Unless your last name rhymes with BacBarthur, it can be pretty challenging to get published. Since many of our readers also write in some way or another, and since our readers do include some (variously) published authors, this seems like a good topic for us to bat around here.
At my blog, I shared my hardly-secret ardent aspiration to be published, hopefully some time before I expire, and sketched out some of my past efforts in that direction.
There are many self-publishing companies, and seemingly more all the time. Xulon press does Christian self-publishing, and says it is "fast, easy, and affordable." Lulu has won an award for its site, and bills itself as "fast, easy, and free." Now even the sell-everything web-giant Amazon has gotten into the game.
There were some helpful responses on- and offline to my blog's post; now the mike is open to you-all. Here again are the questions:
- Have you done self-publishing?
- If so, with whom, and what did you think of it?
- (This, to me, is the big one): does self-publishing pretty well stigmatize you as lame, and ruin you forever as to the likelihood of being picked up by a "real" publisher?