The lowdown on self-publishing

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Ernest Hekkanen of Nelson is one of Canada’s most prolific and sophisticated self-publishers.

“The late-blooming desire to write a book does indicate a little something about how much contempt the average person has for writing—if not for literature, in general,” says Ernest Hekkanen. “Anyone who’s able to successfully jot down a list of shopping items seems to think he has sufficient skills to become an author.”

Anybody can publish a book these days. And there are lots of rip-off outfits lurking in the e-bushes to take advantage of would-be authors. Scribblers beware. It takes a lot more than getting your book listed on Amazon to make a buck or two. And don’t assume people in the book trade will take you seriously just because you got one hundred copies printed.

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