Why are you self-printing?
by SJ Griffin
Firstly, the term self printing comes from Catherine Ryan Howard’s book Self-printed: The sane persons guide to self-publishing, which is a really useful book. You should read it. Go on, off you go. I’ll wait here.
Read it? Good, isn’t it? Anyway, I’ve not bothered with book distributors or any of that although I am working with a collective who are a bit like an imprint but independent and a little bit bonkers. I was just concerned with getting a digital copy of the book out there, where ever there is. I wasn’t even going to have a print version because the profit margin is so slight but the amount of people who moaned about not being able to get it in print made me go cross-eyed, so I relented. So, I am self-printing.
But why, you say. Answer the damn question, you say. OK, I say. I want to see how far I can go and how much I can do on my own. Independently. I want to see what I’m made of. I don’t want someone to tell me, I don’t want my hand held, I want to do it myself, on my own. And yes, I will have to make my own mistakes, I will have to do things wrong, then learn and go back and do them again. But when I get to the end of the trilogy I want to be able to say, I did that and I did it all on my own. It just seems like a great thing to do. Like climbing up Everest or something. Diving the Marianas Trench. A proper adventure.