Do I Want to Self-Publish?

Do I want to self-publish? When I first decided I wanted writing to be my career, I never thought I would consider self-publishing. But here I am a couple of years down the road and not nearly as established as I thought I would be. I one manuscript signed with a small e-publisher, but nothing else. I have about a dozen finished manuscripts. I have about a hundred rejection letters. I don’t think I’m getting rejected because of the quality of my work. I think I’m pretty good. Either my friends are trying to make me feel better, or I’m not what the publishers are looking for.

The publishers demand is significantly less than the pool of available work. There are a lot of writers out there trying to get noticed. Most of them are probably really good. I don’t know if I believe in luck, except for the lottery, but I do believe in hard work and working smart. This is how to generate results. I do understand the position of the publishers. Why take on someone that is unknown without an established following, when there are a lot of authors out there that already have a built in readership?

So I think I’m going to try to self-publish. I’m learning how to market myself. I have extracted promises from a couple of friends that know a thing or two about marketing. I truly do believe I have the ability to make a living out of my writing. I don’t expect to become the next Jude Deveraux or Danielle Steele, but it would be nice to pay the bills and afford my travel habit.

So, I’m going to self-publish. Please wish me luck.

6 thoughts on “Do I Want to Self-Publish?

  1. Wishing you a lot of luck. When I started writing, I couldn’t wait to get my own book in my hands, then ended up with two books published with, let’s say, a publisher not liked by many. It wasn’t an easy road to get to step of holding my own books in my hand. Oh, no, not easy at all. The road was long. Now, I have the rights back to those two books, plus a few WIP’s on the back burner. Guess what? I’m going to self-publish on Kindle.

    Make sure you know the ins and out of Marketing yourself, and read everything you can on the subject. There are many great free marketing opportunities out there. I’m taking in everything I can since I’ll be doing it all on my own now. I’ve already learned a lot with two books already published. So, again, I am wishing you a lot of luck. Just go for it and give it a try.

    Thank you for visiting my blog and following my posts. I appreciate it very much.

    • I think we have very similar experiences. I picked a publisher I wish I’d researched more the very first time around. Fortunately I was able to get the rights back for my manuscript. I’m now working with a more reputable publisher, but I think that I can do more. I also think that self-publishing some shorter manuscripts for marketing purposes might be a great idea.

  2. The best thing about the internet right now is that it makes it so much easier to write what you want to write, tell the story you want to tell, and make some money from it, if only a little. Having a publisher and editor might be nice, but these days, it’s so hard to find one and keep them interested. I was always the same way, with a definite turn up of my nose at self-publishing, but the attitudes are changing and even publishers are looking at the self-published ranks for sellers of books, ones they probably turned down already. Go for it and good luck!

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