Hello Ebi! Hello Family!
Through the years I’ve heard many opinions on the pros and cons related to self-publishing. “Self-publishing blah, blah. Pros and cons blah, blah…” It’s a discussion that never gets old. I mean not everyone’s interested in pursuing the traditional route.
Since joining Twitter, I’ve been impressed by the number of self-published writers out there. They consistently promote their work in many different genres – using websites like Amazon, Smashwords, Kindle and other e-book and distribution platforms. For those of you who may not be familiar, here are some of the pros and cons should you be considering this route on your own:
– The moolah is yours alone
– You have creative control e.g., book cover art
– The accolades on your masterpiece belongs to you
– Deadlines are self-imposed
– No rejections
– You maintain the rights to your work.
– You are solely responsible for marketing, promotion and sales.
– Out of pocket costs e.g. book printing
– Defeating negative stereotypes on self-publishing
– Loss of revenue if your book doesn’t do well
– No publishing team e.g., agent, editor, proofreader
– Stiff competition
A great way to make sure that your novel has a fighting chance, (and this is for any writer in my opinion) is:
1) Develop your writer’s platform before publishing. The more folks know about your book the better support you’ll have in the long run. Hit Twitter, FB, Instagram. Create your own website if you can, maybe even a blog. (Connect with other bloggers too!) I currently have my hand in many cookie jars. Crossing my fingers for a positive outcome 🙂
2) Do not put out subpar work. No one wants to read a book riddled with mistakes. You want your readers to come back and tell other people about your work.
3) Tenacity. As you may know the process from writer to published author is lengthy. I’ve read stories where it has taken folks years to be discovered. But some writers just want to share their stories. They’re not too concerned about being discovered. However, publishers find new authors on social media, and other self-publishing sites more often than you realize. If the fates align, it won’t matter whether you decide to self-publish or go traditional – what will be, will be.
4) Invest in yourself. Make sure your book cover is on point. It’s one of the first things that draws a reader to your work separate from an exciting blurb. Invest in an editor. Having someone skilled in your chosen genre and just the art of writing in general, will be worth it in the end.
Are you a self-published author? Are you perhaps, teetering on a publishing direction? I’d love to hear about it!