Self publish isn't a good thing, I know. Getting published by a traditional publisher is better. I know. But there is some things that lead to the decision of self publishing: I live in a country where there is more authors and publishers than readers. Bad thing, no? The big publishers only publish books from: a) foreign and best seller books, b) famous people, c) people that know famous or influential people. Once I saw in a TV program the editor of one of those big publishers, showing a pile of manuscripts sent to the publisher. Those packs never was opened. Never, they don't read even the query letter, and that pile was going to recycling. And one year before they're asking to writers to send the manuscripts :/ Medium publishers are the same of the big ones, but if they see a self-published writer with a good work they can publish it. It happened with Andre Vianco. He get fired of his job, get the money he received and printed the book, selling it to friends and in conventions. People started to talk about and now he's published by a medium publisher. He's a lucky guy. And the small publishers are all "vanity press", only printing services that name themselves "publishers". All those small publishers ask for money, in a direct or indirect way. I have a short-story published in an anthology by a small publisher. Every author was obligated to get 15 books and sell it like a self published. The book never goes to a book seller. Royalties? What's royalties? Want to make money with the book? Buy it from us with 30% off and sell by yourself. And their prices for the service. Ouch! No revision. Well, they make revisions: put the text on MS Word and voilá! Revised! Cover? If you draw or do photomanip you can get a better cover by yourself. Book on book sellers? It's another service, you need to pay for it too. Convert to e-book? Another service, another bill. In the end what you're doing with this "publishers"? Self publishing! Why not try and agent? Agent? What is this? We don't have these type of things here, sir. Yes, agents are a new thing here, and the most part are religious / non-fiction / romantic / poetry. Agents for sci-fi and fantasy are... unicorns. People say that they exist but you never see one. And why I don't try to send the book to publishers or agents in other countries? My English is poor, I can't write a book in English. And I don't have money to pay the translation :/ Because all those things I decided to go to the self publish way. Hard? Yes, I know. But I'm a self-employed artist trying, every day, to sell my products. I will have a new product to sell. Harder than the others, but I can try. I make part of two fan clubs, Harry Potter and Doctor Who, and I'm the part that go to events with a stand. So, I can sell my goodies on nerd events. What's better than a nerd convention for a sci-fi/fantasy book? Next month I will attend a convention, a big one. My book isn't finished, but I can distribute flyers with my blog/facebook page, where I put the step-by-step of the creation of the book. Exactly the same thing I do for my goodies (plushies and other handmade things for nerds and geeks). I can draw a "omg look at this!" banner with the chars. I know that I will have a lot of work. Revisions, cover, design of the book, promotional work. But it doesn't scare me. I draw, so I can make the cover. I know how to design the file for a book (the professional way), and some friends will help with revisions. And I know that my book isn't a perfect work that the big ones will fight for. It's only a scifi/fantasy (another) about dark elves (another!) with a little different concept. A sort of book that can give me a lot of haters, like the ones the Meyer's vampires received. And I like challenges and to make things by myself, to learn new things. I think I will have funny moments (and others not so funny) with it.