Why I Self-Publish

After years of trying to get into print via the New York publishers, I gave up.  And I’ll have to admit that it was only years that I spent— two, exactly.  It soon became obvious that I wasn’t going to make it.  I was at the end of a very long line of worthy authors.  So, what was I to do?

Stop writing?  Not possible.  Stop having readers.  What’s the point?  Make money?  Why not?

I started to self publish.  In the meantime, while waiting for New York to respond, I made enough money to supplant a career spent penned up like a veal in a cubicle in the Silicon Valley writing technical documentation.

What follows are some reasons you might consider self publishing yourself rather than following the traditional publishing model of going after a publisher.

1 Publishers Provide Little Bang for the Buck

Winnowing out rejects, editing, providing a cover, production, distribution, and advertising.  What more can a traditional publisher do?  For years, traditional, hardcopy publishers have had a stranglehold on the publishing industry, deciding what gets published and what does not.  Actually, it’s worse than that.  Six major publishers, with a handful of editors each, were deciding what America was going to read.  That’s because everything was in hardcopy and the publishers owned the presses and the distribution channels.  Well, thankfully, that is no longer the case.

With the advent of eBook publication, publishers have lost their stranglehold on the two key elements which could not previously be circumvented by the self publisher.  Namely, production and distribution.  Now the self published author can produce digital media and distribute via Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, SmashWords, and Create Space (note: the last is actually hardcopy).  The rest of the traditional publisher’s services can be easily replaced.

By who?

By you.

This blog will teach you how to avoid publishers so that you don’t get winnowed out, find an editor for your work, create a simple, cheap yet effective cover, distribute via the big self publishing sites, and advertise using your own internet connections.  Sound good?  Keep reading…

2 Speed of Publishing

Another big benefit to self publishing is the speed and regularity with which you can release material.  Most publishers will release one of your books one or two times a year.  If you’re a writer like me, I guarantee that you can produce material faster than that.

So, since I wanted to publish on my schedule instead of New York’s, I decided to self publish.

3 Freedom

How about the freedom to write what you want to write rather than what you have to write.  Nough said, I’m movin’ on.

4 Control

I like having access to up to the minute sales figures and being paid monthly.  I don’t trust someone I don’t even know to relay entirely accurate sales figures.  I don’t like having to depend on a publisher’s art department to sink or float my book.  I like to set my own release dates.

I guess I just like being in control.

by Brian Jackson

Home Page: http://www.brianjjaxn.com
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