I’ve been thinking a lot about my publishing choices. Why did I choose to self-publish? Would I do it again? Will I ever seek to publish traditionally?
Some parts of this quest are complicated – others not so much.
Why did I choose to self-publish?
I saw an opportunity. Self-publishing is no longer the bastard step-child of publishing. It is a contender in the market-place. Science fiction, Fantasy, & Romance are the markets that are always seeking fresh material. These readers tend to be most open to discovering new authors. Frankly, as long as the story is well written it doesn’t matter to them who the publisher is.
Self-publishing is a lot of work. I am Author, Editor, Marketer, and Publisher (yes, each needs to be capitalized). My goal is to put out the best book out into the world I can. Recently, Chuck Wendig (whom I <3) said in his blog post Self-publishing is not the Minor Leagues:
Defeat naysayers with quality and effort and awesomeness so blinding they cannot see past you.
Fewer cheerleaders. More critics.
Self-publishing isn’t the minor leagues.
You’re in the majors, now.
Would I do it again?
Absolutely! This experience has been a blast. Story to Design to Publishing has been my vision. Of course that also means any mistakes are mine to bear – I can live with that.
Will I ever seek to publish traditionally?
I won’t ever say no to being published traditionally. That decision will be project dependent. Currently, the traditional path will get you into most bookstores. They have a more established distribution network. All positives.
Self-publishing’s distribution network is growing. Soon it will be completely competitive with the traditional path.
Self-publishing isn’t for everyone. As stated above, the Author wears all the hats.
- Do your research to know where your project fits and see if the self-publishing market will fit. In my case, SciFi/Fantasy has a fast growing self-pub market, complete with a readership that is willing to read new authors without a traditional publishing house behind them.
- Get an editor. The book market is filled with savvy readers. They will point out the errors in your project.
- Get a cover designer. Unless you are a graphic designer, spend the money. It will make a difference.
- Market, market, market! Be willing to talk about your project. Use social media. Do blog tours. Make the world aware of your book. If you don’t do it, no one will.
- Write more! Good job on your first book, but you need to keep going.
Don’t be afraid to take a risk.