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We're in an age where self-published books have a better chance than ever of making it big. Print-On-Demand services and free eBook distribution are abound. One in three ebooks sold on Amazon are self-published. You don't even need to be in a bookstore to be successful. People don't care how a book is published, as long as the book is good. If it's going to explode, it'll explode, whether or not it's traditionally published.
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The advantages of self publishing, first and foremost, are that control is retained over the book at all stages of the production process - what text style to use, the cover design, the cover price, the book's size, the number of copies printed...this includes having the final say on everything.
In addition, by publishing your own work, you are able to retain the copyright to that work, which is important if you want to try and sell the book on to a commercial publisher at a future date, for instance. Self publishing is also a more appropriate means of publication for the genre of poetry, memoir and autobiography.
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In terms of cost, two of my anthologies - Brown Eyes and Hair Power Skin Revolution - were funded by the Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts Award. (I financed the second one - Sexual Attraction Revealed). I would strongly recommend that if your book idea is poetry and/or fiction, that you pursue a grant as then you are not only supported financially, but working on your application will force you to consider all the requirements of producing your book before you start. If you have a track record in the field of creative writing, then this will go some way to your application being taken seriously.
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* Shangwe is an Eastern African female name; it means 'celebration.'