Like many things, self publishing has its pros and cons. I won’t lie; self publishing is not for everyone. However, it is a good option for many people, depending on your goals and values. If you have been considering self publishing, here are two reasons why self publishing may be right for you.
One of the biggest benefits of self publishing is control. Unlike traditional publishing, authors have full control over all the details, including cost and design. With traditional publishing companies, authors typically have to give up rights and control. The traditional publishing company determines how your book is designed. The traditional publishing company determines the price of your book. While some authors have no problem giving up control and rights, many authors want to have more say in the publishing process. After hours, days, and maybe even years of writing your book, you may not be willing to surrender control to a traditional publishing company. If you want to make the decisions during every part of the publication process, self publishing may be for you.
It is no secret that traditional publishing deals are hard to come by. Authors who go the traditional route are often overwhelmed with rejection letters. Many spend years trying to get their book published only to discover that it is never going to happen. Often, it is not because the book has no merit. It is because the publishing company does not believe they can make money off of the book. Publishing is a business. Therefore, rejection is not always a reflection of talent.
Self publishing guarantees publication. You determine if there is a market for your book. You decide the value of your book. This option is especially viable for books with a niche market. Major publishing companies may not be able to make money off a book written for a niche market, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t. If you believe in your book, you can decide whether or not it should be published.
|ABOUT WENDY STETINA: Wendy Stetina is a sales and marketing professional with over 30 years experience in the printing and publishing industry. Wendy works as the Director of Author Services for Outskirts Press. The Author Services Department is composed of knowledgeable customer service reps and publishing consultants; and together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process in order to help them publish the book of their dreams. Whether you are a professional looking to take your career to the next level with platform-driven non-fiction, or a novelist seeking fame, fortune, and/or personal fulfillment, Wendy Stetina can put you on the right path.|