Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Self-Publishing Conundrum

Being a teacher and a writer is often difficult. Finding the time to write is a chore, especially during the school year. During the summer, however, I have more time to revel in the world of the written word. My goal this summer is to get some revisions done on my first set of books and finish Sally Singletary. I'm really excited about Sally Singletary and I hope that it will find a place on a bookshelf somewhere.

It was interesting being a part of the DFW Writer's Convention this year. Where last year the word e-books or self-publishing were looked at as taboos, it seems that things are changing with regards to self publishing. One of the observations that I've made is how many more people are trying. Are they being successful? I suppose that depends on your definition of success. I think plenty of self-pubbers are doing quite well with their works and have the benefit of others reading them, even if they aren't raking in the millions.

What is the goal of an author? Of course we all want to be able to make enough money on it to live on, but what is our true goal? I think many writers would agree they just want to see others enjoying their books. The world of publishing is a difficult place, more difficult than almost any other. Perhaps self-publishing can open a few new doors for authors. I've considered it. I'm not convinced of the best outlet for my work yet, but it is definitely something I'm considering more than ever before.

It takes a lot of resources to self-publish and don't think you can do it without them. I've seen many books go up on E-bay that lack the polish of a published novel, riddled with errors that only frustrate your readers. Take the time to carefully consider self-publishing and invest the money into your product. Editing is a MUST. Cover designers are a MUST. If you think you can make it without those things, you'll find your work sinking to the depths of the Amazon charts. This much I know for certain.

At the same time, don't be afraid of a challenge. The market is ripe for self-publishing if you have the time and energy to do it. More and more, big publishers are putting off marketing on you. If you're going to be putting the time into it anyway, why not benefit from the royalties. More and more people will be reading e-books in the coming years.

Just make sure yours is one they want to read.

 

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