case, I am hiring amazing artists and other creative freelancers from the world of publishing to accomplish those tasks. It is more costly up front, but the reward is self-published authors have more control over their work and are compensated for it.
Many self-publishing authors engage in crowdfunding, as I am, to help cover the initial fees of editing, formatting proofreading, etc. When people give through crowdfunding, they are essentially backing someone’s dream. They are helping them reach their full potential and there are incredible projects of all types on Kickstarter, where my campaign to raise funds for Fat Birth is located.