“How did you decide whether to self-publish or find a mainstream publisher?
Simon : If possible, always go with a mainstream publisher. They’ve got the support, expertise and marketing to help you. Plus there’s more money in it. But don’t be afraid of self-publishing – it can give you a product to show around, to talk about, and a foundation from which to find a mainstream publisher.
Sallyann : I have had experience of both – and good experiences on both side. There are pros and cons with either and the best approach depends on the individual book.
Linda : That was easy because you would never find a book on Hysterectomy in a bookshop, which meant that the market would be limited and therefore unlikely that a publisher would be interested. By self-publishing it meant that almost all the RRP goes to the Association rather than the various third parties involved. I set The Hysterectomy Association up as a publisher itself instead.
So there are many factors involved, and it may well be that you end up doing both. Certainly for many, self-publishing is a step on the way to mainstream publishing.”