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Research to see if these entities are seriously adding NEW authors, or predominately advancing hard cash to already proven successful authors they have under their belt in order to prod a new safe book ensuring sales. How long will a book that isn’t jumping off of the store bookshelf be on the shelf? And much more...
Do you have a background in computer programming? HTML? If not, you may not be self-sufficient enough to do your own formatting and find it necessary to hire that process out.
Do you have the means in your country to obtain your own ISBN numbers? Does who owns your book correlate with who owns your ISBN number? Some countries (like the USA - Bowker) charge for the ISBN while other countries offer them free of charge.
Do you have a clear focus on who you are writing for? Maybe your target audience is very narrow for one work and very large for another. Maybe your readership overlaps many age groups.
Familiarize yourself with the category of literature you are composing and decide if you will play it safe and up-to-date, or attempt to expand the literary horizon of that particular genre. Being a pioneer can be an exciting experience whether you succeed or fail.
Are you writing for commercial success, artistic expression, a project, combinations of these, other reasons? Multiple reasons?
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Watching agents quitting their profession? Major bookstores closing doors? Traditional authors contemplating self-publishing? Statistics?
What is your country's standard? Is that standard really what you want, or?
Can you focus on your project(s) and not be distracted by others’ desires for you to help them? Do you have a resource or two to pass on to the folks who nag you for free help? Remember… Bill Gates - never do anything for free.
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