At this year's BEA conference, the talk was all e. Ebooks, epub, e-everything. And it got me to thinking. She Writes has an amazingly engaged, talented community, an authentic voice, and an audience. Maybe we should think about doing some publishing ourselves.
However when I began to look at all the available tools I felt like my head was going to explode. Create Space? Lulu? iUniverse? Scribd? Kindle Direct? Smashwords? Which one is the best? What are the pros and cons? How important is it to have a universal ISBN number? How do you set price? Is it enough to have just an ebook, or do you need a print version, too?
I and one of stellar summer interns, ISABEL FARHI, set out to do some research into these questions, and we have managed to sort out some of the basics. But as we dug in further, I realized we were underutilizing the best tool we have: YOU.
The whole reason I started She Writes was so none of us had to reinvent the wheel alone -- together we are the smartest kid in the room. So I am asking for you to share your expertise. If you have self-published, what tool did you use? How did you decide? What might be best for short publications, like, say, "The Best of She Writes"?
I've created discussion threads for each of the tools I'm aware of:
Lightning Source (though that's a little bit more for independent publishers)
If you have knowledge or information to share about any of these tools, please share it! And if you are a "self-publishing" expert or coach, feel free to reach out to me about potentially providing some guidance to me and She Writes as we explore this area.