I was invited to speak at a meeting of the California Writers Club-Sacramento branch. Many members of this club are aspiring to publish books (both fiction and nonfiction) and are baffled or overwhelmed by the many paths to publication available today.
What follows is a detailed description of the many shades of publishing today, from pure self-publishing to a Big Six traditional contract. I’ve described the advantages and disadvantages inherent in each approach. I offer questions for writers to examine their own strengths and weaknesses to help them assess what path to publication is right for them.
Part 1: What’s going on with publishing today: Disruptive technology
Part 2: Getting “published”: the many kinds of publishing
Part 3: So you want to publish your book: Questions to guide you toward the answer, what’s best for me and my book?
Or, link to pdf of the entire document An Author’s Guide to Publishing by Amy Rogers
Fellow CWC member Ken Umbach has produced an excellent guide on these topics, with special emphasis on identifying vanity press scams: The Pursuit of Publishing: An Unvarnished Guide for the Perplexed.