An Experiment in Self-Publishing

By Michael Blain

After learning how drastically the publishing world had changed since completing the writing process on my first novel entitled Enigmas Like Us, I did not know exactly where to turn with the work I had labored over.

You cannot submit a manuscript to publishers like the olden days without the
representation of a literary agent, and of course they do not come without a hefty price tag. They also do not live in Las Vegas either, seeing as how New York City may be the last physical literary bastion in the United States.

After much deliberation over the differences between publishing on Amazon, formatting it independently for other various mediums, and myriad other choices, I stumbled upon Smashwords.

Although I am unsure how this will all play out, and I may still use Amazon somewhere down the road, since Smashwords does distribute across several mediums for you, and gives the largest amount of royalties to the author, I figured it was indeed worth a try.

I am not writing this article as a form of shameless self-promotion, but moreover as a way to keep people in the loop of what it is like to try to publish literature in 2012. I am not trying to make a quick buck and have specific intentions of reinvigorating, to a certain extent, the modernist movement which many have considered to be lost to a time that has long since dissolved.

My novel is about two twins whose father was/is involved in Russian organized crime and how they both choose to exist at each and every crossroad of their life. It does not follow the typical linear structure of a novel and I suppose that in many ways alludes to how I personally perceive the reality that exists around me.

I will know in the upcoming months if Smashwords was the right decision, or even if it was the experience I needed to springboard into something bigger. Either way I have now jumped in feet first to the world of electronic publishing and I hope that this medium can allow people to see inside my mind for a slightly longer period of time than a mere article. If this leads to the publishing of a physical book, then I will relish in that fact and be extremely thankful, but the experiment has begun. My book can be downloaded for free at until September 28th by inputting the coupon
code AN72Q.

3 Responses to "An Experiment in Self-Publishing"

  1. Mary   May 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Hi! My name is Mary and I’ve just stumbled on your article. It looks as though it’s been a few months short of a year and I’d really like to hear how your book is doing! Thanks and Best Wishes!

  2. Claire Ridgway   August 30, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I’d recommend publishing on Amazon as well as Smashwords. You don’t have anything to lose and you can also publish your book as a paperback via Amazon CreateSpace. I’ve chosen to go with just Amazon because I like KDP Select. I use if for free promos and also I like the fact that Prime members can borrow my books and I get paid per borrow. KDP select is a 90 day exclusivity contract, so you can’t be listed on Smashwords, and other retailers, at the same time.

    Good luck with your book!

    • Michael Blain   October 3, 2012 at 2:48 am

      Thank you immensely for the support and insight Claire, and I have indeed put it out on Amazon as well and through Createspace. Here is the link for the printed version if you are interested Let me know how I can access your writing as well and best wishes.

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