There’s a wealth of choices open to an author who has a new manuscript in hand, from self-published ebooks and POD (Print On Demand) to vanity presses to traditional publishers. There is no option that’s best for any given author — but there are a lot of bad choices, and some that are downright dangerous to a writer’s career.

Rather than rehash things needlessly, I’ll direct writers to Darlene Quinn’s nice overview of an author’s publishing options: An Author’s Publishing Options.

Duncan Long is a writer/illustrator who has worked in the publishing business for decades, seeing his titles published by HarperCollins and Avon Press and small presses, as well as through self-publishing services. You can discover more about him at his: web site.