You have just finally completed your first novel. Now, it is time for you to make the most important decision for your future as a writer. Should you self-publish your book? While you have probably heard from many people who have done it and believe that it is a wonderful option, you also probably know that many people in the writing world look down on self-publishing. Here, we will take a much closer look at some of the things that you may want to ask yourself if you are thinking about self-publishing your own book, to help you make the best decision.
Are My Goals For My Self-Published Book Unrealistic?
By self-publishing, do you feel that you will be earning yourself a hefty amount of money? If this is the case, chances are that you should reconsider your reasons for wanting to self-publish. Of course, this is not to say that you do not have the potential to earn a lot of money through a self-published book. It is just important for you to keep in mind that while you can potentially keep one hundred percent of your profits with a self-published book as opposed to about eight percent of the profits through a traditional publishing company, you will also need to spend money to have your self-published books printed. If your book should happen to be unsuccessful, you may not get to see the results that you are hoping for. Understanding that the success of your book can go in either direction, much like a regularly published book, is very important when you make the decision to self-publish.
How Will I Self-Promote My Book So That It Will Be Successful?
If you are going to self-publish your book, the only way that you will become successful is through self promotion. Chances are that you may not even know where to start with your self promotion efforts if this is not something which you have ever done before. It is important to use all of your available resources to your advantage when trying to self promote your book. Some of the resources which you may want to consider if you have not already include local or even national book stores, libraries, colleges or universities, and the internet.
Is The Self-Publishing Company You Plan To Use Legitimate?
While you may have never heard of it before, there are many self-publishers out there who are complete scams. Their main goal is to earn money from themselves, while not earning you any profit at all. Although you may not think that this can happen to you, you should keep in mind that it can. If you are interested in self-publishing, it is important to make sure that you choose a self-publishing firm which is very well known, to ensure that you will not be getting mixed up in one of these illegitimate scams. It is also a good idea to do a bit of research about which self-publishing companies are the most reputable for publishing what you want (e.g. hardcover, soft cover, picture books, etc).
Do I Think My Book Will Get Picked Up By a Major Publisher?
After failed efforts with traditional publishing companies, many people resort to self-publishing in hopes that their book will get picked up by a major publisher. In reality, your chances of winning the lottery three days in a row are probably greater. While it has happened in the past, chances are that it will not happen to you. Although it did happen to Christopher Paolini who wrote Eragon, it is important to consider that his self-publishing did not cost him a dime because his parents were the ones who published it. The rest happened by chance, making him fortunate enough to eventually have a film based on his book produced. In reality, you have a greater chance of continuing with your efforts to get your book published on your own without self-publication. Do not get discouraged. Keep in mind that it took J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, twelve tries before her first book got published. Enough said.
Do I Want Control Over My Book’s Publication?
One of the main reasons that so many people make the decision to self-publish is so that they will have control over their book. Once it is sent to a publishing company, there are many things which can be changed about the book – including the cover and title, for instance. If you want one hundred percent control over the publication of your book, self-publishing may be the perfect choice for you.
These are just some of the many things that should be taken into consideration if you are thinking about self-publishing your own book. It is important for you to consider if the advantages of self-publishing outweigh the disadvantages, in order to determine whether or not self-publication is the right option for you.