I've been self-publishing books for 8 or 9 years, since I first discovered my iPhoto program had a function for making books. There was a segment on the Today show, about holiday gifts, and one of the suggestions was print-on-demand, self-published books. It was a new idea for a highly personalized, yet professional looking gift.
I tried it, loved it, and have made books as gifts for several years. The first quilt book I self-published and released to the general public was the "Small Wonders" catalog of doll quilts by Andrea Balosky in 2011. I did all the design and photography, published it through Blurb, and it was an 8 x 8" soft cover, 120-page full-color book.
The next quilt book I published was also done in 2011- the "Beauty Secrets" catalog for my exhibit at the Benton County Museum in Philomath, Oregon. The 80-page full-color catalog was also published through Blurb, and was 8 x 10" softcover.
I've been happy with Blurb, although it's a very different approach to publishing. Each new exhibit I've done has been accompanied by a catalog, and That's something I love about self-publishing. And now, I'm not alone anymore. Recently, Roderick Kiracofe and Barbara Brackman published books through Blurb. Kyra Hicks published a book about how to self-publish, and she's also got a blog about it. All three of these authors have previously gone the more traditional route and worked with publishing houses.
|two-page spread from "Quilts" by Roderick Kiracofe|
|spread from "A Book of the Saints for Quilters" by Barbara Brackman|
|spread from "Lately Arrived from London" by Barbara Brackman|
Pairing a book on self-publishing with a blog is pure genius, in my opinion. Self-publishing a book is a natural extension of blogging. Are we moving in the direction of self-publishing? Possibly. Seeing the growing popularity and how many noted authors are trying it, I can't imagine it's only a trend. But if it is, it's a trend I like.