You might be thinking, “Hey Trace, can’t I just whack a few words together and upload my PDF to Amazon KDP? Self-publishing should be easy and FREE!”
And sure, you can totally do that.
If you have the right skillsets, you can bootstrap it, and you might even be lucky enough to sell a few copies. But the trade-off is the sheer amount of time you need to dedicate to learning all the different elements that are involved in the publishing process in order to make your book a success.
Less financial investment correlates to a higher time investment.