Last week I started our conversation by comparing a couple concepts between Traditional Publishers and Self-Publishing Presses. One particular piece must be added before other things are shared. I’m referring to the author’s stress levels during any publishing process, and how people deal with people during this specific “life event.”  Yes, having one’s book published is definitely a “life event.”


If you’ve been writing for very long you’re aware of the birthing experience of placing words on a page—many pages—and reaching the point when you’re willing to let someone else read it—some-ONE. That is a big step with even steeper steps that follow that may include a critique/support group, then possibly an agent (or two) and finally the folks at the publishing house or self-publishing press. Each of these steps are milestones of accomplishment and there are no ways around them if you want to see you book in print.  So let’s talk about the specific stress elements you’ll be facing.

  • Because writing begins as a solitary endeavor, we have the ability to agree (and disagree) with how our projects are coming along. Self-editing is a particular skill that we all have but is dangerous to totally rely upon.  Thus, the value of connection with a writers support group.  I’ve enjoyed fellowship in three amazing groups.
    • The first one took me by my toddler-writing-hands and gently fed me concepts and skills that will be with me forever.
    • The second was my writing/editing team at my place of employment where we developed magazine articles. This band of writers honed my abilities and further developed my appreciation for defining words before using them haphazardly.
    • The third (and current) group is my rock. These writers not only encourage me, they also hold me to task in reaching for and completing my dreams.
    • The stress felt in each of these group-settings is healthy stress—exciting and filled with people who become forever-friends.
  • WHEN your book is complete and that manuscript sits upon your desk it is time to DECIDE which road you will take to get it published.
    • Will you seek an agent to “sell” your book to a traditional publisher?
    • What percentage of your royalties will they take? 10%? 15%?
    • Will you approach traditional publishers on your own? What royalties will they pay you? 20%? 30%?
    • Does your book demand being in the hands of readers quickly—thus leading you to self-publish?
    • Which self-publishing press will you select? How much money will be needed to self-publish?
    • Weighing the pros and cons of this publishing decision-making process is, indeed, stressful. However, no one can make this choice for your book but you.
  • THEN comes more decisions about…
    • Exterior cover (front and back)
    • Interior design (headers/footers, introduction or preface, etc.)
    • Hardback or softcover/paperback
    • AND…marketing…(a discussion for another day).

There is a buzz-word that has appeared in the self-publishing world…Indie-Authors…short for Independent Authors. I like the sound of it. It speaks to me of pioneer days when independent dreamers crossed the plains and wrote of their dreams and adventures—much like we do today sitting in our writing rooms and allowing our imaginations (and research) the place to create great stories. Yes, I recommend self-publishing…becoming an Indie-Author and directing the players on my stage of book production and book release into the world. ⚓︎

RoyaleneABOUT ROYALENE DOYLE: Royalene has been writing something since before kindergarten days and continues to love the process. Through her small business—DOYLE WRITING SERVICES—she brings more than 40 years of writing experience to authors who need “just a little assistance” with completing their projects. This is a nice fit as she develops these blogs for Outskirts Press (OP) a leading self-publisher, and occasionally accepts a ghostwriting project from one of their clients. Her recent book release (with OP) titled FIREPROOF PROVERBS, A Writer’s Study of Words, is already receiving excellent reviews including several professional writer’s endorsements given on the book’s back cover.  

Royalene’s writing experience grew through a wide variety of positions from Office Manager and Administrative Assistant to Teacher of Literature and Advanced Writing courses and editor/writer for an International Christian ministry. Her willingness to listen to struggling authors, learn their goals and expectations and discern their writing voice has brought many manuscripts into the published books arena.

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