6 Reasons You Should Self-Publish

by | Aug 25, 2014


By Tiana Warner

I was talking with a writer friend recently, and we got into a discussion on traditional publishing vs. self-publishing. She’s been querying agents like crazy. I’ve been doing self-publishing prep like crazy. She was surprised to find out I didn’t even bother trying to get an agent or traditional publishing contract.

Why would I do such a thing? Why would I not even try to get a publisher?

I’ve done a lot of research on the matter, and while both approaches have advantages, I decided self-publishing was a better option for me. Let’s talk about why.

  1. Follow your own timeline

    The traditional publishing timeline takes a zen-like level of patience. Realistically, you’re looking at a few months of querying agents, revising your query letter, and querying some more. Once you’ve acquired an agent, she then has to find you a publisher, which takes even more time and patience. Upon acceptance, the timeline for a publishing house is often one, two, or even three years. After all this, you’re not even guaranteed to have a book deal.

    Even Queen Rowling got rejected about a dozen times before finally getting published. Life’s too short for that, and what’s “hot” in the book market evolves too quickly. Self-publishing gets your book out there as soon as you want. While I wouldn’t recommend publishing your book the day after you’re done your second draft, it’s motivating to know you can see it in print a few months after completion.

  2. Control your story and platform

    When you get picked up by a publishing house, you’re signing over the rights to your book. It’s quite possible that their editor will make you change stuff you don’t want to change—including the title. When you hire your own editor, you have the freedom to decide where to draw the line. It is still your book.

    Personally, I like being able to choose the cover of my book, and the price, and where it’s distributed. What if the publishing house gives me a horrendous cover or a $34.00 hardcover copy? What if they want to price my eBook at $15.00? Unfortunately this happens all the time.

  3. Higher royalties

    CreateSpace takes about 40% when you sell a paperback. Publishing houses usually take at least 85%, and your agent gets a chunk of what’s left (usually about 15%). There are other means of payment, like advances and flat rates, but in summary, you’re left with about enough to pay rent on the cardboard box you’ll have to live in.

    Sure, if you sell a million copies that makes $40,000, but I’d rather sell a million copies at 60% royalty, thankyouverymuch.

  4. The time is right

    We’re in an age where self-published books have a better chance than ever of making it big. Print-On-Demand services and free eBook distribution are abound. One in three ebooks sold on Amazon are self-published. You don’t even need to be in a bookstore to be successful.

    People don’t care how a book is published, as long as the book is good. If it’s going to explode, it’ll explode, whether or not it’s traditionally published.

  5. Either way, marketing is up to you

    Publishing house or not, you’re still responsible for marketing your own work. Yes, sometimes a publishing house helps out with PR and reviews, but it really varies. These days, you’ll likely need to create a marketing plan anyway if you want to impress a publisher enough for them to pick you up.

    For me, the chance that a publishing house might help me promote myself is not enough to make me want to forgo the above advantages.

  6. You believe in yourself

    Ok, let me get all self-helpy for a minute. Write this on an index card: “I am a bestselling author.” Put it on your fridge. Look at it every day. If you believe wholeheartedly you can achieve something, then it absolutely will happen. I promise.

    You’re an organized, driven person who has just written an entire book. You can absolutely put in the work and follow the steps required to publish it. You know there are infinite resources on self-publishing and marketing waiting for you on the web. You have every reason to be confident that you can self-publish your book, without giving up control, royalties, time, and that scene you love so much.

    50 Shades was self-published. If 50 Shades can do it, then for the love of all that is holy, you can do it.

Bottom line?

Here’s the thing. No matter what the medium, you need to do research to figure out how to market your book as best as possible. The more you get exposure and reviews, the more you do giveaways and networking and interviews, the better your chances of selling a lot of copies.

Self-publishing does cost more money up front. You’ll need to pay for your own editor, for cover design, and other miscellaneous fees. But if writing truly is your passion then this shouldn’t matter. Hobbies cost money. Startup businesses cost money. Writing is a hobby and a business. Personally, I don’t mind spending money on something I love this much. It’s like an investment in myself, and in the plan that soon I’ll make it back.

To be clear, I’m not against traditional publishing. Books are sexy and I think both approaches win. In fact, maybe a “hybrid” approach is best.

What do you think? What’s your take on self-publishing vs. traditional publishing? Tell us in the comments.

Tiana Warner headshotTiana Warner is a YA fantasy author from British Columbia, Canada. Check out her upcoming novel, Ice Massacre. Tiana enjoys riding her horse, Bailey, and collecting tea cups. She would love to connect with you on Twitter—find her @tianawarner.

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36 Comments

  1. Bre

    Thanks so much for this article! I have a written, edited, rewritten, re-edited, rewritten – finally finished novel, I am ready to pull the trigger on self-publishing. But, I suddenly got cold feet because of alllllll the web pages that tell me, “Don’t do it! Impatient people self-publish.”
    But I am not impatient. I have patiently slaved over this work to create something excellent, not published the first copy that rolled off of my fingers onto the screen.
    And you have so clearly pointed out that there is very little benefit to searching for a company to take me on. I feel like the knot in my stomach has loosened and I can do this!

