Self Publishing : To Do Or Not To?

A term that is in vogue since the last couple of years, we know of people who have advised us for and against it. We used to be told that self publishing was the route generally taken by wannabes whom the so called mainstream or traditional publishing houses would not accept.

Self publishing is not a measure of how good or bad a writer is, there are so many popular authors out there who choose to self publish their books.  There are many merits and demerits to self-publishing and one really needs to give enough thought before making the final decision regarding publishing your book.

As per some online sources, Amazon’s e-book sales record 45% sales from indie publishers while a little less than 25% is the share of the pie of the five largest publishing companies. Self publishing definitely has its challenges, but it continues to gather momentum and has disrupted the market by demolishing, more or less, the walls posing an entry barrier.

This blog post because I have been having some discussions with my friends, and then again I wanted to write something here after ages and just about anything is a good excuse now.

One of the good things that I like is that from your book cover to the fonts that you use, everything is in the control of the writer. Whether you want your book to be in colour or black and white, it is entirely your choice. The creative juice that flows through when there are no restrictions placed is limitless, not just in terms of your content but in the presentation as well.

The writer gets to keep nearly 100% of their earnings as there are no middle men involved and not many overheads are involved expect for the artist you engage for the book cover, the editor you seek the services of; even then these payments are one time and these people have no claim over the profits you garner for your book.

One of the major headaches when we choose to work with a publisher is the looming deadlines set by someone else who has no contribution to the creative aspect of the book. And it is annoying, to put it bluntly. When we choose to self publish, we become our own master and the deadlines that are in sight are the only ones we set for ourselves.

Also, the actual process of publishing becomes easier and much more hassle free. All you need is to decide on the right self publishing platform, make your book meet their publishing requirements and tada…you’re done!

You also hold the complete rights over your book, you get to choose who you want to sell it to and at what price.

Everything said and done, self publishing is definitely an appealing method of getting your books out there to the general public. Whether or not this is the way for your book is something you need to decide after weighing all the pros and cons.

Bonus Info: Robin Sharma, Canadian author, worked as a litigation lawyer until age 25,when he self-published MegaLiving (1994), a book on stress management and spirituality. He initially also self-published The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, which was then picked up for wider distribution by Harper Collins.

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