Friday, January 04, 2019

6 Great Reasons to Self-Publish a Book

A lot of writers still prefer the traditional publishing route, but in today's world you don't need to write query letters to agents or send manuscripts into publishing houses.

Here are 6 great reasons why you should self-publish:

1. You can follow your own program

Sending in letters to agents and discovering you're not what they're looking for, can be really disheartening.  But this is only the beginning of the process, it can be as long two or three years before your manuscript may ever be accepted.  This isn't even a guarantee to any kind of a book deal.

It took J.K. Rowling 12 tries before she got taken seriously by a publisher.  With KDP and other self-publishing platforms, you get published straight away, and you can see your work in print within a matter of days.

2. You Have Complete Control of Your Work

Being signed up to a publishing house means signing away the rights to your book.  Along with many changes you don't want made to your manuscript.  When you take on the job of editing the book yourself, or passing it to a professional editor you have full control as to how your book will turn out.

You have the choice to choose your own book cover, title and price, and where its distributed.

3. Higher Paid Royalties

If you're with a publishing house, 85% of your royalties are taken, then your agent gets a cut of 15%, and that's before you get your share.

Even if you sold a million copies of your book, you'd still only receive about $40,000, not that much when you could be getting a cool 60% of the royalties.

4. The Tme to Self-Publish is Now

Did you know that one in every three books sold on Amazon is self-published?  With such a huge platform as Amazon your books and eBooks have a better chance of making you some real money. 

If you've written a really good book, there's no reason why it won't take off. 

5. Marketing is in Your Own Hands

You don't need a publishing house to market your eBook.  In the age of social media, you have a lot more options of marketing your book for free.

6. All You Need is a Little Self-Belief

If you're short on confidence, you can check out my book Explore the Confidence in You.  If you're really serious about becoming an author just do it.

The Meat and Potatoes of it All

At the end of the day you need to sit down and think about how you're going to write, edit and market your book.  Sounds a bit daunting, but with the right help, it can be done.

If you're really passionate about writing but don't know where to start check out my blog post Quick Guide: How to Write, Publish and Sell a Book .