Why am I thankful for self-publishing? Let me count the ways!
- I’m thankful because I don’t have to wait for an agent to read and accept my next book. We just need to write a book in order for that book to exist out there in the world and be read by others!
- I’m thankful because I get to keep my rights and royalties. In a competitive market, this gives us both a leg up over authors who are published through traditional forms and processes, and a leg up on an industry that constantly seeks to inflate the profit margin for the publisher or film house–at the expense of ideas and the author at the heart of it all.
- I’m thankful because I will maintain control over every aspect of my book that I want to, and I have a whole host of options to turn to (including my own employer, Outskirts Press) if there are aspects I don’t want to control.
- I’m thankful for more flexibility. We get to work from home, on our own timeline, meeting our own personal goals and performing according to our own expectations–and not racing to constantly measure up to someone else’s designs, or match our schedules with someone else’s calendar.
- I’m thankful that we don’t live in fear of progress, but rather surf the cutting edge of the digital and silicon revolutions. We are innovators, ambitious dreamers who make change happen and get stuff done. Right now we self-publishers are masters of the ebook, including the e-audiobook. What’s next? We’ll figure it out. And we’ll embrace it, I guarantee you, before anyone else in the publishing world.
- I’m thankful that as a part of my job I get to help others sidestep the “information gatekeepers” who have historically limited access to publication for reasons to do with bias, influence over the industry, and profit. When has a small group of people determining the parameters of another, larger group of peoples’ lives ever turned out well? Vive la révolution! The more voices we hear, the more lives we witness, the more we know of the world and the way other minds work, the better we can live as individuals and a collective whole. I really believe that.
- I’m thankful that this has been a big year for breakthroughs in terms of mainstream recognition and presence. Ridley Scott’s adaptation of self-publishing superstar Andy Weir’s The Martian is still rocking the box office. A film adaptation of Lisa Genova’s Still Alice received its wide release this year, too, and walked away with an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award (among others). And that’s just two of many self-published works that have been adapted for the big screen (and television) this year–a great litmus test and indicator of mainstream success. Countless other self-published books have seen more moderate success, too, and the indie industry is as a whole seeing diversification and stabilization.
- And lastly, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving if I didn’t mention one of my greatest joys: the indie, hybrid, and self-publishing authors that I work with day and day out throughout the year at Outskirts Press. As a company, we are so very thankful for the authors that have made us a leading self-publisher in an energetic and ever-expanding market. We never tire of learning how we have helped authors realize their dreams, how we have helped author after author to put their ideas and words into beautifully bound books to be enjoyed by others. You inspire us to better ourselves every day. You inspire me to believe in the power of the written word, and in the power of helping others sound their voices throughout the world.
I hope that you have a splendid Thanksgiving Day today. As it is at all other times of year, it’s important to remember one simple fact this holiday season: You’re not alone. ♣︎
|ABOUT ELIZABETH JAVOR: With over 18 years of experience in sales and management, Elizabeth Javor works as the Manager of Author Services for Outskirts Press. The Author Services Department is composed of knowledgeable publishing consultants, pre-production specialists, customer service reps and book marketing specialists; together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process 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, Elizabeth Javor can put you on the right path.|