What is self-publishing?

Well, to begin with, real self-publishers own their own ISBN, having full control of  their books.

Self-publishers do everything from writing the story to working directly with the printer, from marketing to selling their books, and everything in between.

Self-publishers choose their printing options wisely.  If you are a true self-publisher you or your imprint owns the ISBN, be your own financier and will oversee the entire publication process. Please don’t be confused.  A book printer is not a publisher. If you have to pay someone to publish your book, they are not a publisher.

Do not be smittened by the so called “self-publishing” companies. The only self-publishing company is that of your own.

There are only two ways to truly publish a book:

  • Through a traditional publisher who will give you an advance and pay royalty on future sales of your book
  • Or be a true self-publisher

Every other way in between the above two methods must be approached with extreme caution.

Especially, when vanity presses are owned by traditional publishers. Be informed and be educated. One example would be Author Solutions, which is owned by Penguin Random House.

Have a read below. David Gaughran says it all in his posting “Penguin Random House Merger Helps Author Solutions Exploit Writers”



Is self-publishing for you?

Two of my all-time favourite authors are self-published:

– The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer (if you are passionate about cooking, this is a must have book) and

– The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.

You can be a self-published author too.


You’ll have to assume the roles of many people.

You are going to be the project manager of your own publication.


What skills are required?

Does this characterize you?

  • Extremely organized
  • Detail-oriented
  • Neat freak
  • Control freak

Do you do all the above with a smile?

Then you are qualified to be a self-publisher 🙂


A few years ago, I knew nothing about publishing a book. Today, I’m a published author.

It all started with a dream that was put on hold until one day it was time for it to materialize.

You can do it too!


My services on self-publishing

Mirwag Inc. – The publisher of “Bunica’s Tomatoes” and “Feast For A Nation” works with a number of talented and serious illustrators, graphic artist, web designers, proofreaders, copy editors and printers.

Presently, Mirwag Inc. is publishing my (Gawri Manecuta) books. I’ve not undertaken the task of publishing for other writers. Please don’t send in any manuscripts. However, I can help you publish your book yourself, cost effectively and in a professional manner.


Book Reviews

Book reviews for your published books are always provided without any charges. Good luck with your publication!

Please contact me if you are in need of a review before your book goes to print. I’m happy to help a fellow author.


“I  love to work with decisive people.”

If you are serious about self-publishing, than you have come to the right place.

With a little guidance you can self publish. You will do all the work and reap all the rewards.

My team and I will show you the way.


Check out our services:

MIRWAG Inc. Services


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