Publishing your own book is one of the dirty little secrets that the publishing industry holds. If you’re looking to self publish your own book, be aware that self-publishing and print on demand publishing are easily dismissed by the mainstream publishers, editors, and authors. This is done as a rip-off for both the reader and the writer. This is important to know if you plan on publishing your own book. After all, wouldn’t a real writer be able to find a real publisher? While this has been a conventional concept ever since, it doesn’t always hold true anymore due to the existence of today’s modern and technological society. So who exactly should engage in self-publishing?
Are you a writer who should be publishing your own book?
If you plan on publishing your own book, remember that real writers are the ones who should consider self-publishing. A self-inflicted prison is often what is in store for you if you plan on publishing your book at a publishing house.
- Published writers. – It has become a better option for published writers to switch to self-publishing. Once they’ve received praise and success in their specific area of writing, it becomes difficut to break out of the niche, should they ever plan on publishing something different from the usual. On the flipside, when you engage in self publishing, you gain control when publishing your own book. You get to change the way of writing, direction, and genre at will. Those who have been published by houses often find taking time off from writing just as hard as when they first broke in. Parlaying their experience and audience into a successful self publishing career is an easier option.
- Writers with unconventional ideas. – If you plan on publishing your own book and you have ideas that probably won’t fit the standards of the major houses, your best alternative would be self publishing your book. Just because your book is a bit unconventional doesn’t mean it doesn’t have potential. Take Diana Gabaldon and J.K. Rowling as your best examples.
- Writers who like being in control. – If you’re a self-proclaimed control freak, having your precious work published by major houses can mean losing control of how it will turn out. Unlike when publishing your own book, you’ll have no choice but to expect changes from the publisher like a horrible cover, a different name, or altered main characters. Your name will go on the book but the content will forever be drastically changed – and not for the better. Don’t be fooled by justifying thoughts like “it won’t happen to mine” or “I don’t care as long as I get royalties” when you choose this instead of publishing your own book. It’s still cringe-worthy for me whenever I have to claim a book I published in 1998. The horribly altered cover and title of the publisher makes me want to crawl under a rock.
- Penny-pinching writers. – if you are a money grubber and you’re publishing your own book, you should consider self-publishing. The independently wealthy may consider their art rewarding enough in itself, while the rest of us need to save up to survive (not to mention, support our own career). Therefore, money matters, especially in our capitalist society where rewards are monetary. And don’t we all want our hard work to be rewarded? It’s a given that unlike when looking to the big publishers, publishing your own book will demand you to shell out a certain amount of money. While this is true, you’ll realize that the balance sheet will tell you a different story.
The initial advance from traditional publishers will be small (unless you’re a big time author like Stephen King) and may be all you receive for a long time, unknowing of how well your book will sell. Royalties that you receive will come from a small perceptage and will be spread out over years to come along with held ransom for book returns. The sad thing is that traditional publishers often don’t really care about your baby and won’t put out any extra effort for your book to be promoted. The success of your book relies on how well it is promoted. And with traditional book publishers, well – you can do the math. Publishing your own book, on the other hand, will give you the freedom to exert your own effort to publicize your book any way you want to.
If you are planning on publishing your book and you fit one of the profiles above, then don’t think twice! It really pays off. That’s enough reason for publishing your own book.