This page is dedicated to people who want to self-publish their books.

Becoming an independent publisher is challenging, but also very rewarding. If you like having control over your own product—your book—and you want to handle or manage all the steps involved in publishing (such as marketing, publicity, copywriting, production, planning, selling, warehousing, dealing with finances), then self-publishing is where you belong!

“Self-publishing” is now a thriving industry on its own. Superb books are being self-published everywhere, proving you don't have to have a big publishing house to get your book out to the world.

What does it take to become an independent publisher?

  • A computer and some computer know-how (self-publishers often take computer classes to brush up on skills)

  • Time to work on the book (can you dedicate 10 hours a week?)

  • Ability to delegate and create a team of professionals to help (e.g., an editor, a graphic artist for the cover and interior design, a proofreader for the final review, a book manufacturer/printer)

  • Funds to pay for your book upfront (with the knowledge that the profits you make from sales should more than replenish the funds, compared to having your book commercially published and waiting for any royalties to come your way)


Munson Communications offers a “Self-Publisher Consulting” package for people who are new to self-publishing. You will get advice on:

  • Producing a book, from A-Z
  • Setting up a team
  • Finding the right printer
  • Marketing and getting publicity for your book
  • Expanding into others areas, such as movies or television, foreign rights, specialty sales

Please email Barbara Munson for details.

Other resources

  • The best thing about being an independent publisher is that you don't have to do it alone. Many organizations and events are out there to help you succeed. Here are just some of them:

  • Publishers Marketing Association Visit

  • Learning who are the “players” in the industry and networking are both key elements of successful book publishing. The largest of the book conferences is BookExpo America, which will be held in Washington, DC in 2006. A great experience.

  • Your regional publishing association is always there to help. I belong to the Colorado Independent Publishers Association ( They provide valuable information, tips and techniques and the all-important networking.

  • Another regional association I belong to is Publishers Association of the West.


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“It took me a year to write my book but it wasn't until five years later, when I met Barbara Munson, was I able to complete it and get it published. Barb is a phenomenal resource for authors seeking help in completing that 'last mile.' Without her I'd just be another person with a manuscript and no book.”

—Stephen L. Doherty, author, To Father an American Champion



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