When you write a book that you want to send out into the world there is something you need to figure out first: do you want to traditionally publish or self-publish? There are pros and cons to both. Since I’m self-publishing I thought I would share my top five reasons for why I choose to self-publish over traditional.
1. No Querying
Oh my goodness, did I hate querying! I think I did a total of ten before I decided it just wasn’t for me. I hated how much time it took to put them together to have to wait 6 – 8 week for a response. I do think if I were to query now I’ve learned a lot and I would be able to pitch my book a lot better. Even so, I’d rather use that time and see results than waiting around for a response (or it’s a real possibility you never get a response).
2. Full Control
I hated the idea of turning my book “baby” over to someone else. I control every aspect of what happens with it. I don’t have to worry about a cover being forced on me, or a chapter being cut. I get to choose what happens. At the same time this is a lot of pressure, the success of my book is fully dependent on me and the work I put into it.
I’ll definitely rake in more without having to worry about financing a traditional publisher. From my research if you traditionally publish you usually rake in about 10-20% profits from your books, while self-publishing it can be 40-70%.
The indie author community is the best! It’s been all worth it just for the new friendships I’ve made! The support is amazing and I can’t wait to meet even more people who are aspiring to be an author! I truly believe in #authorsupportingauthors
Also, I don’t know … I just really LOVE the idea of publishing my book myself. I’ll learn tons, be able to help others and hopefully put out a quality product that I’m proud of. This will help me grow not only as an author, but as a person as well.
These are my reasons for following the self-publishing path. How about you? Are you self-publishing or traditionally publishing? Why did you pick the one over the other? Feel free to comment below or send me a message!