In the world of publishing, there are a lot of options available to those who want to see their work in print. Some go the traditional route, and attempt to land a deal with a big New York publisher like HarperCollins or Random House. I, on the other hand, have made the really hard decision not to traditionally publish, and attempt to self-publish my novel. For those of you wondering why, let me explain.
As a writer I have been traditionally published before, but my experience was less than desirable. They were a small press, and because of this they didn’t really know what they were doing. In addition, their contract lasted five years, which was terrible seeing how the book didn’t sell very many copies to begin with. So, in a nutshell, I was forced to deal with an amateur publisher that didn’t know what they were doing for five years, with zero creative control to show for it. This is why you absolutely must research your publisher before signing any kind of contract. Period. I learned that lesson the hard way.
Another contributing factor was that my stories tend to be shorter than typical novels. This means that the only publishers that would accept my work were small presses (like the one mentioned above). Needless to say, I’m not making that mistake again. Thus, we have the option of putting it up on the Kindle and eReaders like it, along with the P.O.D. options that Amazon’s company CreateSpace provides. With their services, an ebook can be priced at $2.99 and the author gets 70% of the profits. That doesn’t happen with traditional publishing at all, which means self-publishing is a better option now than ever before.
Something else to keep in mind is that with small presses, you simply don’t get the investment from the publisher that the book needs to succeed. This means it pretty much falls on the author to market the book. But if the author is expected to do all the marketing (from Facebook to Twitter), it seems logical that the author would just publish the book themselves and take the 70% that is mentioned above, as opposed to a mere 6-12% (which is typical) that they would get from traditional publishing. It seems to me that self-publishing pays better, plus you get more direct control over how well the book does in the book publishing marketplace.
So there you have it. The truth is I could go on with even more reasons why I’m self-publishing my novel (such as marketing and the print life of the books being published), but I’ll stop there.
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