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Do The Research

by Laura Pauling

Traditional publishing, small press, self publishing—so much to choose from yet …

it has never been a better time for writers. Is self publishing hard? Yes. Is it competitive? Yes.

And with so many choices comes the responsibility of doing research and deciding what’s best for you. What are your goals? Your dreams?

I’m in the middle of debating whether to submit a workshop on self-publishing to a writer’s conference I attend. Having gone through the process, I understand what self-publishing involves. I have information and knowledge to share with writers who are experiencing the big how-should-I-publish debate.

I feel for them. I really do. Because I remember being there, scared and excited, wondering what was best for my career.

What I’ve noticed at conferences is that many writers just don’t do the research. We are blessed to live in an age where so many professionals in the publishing share their wisdom … for free!

Yet, many writers don’t take advantage of this plethora of information.

I blog. I tweet. I read articles on all the different kinds of publishing. Why? So I understand what’s going on. What has changed. And how I might need to adjust.

Every writer considering any publishing decision should do the research. Take the time. It’s worth it.

When Jessica Bell approached her circle of writer friends about writing an article for Indiestructable, I wondered what I could offer that others couldn’t. Many of the authors writing articles for it are very successful. More successful than me.

What did I have to offer? What could I write about? What perspective could I offer, that might help or encourage someone about to self publish, or someone who already has and is looking for help?

I realized I could only offer my perspective. So I wrote Being Grateful for Small Milestones. What to do when sales don’t take off like you hoped. What to do when you see other book sales skyrocketing. How to move forward.

Really, the answer is pretty simple … you’ll find it in Indiestructable.

You’ll also finds lots of practical wisdom and different perspectives in this compilation of articles from self published authors.

And that is priceless. All in one place. Just for you.


100% of proceeds will be donated to, a movement which breaks the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education.

Contributing authors:

Alex J. Cavanaugh <> Angela Brown <> Anne R. Allen <> Briane Pagel <> C.S. Lakin <> Ciara Knight <> Cindy M. Hogan <> D. Robert Pease <> Dawn Ius <> Emily White <> Greg Metcalf <> Jadie Jones <> Jessica Bell <> Karen Bass <> Karen Walker <> Kristie Cook <> Laura Diamond <> Laura Pauling <> Laurel Garver <> Leigh Talbert Moore <> Lori Robinson <> Melissa Foster <> Michael Offutt <> Michelle Davidson Argyle <> Rick Daley <> Roz Morris <> S.R. Johannes <> Stephen Tremp <> Susan Kaye Quinn

About Laura Pauling:

Laura Pauling writes about spies, murder and mystery. Her young adult Circle of Spies Series will be completed this fall with the release of book 3: Twist of Fate. Her stand-alone time travel thriller, HEIST, released August 15th, 2013.


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Genre –  Non-fiction

Rating – G

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