To Publish or Self-Publish

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I am still trying to figure out if I want to find an agent and publisher or if I should just do it myself. I bought InDesign and figured once I had a handle on things I would go ahead and do preliminary layouts on all three books, mostly just to see how they will all look.

I love the idea of designing these books, I have so many ideas that will include my posters, and new posters that won’t be printed up until the books are completed, as well as tons of incredible never-before seen images.

And then there is the dreaded “Design by Committee” which means a great design can become quite terrible very quickly when two or more people get involved, which often happens with a lot of inhouse book publishers.

But that is way far off on the horizon. Before I even think about designing any books, I want to get through a third draft for each book first. Then run them through editors and then start designing and laying it out.

Getting a deal with a publisher would invariably mean I would be contractually obligated to stand up in front of a crowd of people and have to talk about the book, or having to participate in podcasts, phone interviews, even print and website interviews - all of which just makes me cringe and break out in a cold sweat.

I am not cut out to be an Internet personality, I love the idea of creating and then throwing it out there and see what happens. But aggressively pimping myself out on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram is not my style. Maybe for others but I just can’t do it. I can only do it on one platform, and right now I am kind of hating on all of the Social Media.

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