The Word: Things to consider before going indie/self-pub

Before Publishing

Before you ever step forward with your finished manuscript there are choices to be made. Are you going to self-publish or submit to a publishing house? What the hell does it mean to be a hybrid? What’s a vanity press? I hope today’s post helps answer some of your questions.

  • Self-publish: Self-publishing means you’re putting up the funds to pay for the work required before publishing and ultimately publishing yourself.
  • Independent-publish/small¬†publisher: Being ‘indie’ means you’re publishing through an independent publisher. An independent publisher will usually publish your book if they think it’s good enough, fits under their umbrella of genre(s) they publish, or if you’ve published before with them. (This can vary greatly publisher to publisher so don’t go saying I gave a definite in for you because it won’t work). They are not associated with the ‘top five’ or the bigger publishers, for example, Random House. They will help fund some of the cost or even all of it depending, but you may be asked to carry some of the weight if you want something special, for example hiring that one artist that does cover work you love so much.
  • Hybrid: A hybrid is someone who is publishing both ways. You can do this and it’s common for many authors to be this, having titles with publishers and titles they’ve self-published. It’s not a bad thing.
  • Vanity Press: These are where many want-to-be published fall victim. I’ve seen it many times. Vanity Press prey on the naivety of those new coming to the industry. They’re also referred to as ‘pay to publish’ because that’s how they work. You will fork up a bunch of money to ‘be published’ when the reality is a publisher, that’s legit, will be investing in you and your work, not the other way around. I really hate this kind of publisher cause in no way should it be considered a legit or viable way to be published. It’s a big ol’ scam.

Things to consider or remember:

  • To agent or not to agent?¬†Many that want to go the route of ‘the top 5’ need an agent. Agent inquiries really are the only way to be considered for a bigger publisher. Smaller or independent publishers don’t require this, just keep your eyes peeled for when submissions open up on their websites or social media.
  • Indie or self remember: You’re going to always have to be promoting your work. Some small publishers will help and some will not. Shouldn’t matter if they are or aren’t you should be out there nevertheless. If you aren’t doing it how can you ever expect anyone else to do it for you?
  • Believe in your work: You’ve put all the work into it so far, belief in yourself and what you’ve created will reflect in how you talk about your work, your projects, and people will want to check out what’s to be believed in.

Did any of this help you? What has? Share your story in the comments!

28 DoBR: The Encyclopedia of Angels by Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Less than a handful of years ago, I began doing some ‘brush up’ research for my series The Blasphemer Series. For those unaware, this is my series about Heaven, Hell, Angels, Demons, reincarnation, and redemption. I had begun developing some of the characters, like Dante Angeloft, when I was still young. Though I had done a lot of religious studies in my time I wanted to make sure the information I knew was accurate and still up-to-date.

This book is one of the few that I bought on my Kindle device that I ultimately had to buy in paperback. It was and still one of my favorite ‘reference books’. I have many encyclopedias in a similar vein, like on vampires, ghosts, and witchcraft, but this one has become one of my most important and most cherished.

I wanted it for the angels, but never thought it would cover the ‘fallen angels’. Though one would assume, I didn’t. I had come across far too many about angels that left them out entirely focusing on the angelic, not the demonic/fallen. This book is also one of the few I’ve verbally recommended to friends and family as well as to other writers. It’s probably one of the most recommended books I own.


An A-Z guide to angels of all kinds, the second edition of this title provides a reference to the origins, natures, functions, and manifestations of angels. Entries cover topics such as angelologies, individual angels, the importance of angels in major world religions, and encounters with angels.