About a month ago, I signed up for and attended a writing workshop at my local library on self-publishing. An author from our region spoke about her journey in the self-publishing world and how it’s now a very viable option for many budding authors who wish to get their work out into the world.
I have to admit, when I first heard about the self-publishing industry, I was sceptical. I believed what everyone else out there believes: that self-published authors are amateur, unrefined, and took the lazy approach to publishing a novel.
I was wrong.
People can spend their whole lives trying to get their work traditionally published, never to succeed. It’s tough to do, and even once you’re in, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll strike it rich and become the next J.K. Rowling.
Self-publishing, on the other hand, provides you with freedoms you can’t even begin to imagine. I’m going to list just a couple of the benefits I’ve found personally attractive, but this is no means a complete list.
- You don’t get a tiny little royalty cheque (with most of your hard-earned profit going to agents and publishing houses). Instead, you get to keep every cent of the money you make. Imagine that, huh?
- You get to title your book. Yes, authors who end up going the traditional publishing route don’t get to pick the title. From what I understand, you can suggest one, but they almost never get chosen as the final title.
- You get to maintain the rights of your book. Going with traditional publishing, it’s the publishing house that gets control over your book – it’s their property and they can do whatever they want with your work while it’s under their contract.
That’s all I’ve got for now!
Until next time.