4 Common Sense Reasons It Can Benefit You to Self-Publish

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Twenty years ago, a book followed a routine process: You poured your heart and soul into a manuscript and when you finished it, you started calling agents and editors who most likely told you to send them a query letter. Next step was usually a book proposal, and a few sample chapters. Then the waiting game started, usually ending with disappointment. On the other hand, the option to self-publish was there, but it had a certain stigma; a stigma that still exists today: “Your book isn’t really published because you couldn’t get it accepted by a “real publisher”. A real publisher? Excuse me for not laughing my butt off, are we not  human beings? Or are Self-Publishers merely robots? Or are Traditional Publishers too foolish to know that the only difference between a Traditional Publisher and a Self-Publisher is that the Self-Publisher does everything themselves? Anyone can be a publisher.

The publisher is basically the one who puts up the money. If you invest in your own printing, you are a self-publisher. If you begin to take in manuscripts, you are a small publisher. If you grow, you become a large publisher. Technology just makes it easy and inexpensive to write, produce, publish and sell books. But Self-Publishing is not easy. We do not log into Create Space and push the publishing button (well, not all of us, I can’t speak for everyone. Yea, some of yall lazy like that). Self-Publishing just means you are in charge of the final direction of your book. Now the popularity and profit of your book is another story. But merely publishing it yourself is no different than having a large publishing company to publish it. It’s still published, you just have the power of a large company behind you when you publish traditionally, which ironically, makes it easier than Self-Publishing. In any event, today many Self-Publishers still wear this “badge of shame” for choosing not to go the traditional route, as if were the scarlet woman or something.

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However, times have changed my friends. In today’s world, the boost in technology makes it possible for anyone to publish a book. This does not mean however, that because you’ve chosen to self-publish, that it’s automatically bad. Just because books are self-published, this does not mean they’re among America’s Top Worst Book Publishing List, nor does it suggest they’re among those who put no effort and energy behind their work. Surely there are lazy people out there, but laziness applies to everything that we do. Whether you’re writing a book or shooting a movie, you get out of it what you put in. As long as your book is professionally produced, with an eye-catching cover and compelling content, you can directly compete with any bestselling author if you put the time in to make it happen. Saying a Self-Published book isn’t really a book because it was self-published, is like saying a woman who had a C-Section isn’t really a mother because she didn’t have her baby vaginally.

4 Common Sense reasons it can benefit you to Self-Publish

• Ownership
Self-publishing can be the road to your independence. Do you dream of being your own boss? Do you desire more personal freedom? You can turn that dream into a reality. As a self-publisher, you own all rights to your book, whereas a traditional publisher would likely own the rights. If they lose interest in your book, you cannot print additional copies unless you purchase those rights back. Traditional publishers often require you to purchase your book from them to do any promotion you choose to do for your book. As your own publisher you print as many books as you need. Here is a dynamic, proven way to shape your own destiny.


• Timing
Traditional publishers work on a long production cycle, they often plan a year to a year and a half—or even longer—to get a book out. As a self-publisher you can do it in a fraction of that time. It’s your material, your career move – you can take control of when you want to publish.


• Increased Income
Self-publishing offers the potential for huge profits. Like I said before, publishing a book is one thing, making money from it is another. When you use creativity, persistence, and sound business sense, money is there to be made. Most publishers require their authors to do their own promotion, but if you have to do your own promotion, why not self-publish it anyway and make more money? Even if you don’t make a lot of money, Self-Publishing gives you the opportunity to get back what you put in. If you set a plan and work hard at it, you’ll be making it rain in no time. Or, you can work hard only for some big time publisher to tell you that you’re just not good enough.


• Control
Self-publishing gives you the final say on the direction of your book. Your book reflects your vision and not someone else’s. You can personally guide every step, or hire professionals to be on your team. You can choose the cover you like, the typeface, and the title you want. You maintain absolute control over your own book.

Whether you choose to publish Traditionally, or Self-Publish, completing a book is a great accomplishment. As to whether or not you’re making money from it, that’s up to you. So go ahead, finish that masterpiece; self-publish if that’s what you want to do, defy the stereotypes,  and live your happily ever after.


Yecheilyah Ysrayl is the YA, Historical Fiction author of The Stella Trilogy. She is currently working on her next book series “The Nora White Story” about a young black woman writer who dreams of taking part in The Harlem Renaissance movement and her parents struggle to accept their traumatic past in the Jim Crow south. “Renaissance: The Nora White Story (Book One)” is due for release spring, 2017. For updates on this project, sneak peek of chapters and the pending book cover release for this project, be sure to follow this blog and to subscribe to Yecheilyah’s email list HERE.

A Message to The College Bound

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I first want to give sincere congratulations to all of my High School Grads going on to College this year! What an exciting journey! Education happens to be another passion of mine and I love seeing young people achieve. Sure, I have my thoughts on the school system as a collective whole, but that doesn’t mean it’s all bad. I still love the idea of continuing ones education and if I didn’t have mad student loans, it is something I wouldn’t mind going back to.

So, I was speaking to a niece of mine and I do have a some suggestions for those stepping into this new life:

  • Don’t Have Too Much Fun

College is a different world than High School. Partying and drinking all night may make you popular, but your professor will fail you, without mercy and without pity. The decisions you make now are extremely critical and they impact you for life. Don’t be the person who could have graduated but was too busy chasing sex and Hennessy to study. This is your chance to be the adult you couldn’t wait to be. This means maintaining discipline, control, and making wise decisions. College students, especially freshmen, are green lights to those who only want to cause your downfall. This is not High School which means you should always be aware of your surroundings and use logic in every decision you make.Trust for these first years should not be a big priority, get to know people first or they will take advantage of you.

  • Be Sure to Choose a Major that is in Line With the Career Path You Want to Take.

Political Science sounds good on paper, but you’ve been into math your whole life, why not accounting? Some actions don’t require research, just common sense. Make sure your majors line up with your career path and goals. Don’t just pick anything because it sounds cool, but make sure it will lead you to where you want to be. Beware also of majors that won’t get you anywhere after you graduate. For instance: Unless you are trying to be a preacher, a major in Theology’s not going to do much for you. Philosophy is another one that sounds deep, but won’t take you anywhere in the real world. Make sure your course of study is in an area that is strong, where there are plenty of careers in that field.

  • Don’t Choose Your School Just Because of its Prestigious Reputation

Don’t believe the hype. I’m sure we would all like to go to Harvard but there’s a good chance you can save a lot of money going to a smaller school and receive the same level of education. Don’t limit yourself to what you see on TV, but keep your options open and never participate in something because you just heard about it. Do your research and make sure it’s the right thing for you.

  • Have Fun!

There’s enough hard work and study to go around for everybody, but don’t forget to enjoy the experience because once its over that’s it. You will never get the opportunity to experience this again. Even as we age, College for the first time is never as fresh and as exciting as it is when you are fresh out of High School. Many of you will have your own apartments for the first time, your own space by way of a dorm room, you’ll get to pay your own bills for the first time and make big decisions on your own. It’s just a different experience at 17 and 18, than 40 and 45 because life is just beginning; so if you have a chance to do it now don’t wait. Take it all in, study but don’t forget to breathe, it’s a wonderful moment and it will disappear before you know it. I started off saying not to have too much fun, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have any. Just balance your time and discipline yourself and you’ll do fine.