Reasons to self-publish

Before you begin looking for publishers you should ask yourself, is self-publishing right for you?

TAKE A LOOK AT THE 4TH QUESTION TO THIS SERIES.

4. Are you limited with marketing, publishing, and technology skills and would prefer someone to represent you?

Self-publishing demands that you wear multiple hats.  You are responsible for writing, marketing, publishing, sometimes editing, graphic design, and a list of other stuff.  As a self-publisher, you don’t have the luxury of just writing.  If you prefer to just write and never deal with the marketing or publishing side of the business, then maybe traditional publishing is a better route for you.


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Self-publishers are multi-taskers who have a diverse skill set.  It’s becoming more popular to see that the author and the illustrator are the same person. In addition, many are learning how to to design their own websites and promotional materials.  Even more so, authors are now becoming publishers who bind and print their own books.

Traditional publishing is great route to take especially if your publisher has a solid marketing plan and can guarantee to sell at least 100,000 copies, but if you prefer to be your own boss, then self-publishing might be a better option.

You owe it to yourself to really investigate the pros and cons of self-publishing and whether you have the stomach to digest everything that it entails. Don’t short change yourself!

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Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


5 reasons why self-publishing is right for you

Self-publishing is not for everyone, but it offers another route for those that want to carry out their own vision.  There are many reasons to self-publish, but below are the top five.

1. CREATIVE CONTROL
As a self-publisher, you have the ability to be your own boss and manage the whole operation. You are able to set your own goals and deadlines.  Traditional publishers rarely solicit your input in the creative or marketing side.  Normally, they determine the release date for your book in addition to the book’s cover. With self-publishing, you are able to design your own cover, determine the book format and size, and much more!

2. COMPENSATION
You are able to potentially make more money as a self-publisher because you cut out the middle man and the unwanted costs that traditional publishers pay.

3. THE LONG HAUL
Traditional publishers stop promoting your book once the new best thing hits the market or once your sales drop.  As a self-publisher, you can promote your book for as long as you like.

4. PRICING
Self-publishers can adjust the price of their book whenever they decide to.  As a marketing tool, you can lower the price during the holiday season or offer an ebook version for a fraction of the cost.

5. FLEXIBILITY
There is minimal flexibility with traditional publishers.  As a self-publisher, you can change the release date of your book in order to buy you more time.  You are able to periodically adjust your wholesale discount.  You are even able to offer freebies and giveaways in order to expand your customer base.

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Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


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