My Personal Opinion About Self-Publishing

Someone asked me recently WHY I self-published my new and FIRST book and there are multiple reasons behind my decision but the one that stuck out the most was the control. Taking control is something that I continuously do and with this decision, I have complete control over everything, including but not limited to: price, percentage, and rights. I can choose the cover, the price, and where it is sold, not to mention that my royalties are higher. I eliminated the publisher and possible agent so therefore, instead of 30-50 percent, I get 70 percent, which makes a BIG difference in my decisions.

That’s not saying that I won’t publish through the traditional methods but for now, I’m happy. When I write, the feeling of total contentment is reached. I sit there and create a world where the hero/heroine wins; where the characters develop strengths, goals, and changes with each motion of their lives. That doesn’t mean that I control WHERE they go in life!! They seem to be telling ME lately! If they don’t like something, they REALLY let me know and my plot is altered. 🙂 It’s still a wonderful feeling and I pray that the more experience that I gain, the better that I will be. Success to me, isn’t about money. It’s about the appreciation for my work and the writing itself. It’s the feeling that I get knowing that I accomplished what I set out to do and to develop and create wonderful characters that grow and learn through the battles of their lives. It’s a way for me to live in this reality and NOT go insane. 🙂

Published by desiree30

I have been writing since I was sixteen years old and love to write both horror and romantic suspense. I think there have been many influences within my life that has set me on the path that I can not help but walk. A few of those names consist of Karen Rose, Lisa Gardener, Nora Roberts, Cynthia Eden, Catherine Anderson, Laura Griffin, Andrea Kane, and Lisa Jackson, just to name a few. This list by no means defines by own writing but they have indeed influenced my desire to live outside of my own world and to create the thrill of my dreams. I live on 40 + acres in the SHOW ME state with my two daughters, ten years and nine months. They are a handful! I also have three wonderful dogs. The weather is unpredictable, but the surrounding beauty of the country helps my creativity as I sit on my top deck with my laptop and coffee close by.

3 thoughts on “My Personal Opinion About Self-Publishing

  1. I really agree as well. I have been receiving conflicting arguments concerning self-publishing and traditional publishing but really enjoy the freedom and control that self-publishing affords. 🙂 Not saying I won’t ever go the traditional path and probably will to prove that I can but really enjoy the freedom. 🙂

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  2. I self-published my first book, too! My co-author and I liked the control over our work and it allowed us to sell the book in our own way. I would say that self-publishing is easier if you have the ability to design your own cover and not necessarily use the template designs offered by some self-publishing sites.

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  3. You have to do what is write for you and be happy with that, which you are. Kudos to you girl. I admire you for taking that step and staying strong about your decision, faithful in yourself and your writing, and going after your dream. You are a great writer and creator of literature, and getting out there to make you dreams come true, your voice heard, and to add entertainment to the world of literature. You go girl! Don’t let anyone rain on your parade…it’s your voice and your choice.

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