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. 🙂

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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