Self-published books as Christmas presents?

Did you know that The Shack started out being self-published? Read about it in Apparently the author,William Paul Young, gave away fifteen photo copies of the book as Christmas gifts. His readers loved the story and passed it on. But he could not find a publisher who was interested in his work, so he decided to self publish. He sold over 3 million copies before he turned it over to a distribution group.

This week a friend introduced me to the website of Jeff Goins. He has a similar concept of offering a free sample of writing. Now I am giving some thought to publishing a free short story or two. With new on-line publishing options appearing every week, I scarcely know where to turn. I suppose I could  start by giving away copies to friends and family for Christmas. =)  Or publish them here on my website?


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