Should you self-publish your book

Self-publishing gives you the opportunity to channel your creativity into a finished product and the freedom to be your own boss.

Many authors never see the day when their work is actually published into book form.  For many, it’s an endless collection of torn pieces inside of a notebook or crumbled pages that once have served as a place holder for their coffee.  The desire to publish traditionally is losing its appeal every day because great writers are tired of sitting on the back burner waiting for a publisher to believe in them.  Well guess what?  We need to start believing in ourselves!

Self-publishing is becoming more attractive every day because it evens the playing field, giving everyone a chance to become a successful author.  So why should you self-publish? For creative control, flexibility, and longevity…and so much more!

My advice, don’t let your talent dwindle or vanish into thin air just because of someone’s rigid expectations or submission guidelines.  Take charge, be bold, and put one foot in front of the other…and walk!!

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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.


Is self-publishing right for you?

Is self-publishing right for you? This question might help you determine whether or not to self-publish your book.

ASK YOURSELF THIS!

2. Do you want to become an expert in your field, grow your company, and/or build your author platform?

There are so many people who believe that a book will automatically sell and speak for itself.  Well, that’s not true because books can’t speak.  They are unable to tap customers on the shoulder to say, “Please purchase me!”  Therefore, it is our responsibility to showcase our finished product to the world.

First, start off by becoming an expert in your field. Check out books in the library and read several articles that provide an in depth insight about that genre or subject area. Post frequent articles on your blog showcasing your knowledge base and find opportunities to guest post. Make sure that you have published at least two to three books in that particular genre in order to show your credibility.

Second, try to make pertinent decisions that grow and not hinder your company.  Seek partnerships that add value and validity to your business.  Don’t overspend, but set aside a lump sum of money for marketing and advertising.

Last, make sure that you develop a fan base and build your platform as an author.  Stay consistent, confident, and creative.  Make sure that you connect with readers through book signings, book fairs, and book readings.  Also, reach out to people through social media such as: Twitter, GooglePlus, Facebook, Goodreads, and more. 


If you are interested in taking your book to the next level then you must push yourself and believe in your work. “When passion meets excellence then the limits are removed.” – Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva

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About 

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.


Reasons to self-publish

Is Self-Publishing Right For You? 5 Questions You Should Answer Before You Self-Publish!

Before you decide on which route you want to take, make sure that you write down your overall goals and plans. Think about the following questions.

1. Are you only interested in the milestone of publishing your book or do you plan to sell millions of copies?

2. Do you want to become an expert in your field, grow your company, and author platform?

3. Do you want to see your book sitting on the shelves of Target, Wal-Mart, and/or Barnes and Noble?

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

5. Are you willing to pay a vanity or subsidy press a large sum of money to do the leg work for you?

There are different ways to publish your book. You can go the traditional route and seek a literary agent, if you like. If this is the right choice for you then you must finish your manuscript, draft your one page query, and a two page synopsis. Next, you should purchase A Guide to Literary Agents and look for agents that represent your specific genre. One benefit in going this route is that your book is almost guaranteed to be carried in one of the larger bookstores. One drawback is that you lose control over your book. You are able to provide input here and there, but ultimately the publisher will make most of the marketing and publishing decisions for you.

Self-publishing is another route to take to get your book published and made visible to the world. You can start your own publishing company or go with a POD service and list their company as the publisher. If you self-publish, keep in mind that you are responsible for the creative side, the marketing side, and the business side. You must have the ability to wear multiple hats.

You also have the option of going with an independent publishing company where they will fund the book for you. They will be more willing to take a chance on you versus one of the Big Five (Harper Collins, Scholastic, Random House, etc). The downside is that they don’t have the funding or connections to get you on the shelves of the top bookstores.

Vanity and subsidy presses are appealing to those that have the upfront cash and want someone else to do most of the work for them. They will design your book cover for you, provide you with an ISBN, and much more. There are tons of unhappy clients that have posted tons of articles about their publishing practices so please be careful and do your research.

Keep in mind, no one can make these decisions for you. It all goes back to your goals and plans for your book. Start here, and you should be fine!

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About 

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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