An Author's Perspective on Independent Publishing: Why Self-Publishing May Be Your Best Option

Lee Foster has published a new book about the self-publishing movement. After doing 16 books with traditional publishers, why did Lee switch to doing four books “independently” published or “indie?” Why does he now recommend this path for most authors? The book describes Lee’s advice on the publishing of printed books (print-on-demand), ebooks, books-as-websites, apps, and audiobooks. More

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About Lee Foster

Lee Foster, born in 1943, grew up in a Minnesota of fishing for black bass, playing baseball, and hunting for ring-necked pheasants. He was the son of a factory owner in Mankato, a small city of 30,000. He took an under¬graduate degree in Great Books at the University of Notre Dame and a graduate degree in English-American Literature at Stanford University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. After these years of reading, some travel in Europe, and an increasing interest in photog-raphy, he began his own books of fiction and nonfiction. His main attention in recent decades has been travel writ-ing/photography. He now lives in Berkeley, California.

His range of travel journalism can be seen on his Foster Travel Publishing website at He has been active in developing travel articles, photos, books, ebooks, apps, websites, and now audiobooks. Some of his work has been with traditional publishers; other efforts have been as an independent publisher. Over the years, Lee has published travel writing/photography in almost all the leading U.S. travel magazines and newspapers. His book partnerships include the use of his travel photos in more than 300 Lonely Planet books. His main personal books/ebooks are listed on his website at

His recent works currently available include:


Minnesota Boy: Growing Up in Mid-America, Mid-20th Centu-ry (book, ebook, a re-publication on his 1970 book Just 25 Cents and Three Wheaties Boxtops)


Three Sutro Media travel apps: San Francisco Travel and Pho-to Guide, Berkeley Essential Guide, and Washington DC Travel and Photo Guide

Travels in an American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time (audiobook in 2014, book from 2005, ebook from 2013)


Northern California Travel: The Best Options (book, ebook, website)

Back Roads California (publisher Dorling Kindersley, co-author, book)


The Photographer’s Guide to San Francisco (publisher Coun-tryman Press, book, ebook)

The Photographer’s Guide to Washington DC (publisher Coun-tryman Press, co-author, book, ebook)


Northern California History Weekends (publisher Globe Pe-quot, book)

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