Why You Should Self-Publish Your Book
Updated: Jul 9
Some books take years to be created. I recently published a book that was written by my late mother, almost thirty years ago. Writing a book is a personal journey of self discovery. It is the proverbial - and often the literal - blood, sweat and tears of your efforts. Months and years of research, expenses that you never believed you would agree to for the benefit of your book, and possibly a trail of broken dreams... Until you get to that moment: Your manuscript is finished and ready for publishing. The biggest question a writer has at this stage of their journey is: Should I self-publish or go the traditional publishing route?
So, why should you choose to self-publish your masterpiece? Well, the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages. According to Daniel Murphy from Writers Edit, here are a few benefits to the self-publishing approach:
The Self Publishing Guarantee Larger publishing houses only publish books that they believe will make a lot of money. More often than not, they will charge you a hefty fee to publish your book. They want successful authors that guarantee sales. Self-publishing offers a different guarantee. If you truly want to publish your work, you can, no matter what any publisher or editor says about it. And it costs a fraction of the price!
Firstly, and most importantly, you retain creative control over the entire publishing process. This process generally includes the four stages of writing, editing, design and printing and you can choose whether or not you would like to employ a professional to help you through these stages. Whatever you decide, you are working for yourself and you don't have to answer to anyone else.
Keep in mind that JK Rowling owns the digital rights to the Harry Potter Books. They were never purchased by her original publisher – Bloomsbury in the UK – and they were never sold to any of her subsequent international publishers (including Scholastic in the US).
Publishing Later Works Very few major book retailers are willing to stock single book self-publishers. So, devise a crafty career plan. If you can afford to self-publish your first few books, you can use them to strengthen your reputation as a writer. Then, in the future, a traditional publishing house may be more willing to take you on for your next book. Since you have self-published your previous titles, you can even edit and re-release them under the new badge.
Greater Financial Rewards Why should anyone else be paid for all of your hard work? Unlike traditional publishing, if you choose to self-publish, every dollar of every book that you sell comes back to you. Then you can use your hard earned money to pay for more advertising and get your book out there for everyone to see! Pricing Control You decide how much your book is going to cost. Bear in mind that if you sell your masterpiece for a dollar, it’s going to take forever to break even on your original costs. You will, however, make a lot of friends and a lower price tag can increase your readership. Conversely, if you charge one hundred dollars for your one hundred page novella, very few people will be willing to purchase your book. Choose a sensible price tag and with your financial control, you can even give a discount to your friends. Networking Opportunities As you work on your book you will go through a series of stages in production. Along the way you will discuss the book with other people, research advertising and marketing options, consider writing a press release for your book or even turn it into an E-book. Whatever you come across in your publishing journey, all of these avenues will provide excellent networking opportunities.
This is your book... And self-publishing is the best route you can take to ensure that it stays that way.