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Béa Gonzalez on the benefits of self-publishing

March 6, 2015

The Bathurst Muses spent and evening with author Béa Gonzalez Beafor a wide-ranging discussion about writing, publishing and the importance of metaphor. Béa is the author of two novels, The Bitter Taste of Time (1998) and The Mapmaker’s Opera (2005) as well as many articles, essays and reviews. To date, her books have been published in seven countries and translated into Dutch, German, Spanish and Serbian. Tbitterusahe Mapmaker’scover_mapmakers1 Opera was recently made into a musical that premiered at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2014. Despite her success with traditional publishers, Béa is an advocate of self-publishing and e-books. She argues that new and even “mid-list” writers would do better to self-publish, using a platform like Amazon’s Create Space. With this service, writers have access to tools, quality printing, booksellers, eBook distribution, and marketing strategies. This approach gives authors greater control over the content and design of their books and over the timing of their release. Books never go out of print when they are published as e-books or printed on demand. Of course, self-publishing means that authors must do their own marketing but that’s something that even “big-list” authors have to do these days. Amazon’s Create Space offers advice on that too. In addition, Béa highly recommended James Altucher’s book on self-publishing for those who are interested. As for metaphor, dive into Béa’s wonderful blog!

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