Kindle and Smashwords. This is something that I thought about and with my husband wanting to see some numbers racking up in the check book, I decided to go the self pub route with the books I can get my rights back.
You might say if you want to make money why $.99. I have the first book up for that hoping to get readers who might not normally buy a western romance and hope they like it enough they will want to buy the rest in the series for $2.99. You might think that $2.99 doesn't sound like much but by pricing my books at that price I get four times the money per book I get with my publisher.
I found that once I realized what I needed to look for while formatting it goes easier than the first book, Gambling on an Angel, that I self-published. And my talented daughter has made the new book covers. The hard part is finding ways to change the story up a little as per the requirement of my publisher.
Changing things will be easy with Outlaw in Petticoats since I've had a list of things to emphasize from my oldest daughter ever since it released.
I don't think I would have jumped on the self-publishing bandwagon if I hadn't had some experience with editing. I also have to find a way to get the stories I write out to people since they always tend to be different from what the big publishers are looking for, but from my reviews and readers I know they are stories that are enjoyed.
I heard or read somewhere that painters/artists can sell their art anywhere be it on the street corner, a gallery, or a coffee shop. Writing is art and I believe a writer should have the same ability to sell their writing/art where they want to.
What do you think of the new wave of self-publishing? Is it good for the writer? Good for the Reader? Or do you think all books should be through a publisher to be legit?