For those of you who don't know about this support group,
Thank you to Alex Cavanaugh for hosting this group!
And so this month, here is my topic:
To self-publish or not to self-publish? That is the question.
I've been going over this question and it seems there are so many reasons for someone like me to self-publish.
CONSIDER ALL THE FACTS!
Some truthful facts:
- I'm a relatively new and inexperienced writer.
- I've learned a lot and have a lot to learn.
- I know I have not written the next Great American Novel.
- What I write is kind of quirky
- My work is not five-star (except to family and friends! God Bless them!), but I hope it's three +++ or four+++ (I'm okay with that)
- I believe I can attract a following of people who like my stories and characters, even if I haven't created a Harry Potter world. Even if I'm no Hemingway or Dickens or Stephen King.
- I've read tons of awesome books by self-published authors
- The more I write, the better I get.
- No publisher shopping
- In charge of own artwork, editing and formatting
- Self marketing and social media
- You're on your own timeline - no deadlines
- Up to 70% of the royalties all to yourself
- Instant gratification on publishing timing - no waiting.
- Paid 60 days in arrears on royalties
world dominationcontrol and the final word!
- Shopping for a publisher takes time, maybe even forever!
- Once a publisher wants you, it takes 6-12 months to see your book in print
- Gratification that a traditional publisher likes your work thereby validating you as a good writer (yes we all want this!)
- Still self marketing and social media
- 30% royalties? I'm not sure on this, but I know it's less than self pubbing
- Not sure when the money starts "pouring" in... (maybe "pouring" is too strong a word, lol?)