More on self-publishing

John Scalzi has some great points today that extend our discussion of self-publishing from a couple weeks ago. Specifically I don’t think I covered the returnability issue:

3. No access to bookstores or other retail outlets, because most bookstores won’t take non-returnable items, which my printed books would be. This further limits the chance that people who don’t already know me will find my work. This is a problem because I do in fact get a lot of my readers from people taking a chance on my books in the bookstores (for that I can thank my book and cover designers, who help draw their eyes in the first place). There are ways to get around this, but they take lots of time and effort.

Check it out.