Does a 1st Time Fiction Author Truly Need a Publisher?

By Wayland Myers

The answer for new, first time authors especially is, "no". In today's writing world, the truth is that you need to take the power into your own hands and work on Self Publishing your book as an electronic book,,,,,,, whether that be an eBook Western or other class. Much more should be explained about how this is done than can be covered in this brief article, but in brief, here is a list of some of the roles you can take over and accomplish yourself that you used to rely a traditional Publisher to play:

The Gatekeeper - Need to find out if your book is sufficiently good to sell to a bigger audience? Then offer it at no charge on the web, thru your website, site, site, site, site, site, site, to a restricted number of readers and ask for their feedback.

The Editor - It's correct that you shouldn't edit your own work. But there are many freelance editors you can hire for a reasonable rate to help edit your work. It is far cheaper in the long term for you to pay for this service than it'll be after giving a Publisher 90% ownership of your work.

The Book Printer - Producing an e-book is less complicated every day. There are free resources to form PDFs, MOBIs and all the formats you want for iPad, Nook and Kindle e-readers, and there are people who will convert your book as a service.

The Distributor - You do not need to ship your book anywhere. Offering it as a download on your site, or directly from sites like or works extremely well.

The Promoter - If you have got a website, site, site, site, site, site, site, a writer Facebook page, and a mass email service, you have all of the tools you have to start selling yourself. You need somewhere for folks to go to read about you and download your book. Then you need to get out there in the forums and websites that readers of your brand frequent and start talking about your book and pointing them back to your website.

If you believe it'll cost time and cash to self publish, you are correct. But you'll give away far less of your work than otherwise. And you'll get to understand your fans, learn things that improve your writing, and with a little bit of luck begin to build a community around your work that you can leverage next time you publish Western novels yourself.

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