Self-Publishing your book and Traditionally publishing your book seems to be a great divide in the writing world.
If you mention the words “self-publishing” to say ten or fifteen aspiring authors and there will never be an answer that they will agree upon. I’m not about to suggest they come to blows, but almost every writer has a personal point of view about what they see as the way to go in the publishing world.Ask them why and for the most part, they can’t really define it, it seems there are so many choices out there, and there is less time to choose what will work for a book. There are many different plans out there, and since I’ve self-published my book, my view might be biased (Due warning).
I just said ‘self-publish my book.’
I self-published my book. I used CreateSpace for the first book I was the author of – In Search of the Lost Ones is my first book. I had a lot of help along the way, and I do think the term “self” is a bit of a misconception. I had someone edit it from content and grammar, and I had someone else help design the interior. The process might have been faster if I had chosen to try to traditionally publish but I feel that this made it a better book, as I learned more about myself as a writer and as a business person.
It’s a lot like blogging, you need time and space to make it work. You need the right people at the right time and more importantly at the right price. You need people who are willing to tell you no. It is also a lot like writing, and the questions you face as a writer. I was able to learn about marketing my book to the right audience at the right time, and over the years, I have learned that there is only the difference of preference and knowing the market when it comes to publishing, and I self-publish.
Did I just say self-publish my book?
If the market is right for you, it is a good idea to consider both options of publishing. I use the terms ‘self and traditional’ in a general way since there are many types to both methods of publishing. It depends a lot on you as a writer. I prefer self-publishing, only because I am comfortable with the level of work that is required. I’m also willing to pay for the needed pieces which come with self-publishing: design, editing, layout and media. Some writers aren’t and this is understandable. Some writers are more willing to have others help them, and aren’t comfortable with the added pressure of doing it all themselves.
I self-publish not because it gives me control, but rather because I am willing to learn from mistakes, in the effort to publish something better the next time I follow the process. I’ve learned the ups and downs, and I’ve learned that it works for me.
I’ve also learned there are benefits to considering both methods of publishing before you start the writing process, and always be willing to learn from mistakes that will happen along the way.