A few months ago, when I mentioned to a friend about my self-publishing intentions, he shrugged and said: “yeah, self-publish!” as if it was the simplest thing in the world. Sure, self-publishing nowadays is extremely easy, even free; selling what you write though, is a whole different story. I’ll be getting to that in upcoming entries.
I had no idea about the inner workings of the ebook media and little about self-printing. When I asked a couple of self-published authors about it, they all said the do-it-yourself route (DIY) was the best way, but they were mysteriously guarded about the mechanics of the process. Maybe they had no patience or time to explain the minutiae or perhaps it’s one of those “Sorry, buddy. Each man for himself” attitude; I’m not sure.
Thankfully for me, the Internet was there to save the day and early on, I found two great articles on CNET that became blueprints for me: http://reviews.cnet.com/self-publishing/, which is about mainly with print-on-demand; and http://reviews.cnet.com/how-to-self-publish-an-e-book, dealing with ebooks exclusively. Also, http://www.absolutewrite..com/forums/ is a great place for aspiring writers to share experiences, ask questions, promote their work and find
information regarding literary agents. Keep on running!