What a wonderful time we live in for the aspiring author! There was a time when a writer’s dream of being published remained just that — a dream. Writers would spend countless hours preparing a pitch for their book, printing multiple copies of the manuscript and mailing it out to every traditional publisher. Then their lifelong dream of being a published author was at the mercy of someone else’s opinion of their work. They would wait months, or even a year, only to receive many rejection letters. More often than not, they never saw their dream come to fruition.
Then came self-publishing, and it has revolutionized the publishing industry. Everything has changed! Now any author who dreams of becoming a published author can make it happen. And best of all, self-publishing has proven itself as a viable option that can still lead to lucrative earnings for the well-written and promoted book. The negative stigma of self-publishing is a thing of the past. No longer is it just for the “unpublishable” author. Now it’s seen as a quick and easy path for proactive authors who hone in on their niche market, promote to that specific audience and deliver directly to them. Even successful authors who previously published with traditional publishers are recognizing the many benefits of self-publishing.
Is it your turn? Taking that first step of purchasing a publishing package can be daunting, but maybe using your tax refund to take the plunge, instead of pulling from your savings or charging up a credit card, could be a great way to get your project off the ground. Self-publishing, much like traditional publishing, requires authors to invest their time, energy, and some of their money, but the payoff of seeing your name in print is worth the effort.
If funding your self-publishing project has been an obstacle, consider using your tax return to invest in yourself and your dream of becoming a self-published author. You won’t regret it!
|ABOUT JODEE THAYER: With over 20 years of experience in sales and management, Jodee Thayer works as the Manager of Author Services for Outskirts Press. The Author Services Department is composed of knowledgeable customer service reps and publishing consultants; 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, Jodee Thayer can put you on the right path.|