Making the Case for Self Publishing

I’m going to share a really great post from another blog.

Should you follow the traditional or self publishing path? Numbers point the way.

Did I mention this is a really good post. Basically, Stephen breaks down the numbers to show why self-publishing is actually not a bad option. Whether you are already traditionally published or trying to break out into the literary world, he makes a pretty compelling argument.

When I first started, I was warned: If you self-publish your book, an agent or publisher will not want to pick it up because they won’t feel like they’ve “discovered” it. As we have seen over the past couple of years, thanks in part to the Shady Books That Will Not Be Named, that just is not true anymore.

Yes, it takes a lot of work to self-publish. You will either learn how to become a really good editor (Please, please edit) or you will hire an editor (please, please if you don’t become your own really good editor shell out the funds for one or beg a college student or something). You will be the only one promoting your stuff (he covers that in the article too, in case you are still enamored with the myth that publishing contract = instant promotion with no work from you.

You also have complete control of your work. You decide the markets it goes out to. You decide how it is promoted. You decide the blurb (also cannot tell you how often I see misleading book blurbs). You have control of all of it.

But hey, don’t just take my word for it. Read the link above.

  1. #1 by LynnPerretta on May 1, 2015 - 4:12 pm

    Thank you.
    It’s a hard road trying to build an audience. I usually tear my hair out wondering why I can’t get things moving. It takes time, though. I know.
    I think it really is a matter of what do you want, and how do you want to do it. I always had the dream of landing a publishing contract. Once I had my first novel finished, though, the desire to see it in print and available far outweighed the desire to wait for that contract to show up. 🙂

  2. #2 by arranbhansal on April 3, 2015 - 7:58 am

    Reblogged this on Confessions of a published author and commented:
    Great post, had to re-blog

  3. #3 by bookshelfbattle on April 3, 2015 - 2:11 am

    Reblogged this on Bookshelf Battle and commented:
    The Writer’s Manifest discusses an interesting article about self-publishing – the stats really make the case for giving self-publishing a shot.

  4. #4 by bookshelfbattle on April 3, 2015 - 2:10 am

    Great article. I feel like “the stigma” really needs to wash away from self-publishing. It all boils down to building your audience…if you can do it yourself, you should go for it rather than wait for an agent to discover you. If you’re lucky enough to find an agent who believes in you and is able to open doors previously closed to you, then go with that agent. It’s all about drawing in those readers who will stick by you and you should go with whatever option works for you.


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