Since I have self-published two novels, I’d thought I’d give you some of my thoughts on self-publishing. The thing to remember is… these are my opinions. Other authors might have completely different opinions.
The publishing part of self-publishing is easy. I have published at Amazon.com, Smashwords.com, and CreateSpace.com, and all those places are user-friendly. In my opinion, it’s easier to self-publish than find a publisher.
Is it better to self-publish or find a publisher? Who knows? Truthfully, I think the jury is still out on that subject, and since I’ve never had a publisher, I’m not in a position to really comment. However, truthfully, in recent years I have never wanted to spend time querying publishers and waiting for their response. I’d much rather spend my time writing books than query letters.
Querying is hard work, and I wouldn’t suggest you do it unless you have thick skin. I don’t want to mislead you, I have tried querying publishers in years past, but it is a drain on your soul to wait for rejection. Of course, YOU might not get rejected, so I’m not telling you that you shouldn’t try to find a publisher. I’m just saying I’d rather not spend my time querying publishers. I have better things to do with my time.
Writing books is also easy for me. I have never had any serious bouts with writer’s block and usually I’d rather spend my time writing that doing other things. Yes, I know my life sounds boring, but really it’s not… I have a teenager at home and I work full-time and I’m married, so there are plenty of distractions. I just enjoy writing.
The part of self-publishing that is not easy for me is marketing. I would rather work on a chapter than write an ad. I would rather write than sit in a bookstore and sign books. I would rather write than try to figure out how to sell on the internet. I’d rather work on my novel than write a press release. It’s a good thing I don’t have to make a living from the proceeds of my books.
So these are my thoughts about self-publishing. Other writers might say they love the marketing, but it’s hard for them to finish a book. Other writers might insist that you have to have a publisher. I think that one thing all writers should ask themselves is why they are writing. And once a writer knows the answer to that question, they can decide if self-publishing is or is not right for them.
Why do I write? I write because I really don’t know what I’d do with all my time if I didn’t write. Sure, I’d love to write a bestseller, all writers wish for that. But if someone from the future traveled back in time to tell me I’d never be a famous writer, I’d still write. Writing completes me. It is who I am.