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Ginger Opal
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Personal Quote: It's not how smart you are, it's how you are smart.
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Happy new year everyone! I'm looking forward to 2017 so much! I have so many goals I'm excited to tackle and, hopefully, I've organized them in a way that I can get them done!

So I want to self-publish my novel "Realms and Remedies". The deeper I dig into the publishing industry, the more convinced I am that self-publishing is the way for me to go, in spite of the "not good enough for a traditional publisher" stigma that goes with it, which is untrue. I've read some pretty awful traditionally published books, as well as some stellar self-published books. In the end, regardless of publisher, it all comes down to the author's ability. Whether my book succeeds or fails, in the end, I want to be the sole owner of my book. Because I think it's really good. :heart:

So I've been looking at self publishers, and narrowed my options down to four. I was wondering if any of you have any experience with these publishers.
Lulu
CreateSpace
AuthorHouse
Outskirts Press

If you've worked with any of these publishers, which one would you recommend? Pros and cons? I plan to publish both physical and e-books (and an audio book, which I'll do through Amazon). Of course I'll be creating my own cover and illustrations, but everything else I'll have to depend on the publishing packages offered by these publishers.

I'm hoping to have the first book available in 2018. There's still some more editing (eternal editing!) to do. And I need to get started on the illustrations and the cover. Before I can do that, I need to know what the format of my book will be, so I've got to pick a publisher first.

I hope everyone has an awesome 2017! :dance:

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JaceyKing Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Student General Artist
Ginger! Oh my goodness gracious great balls of fire! Thank you so much for the core subscription! That's the nicest thing that's happened to me for a while! Also, I'm excited for you to self-publish your novel! I will be buying a million copies and handing them out to people so they can read it! Because it's amazing! 
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GingerOpal Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017
You are very welcome! I'm so grateful you read my manuscript, since what you said about it helped me keep things in perspective during the past few years as I've had it dragged through crit groups at writer's workshops that, in a nutshell, urged me to make the story fit the market mold. Also I probably need to butter you up to ask if you'd read it again later this year. :XD: 
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JaceyKing Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Student General Artist
Hey, no butter required! I've not been able to read for a while, but I think this year I'll have a lot more time, and I need something good to read, and Realms and Remedies is great, so it works! I'd love to read it, anytime! Especially if I can help!
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PPF2009 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016
I've been loving your art for quite a while but I just wanted to pop over and say that I absolutely LOVE "Freak Police" and can't wait to see more of it! It and its characters are so madly fun and it looks gorgeous.
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GingerOpal Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017
Thank you so much! I'm sorry I haven't posted hardly anything lately for Freak Police. 2016 was a rough year for both my health and art, and I'll be spending 2017 trying to catch up and hopefully make a nicer website for Freak Police while I'm building a buffer for it. :)
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Jellytaches Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE YOUR ART!!!!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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GingerOpal Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017
Thank  you so much! :iconlachoirplz:
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Telnava Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're really funny ><
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GingerOpal Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017
Thank you! Hopefully I'm funnier in 2017 than I was in 2016! :XD:
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harmonypegasistertoo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Student General Artist
Hi I gave you a llama badge! :) Would you mind sending me one as well? :)
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