Should you self-publish or not?

Before you decide whether or not self-publishing is right for you, take a look at the following question.

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

I’ve never worked with a vanity or subsidy press so I cannot give you any firsthand knowledge, but I have read a few articles that are in favor and against their practices.  Vanity and subsidy presses have been given a bad name because they often ask for upfront money in order to publish your book.  I’ve read that sometimes they do not deliver on what they promise and require that you purchase your books from them using their offset shipping methods.  Many self-publishers prefer POD shipping so that they’re not inundated with tons of books that they are not able to sell right away.

It is up to you whether you want to give a vanity or subsidy press a chance or not, but make sure that you negotiate on the price and do not buy too many books unless you already have purchase orders on hand.  Also, make sure that they deliver on everything that they promise you.  If they promise to promote your book or provide you with 100 free copies, then make sure that you get your monies worth.  Hope this helps!

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For more information on POD and offset printing, check out this article from Publisher’s Weekly.

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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.


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.


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