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  2. Grace

    Thanks, Ernie for sharing your years of experience, I so appreciate it.
    Reading the exact amount of profits and percentage going to publishers is very helpful in the decision making process to either, self publish or to go with traditional publishing house.

    A while back, I used to write for the newspaper under a alias, name because of who I worked for at the time. I was stunned many times, when the copy editor would reorganize my work, change the graphics, or leave out the most significant points of the story. We would many times argue about it, sometime I would win, but usually the editor would win. The argument was, ” you have to write as if your writing for someone with a sixth grade education.” so using “big words” is not impressive or important since the reader does not know what it means. Anyhow, that was a great experience for me as writer to understand more about the inner workings of that sort of business.

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  3. Dave Gibson

    I’ve written a few boating magazine articles in the past, but I sat down and wrote a niche book about living among Sasquatches (it is a memoir, non-fiction). I doubted I could get a publisher to take it on. Being a first time author with a limited audience, the dollars weren’t there. Still, I sent out a few manuscripts, all which were turned down.

    A friend self-publishes. It seemed to me like a daunting task, but I decided to look into it. I didn’t write this book for others, I wrote it for myself, and I wanted to see it in print, even if I bought them all to send to friends.

    I started the process and found it amazingly easy. Lulu assigned an ISBN number for me. Being a writer, I wrote the back cover. Being a photographer, I designed the front cover using one of my own photographs. Why pay anyone to do what I can do?

    My costs to publish my book? Zero. I am now awaiting my proof hard copy, and once approved, it goes beyond Lulu to Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Yeah, I’m not going to get rich, but I have the satisfaction of bringing an idea to fruition. A book.

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  4. lidy

    If you self-publish, can you include a copyright page in your work even if you haven’t registered it with the copyright office?

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    • Ernie Zelinski

      Lidy:

      Definitely. Your original work is copyright the minute you write it. A copyright page just points out that your work is original and you are protecting it. Registering your copyright with the copyright office makes it easier to launch a lawsuit against a copyright violation.

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  5. JL Oakley

    Love all the comments here. Thanks Ernie, for yours and the comments by Russell Blake. The comment about comparing the self-pub rush to the gold rush with the book services is funny because more people made money selling miner’s tool during the Gold Rush than miners panned for gold.

    I’m self-pubbed, Still sending out the occasional query for certain books, but I’m glad I jumped. It IS hard work, but there are many rewards. Discover-ability grows as I get more work out.

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  6. Margaret Ivory

    Writing is hard enough but marketing what you write is even harder. I agree with the author that with either sales method, you will need to concentrate on marketing your publication totally yourself or with the help of other authors.

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  7. Melanie Abed

    I wholeheartedly agree! I love your comment: “Even Queen Rowling got rejected about a dozen times before finally getting published. Life’s too short for that, and what’s “hot” in the book market evolves too quickly.”

    Life is too short for that nonsense, especially when you know what you are doing, or you have hired people that can help you produce an excellent product.

    Great to e-meet you Tiana!
    Melanie

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  8. Nathalie Bagadey

    Hi Joel and Tiana !
    I just wanted to say thank you for the precious advice you give to beginners like me. I’ve subscribed to your newsletter and your articles helped me a lot, not to mention the tools you offer to independant authors.
    Today I’m embarking on a new venture, becoming an “indie” myself and if it feels GREAT it’s because people like you have paved the way for me.
    Thanks again.
    (FYI, I’m a French author and I mentioned your help on my site. I guess you don’t speak French but here is the link anyway : http://www.nathaliebagadey.fr/mon-aventure-dans-l-autoedition-2-qu-est-ce-que-c-est-l-autoedition-a109173886 )
    Thanks again !

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  9. D. R. Martin

    Those who are considering the indie-publishing route might also like to read what one of the genre’s most successful authors, Russell Blake, has to say. As he has before, his Aug. 28 post at his blog–http://russellblake.com/–rains, pours, dumps on the notion of indie success. His thesis is that the vast majority are doomed to failure, no matter how good their books. He believes that absent luck, you’re not going to make it. And luck, of course, is the element we cannot control.

    He writes: “You want an easy gig? Go be a nuclear physicist. This s**t is hard, and you have to be out of your mind to believe you can make it barring a ton of work, incredible luck, and the stamina of Hercules.”

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    • Ernie Zelinski

      D. R. Martin:

      You are doing everyone a favor by sharing Russell Blake’s perspective. I have been a fan of what he has had to say for a long time.

      In effect, Russell Blake is saying that a lot of so-called “book experts” are selling false hope to most wannabe writers who will not sell more than 100 copies of their book in its lifetime. That’s if the wannabe writers get around to writing and publishing their books.

      Here is one comment by Blake about self-publishing from one of his recent blogs:

      “Yes, hard work is generally a good recipe, although not a guarantee of success, in any business. I think there are lots of authors out there with tremendous talent, but because of their day job, inadequate time resources to devote what it takes to make this happen.”

