I thought this might be fun. For a while, I've been writing flash fiction. 100 words each, a couple every week. I've got just over 200 now, and I've decided to self-publish them. And I've seen a few people here mention that they'd be interested in knowing what the real costs are of self-publishing and how the process works. So I figured, why not tell you? I don't really know what the process is going to be myself as yet. I'm not starting from absolute 0 - I've looked into it a bit already - but I'm still very much learning as I go here. I know what I want - initially a Kindle book of probably 50 or so, then I'd like a print book of 150-175. Not sure how realistic that is, but we'll find out. And I don't want this to be a hacked-together job. I want it to be professional. Illustrations, a nice cover, the works. I'm aware this'll likely involve spending money. But I'll use this thread to update y'all on what I've done and how I've done it - where I find images, how I go about marketing, where I get a cover and the rest. And yes, I'll tell you how much it all cost and how much I get back. This isn't entirely altruistic. I'm not very good at following through on plans, so making a public commitment here will help to keep me honest. (Which is, in fact, exactly the same way I started writing the flash fiction. One a day for NaNoWriMo in my Facebook feed - if I'd kept it to myself I doubt I would have made it past Nov 6th) So this way I've got more incentive to actually get this stuff out there, and not spend a couple of hours looking at cover designers and then get distracted by shiny things. And you lot get to watch me make an idiot of myself, as well as all the numbers. Questions, advice and mockery are wholeheartedly encouraged. It'll be educational.