What Election Day and Self-Publishing Have in Common

Tomorrow is election day. I hope everyone takes the opportunity to exercise their right to vote and think about all the freedoms our country allows us. One of those great freedoms is the freedom of expression, and self-publishing gives authors more access to that freedom as well as more freedom during the publishing process. Here’s how:

1. Freedom of Content

With traditional publishing, editors are looking for content that appeals to the mainstream, commercial market. If your book does not fit this need, regardless of the quality of your writing or idea, it’s likely your manuscript will be rejected. That’s the business side of publishing, but self-publishing helps writers overcome this barrier. It allows authors to share their stories, opinions, knowledge, advice, and more, even if it is different from what’s popular at the moment.

2. Creative Freedom

When working with traditional publishers, authors usually lose a great deal of creative freedom once an editor accepts their manuscript. They are often asked to edit their manuscripts to match the editor’s vision. They have no say in cover art or illustrations. Decisions are based on what editors believe will sell rather than what the author’s vision is. With self-publishing, authors make the decisions during every step of the process.

3. Financial Freedom

Many self-publishing companies allow authors to set their prices and give authors 100% of their royalties. This is not the case with traditional publishers.

In honor of election day, start your self-publishing project and enjoy all the freedoms available to you.

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.

2 thoughts on “What Election Day and Self-Publishing Have in Common

  1. Great comparison! Self-publishing absolutely gives the author more freedom, but along with that freedom comes more responsibility. Authors that self-publish are also in charge of design, promotions, etc. They need to be ready for that.

  2. Thank you for your comment, Kristen! You are so right — authors do need to realize they have a great deal of responsibility when self-publishing. Even if they use a full-service company, there are still a plethora of decisions the author must make (albeit with some recommendations from the company). And, there’s not going to be someone standing over their shoulder telling them how to make their content better; the author has that creative freedom and it’s it’s truly up to them.

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