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. 

The next step is the 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 that, thankfully, has waned in this digital era. That stigma can be identified by statements such as, “Your book isn’t really published because you couldn’t get it accepted by a ‘real publisher.'”

However, being a Self-Publisher only means you are in charge of the direction of your book. The publisher (in this case, you) is 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. Still, many Self-Publishers still wear this “badge of shame” for choosing not to go the traditional route, as if they were the scarlet woman or something.

This list can help clarify and simplify things for you.

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. You own all rights to your book as a self-publisher, 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. 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. 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 much, Self-Publishing allows you 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 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. It 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 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 happily ever after.

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I write to restore Black Historical Truth for the freedom of all people. Visit me online at yecheilyahysrayl.com and @yecheilyah on IG and Twitter.

28 thoughts on “4 Common Sense Reasons It Can Benefit You to Self-Publish”

  1. Love your c section analogy although it seems to me self publishing is like delivering at home. You’re doing it ALL yourself. Thanks for the common sense logic steps to explain why choosing self-publishing isn’t always about quality of work.

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  2. I self published …The Runaway Schoolhouse…a chapter book . I launched it ten months ago and have learn a lot about publishing and marketing. However one pitfall is that your time is no longer your own.
    I am conscious that reviews are very important and that promises of reviews are eas y to get but actually getting them on a site such as goodreads or amazon is not so easy.
    If anyone has advice on this I would love to hear it.

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    1. Thank you Maria for leaving a comment on the table. I am sure many people will be responding quickly to this thread.

      Let me start by sympathizing. Self-Publishing is hard and asking for reviews is the easy part. People don’t always deliver on the promises they made. I often wonder why that person said they’d read my book only for me to never hear from them again. Not even an email to say, you know what? Your book sucked! Lol. I’d prefer some feedback as opposed to nothing when I did give you a free book for that purpose.

      However, I want to also say that your time is always yours. There’s a lot to do, yes. But if you focus too much on how to “do it right”, you will be overwhelmed. If you cloud yourself with promotion and marketing, I gotta do this and that, you will want to quit. So, what to do?

      You write. Write and build platform. Start on your next book and continue to network with others. Work toward making yourself more visible by introducing them to your words (write articles, blog chapters from the book, etc). Work toward increasing your reach, and writing more books. Don’t stop promoting your current works but don’t dedicate ALL your time to it either. It will bring you down.

      I hope this has helped.

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