      “There are also plenty who are marginal, but have the time, but lack the critical thinking skills to figure out what the best way to proceed is. These are the folks who buy the “How To Sell Blazillions!” books and then invest thousands of hours in marketing that doesn’t work for them.”

      “I believe that every author’s journey is different, and no two will have the same experience. But each success will be atypical, and impossible to duplicate, which is both part of the magic, as well as the frustration, of this business. Hey, if this was easy, everyone would be doing it . . . ”

      As Blake said, “if this was easy, everyone would be doing it.” Well, a heck of a lot wannabe authors are trying to do it, but the vast majority will not come close to achieving the success they think they will achieve.

      Here is the dark side of the self-publishing world. There is a lot more money being made by so-called ‘book experts” selling their ghost writing, editing, consulting, and marketing services to wannabe authors than is being made by the writers themselves. Mark Coker, owner of Smashwords, agrees. Mark not so long ago penned this in one of his blogs:

      “In the self-publishing gold rush, more money will be made in author services than in book sales.”

      And another passage from astute and very successful writer Russell Blake to place the self-publishing fad in proper perspective:

      “Many indies will give up. Having realized belatedly that 99% of indies fail to make any real money at this, those that don’t feel like beating their heads against a seemingly indestructible wall will go on to something more lucrative. The Gold Rush mentality of “hey, look at X, he’s a talentless twat and sold a ton; it must be easy, so I’ll throw my hat into the ring because then maybe I’ll sell a ton, too” will die, as it should. It will become abundantly obvious to even the dimmest that this is a very, very difficult business to make a living at, and that the chances of being that one in a million are close to nil. … The perceived environment where you can be illiterate and still find someone who will give your book a shot will dry up as readers demand more in exchange for their limited time.”

      Incidentally, I am not being negative by sharing more of Russell Blake’s perspective, which is my perspective as well. The publishing business has served me well for over 20 years (I have sold over 800,000 copies worldwide; I wine and dine very well every night).

      Here is the key; As a self-published author (and partly a traditionally published author), I am prepared to do the things that over 99 percent of authors are not prepared to do. In other words, I am a 1 percenter when it comes to creativity and action. If you want to get the results that I have gotten, you have to do the same.

      Having said that, many authors will not get the results I have gotten even if they work two or three times as many hours as I do. Russell Blake emphasizes the problem of people who “lack the critical thinking skills”. This is a much bigger problem for many people than they themselves realize. Along with “critical thinking skills”, a lot of people lack important “creative thinking skills” required for marketing a book properly. Then there is the lack of plain “common sense”, which is just as big of a problem as the lack of “critical thinking skills” and the lack of “creative thinking skills.”

      In short, to put things into proper perspective, someone once said,

      “Writing a best-selling book is as easy as flapping your ears and flying to Mars — of course, anyone can do this.”

      Ernie J. Zelinski
      The Prosperity Guy
      “Helping Adventurous Souls Live Prosperous and Free”
      Author of the Bestseller “How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free”
      (Over 200,000 copies sold and published in 9 languages)
      and the International Bestseller “The Joy of Not Working’
      (Over 275,000 copies sold and published in 17 languages)

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      • Sal

        I am a mathematician and computer program. The truth is that solving an advanced math problem is harder and takes more creativity then writing a single novel. That being said. I wrote had published textbook on programming years ago. The publisher put me in every book store and online. I made as much or more as anyone makes, but the truth there is most well sold writers make less then teens make at McDonald’s. Even New York Times best sellers make nothing compared to my job as a computer programmer. My point is that publisher do little to nothing beyond getting you into the big box stores. And I haven’t visited such a store in over 10 years. So publishers really can’t add any value anymore. And a disappointed independent just didn’t realize that subtracting money for selling it as a movie and subtracting all of the book sell brought on by the movie. That one book authors make nothing with or without a publishing house.

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  10. Ken Preston

    All great points about self-publishing, or indie-publishing as I prefer to call it. We live in a wonderful age where we, as creators, are free to create and publish without the boundaries set up by traditional gate keepers.
    But this also presents us with a tremendous responsibility, to make sure that what we create is powerful, personal, and created to the best of our abilities.
    I flit between indie publishing and trad publishing. So far I have made more money from trad, but I firmly believe in the freedom of indie publishing (my latest book, Joe Coffin, will be indie published as I cannot see how it would fit with a regular publisher) and I also believe that in the long run I will make more money down the indie route.
    My one piece of advice? Don’t go into this expecting quick results. Either route, trad or indie, you’ve got to persevere.
    But indie-publishing? Definitely!

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  11. Pamela ravenwood

    Great article and couldn’t agree more with all your points. As a company that markets self published books I would add to network and collaborate with other authors for leveraged cross promotions.

    For instance, preorder my book and get these three authors books for free. The marketing material would then include info on each writers book and marketed to each writers contact list.

    This is just an example, you can use your creativity to truly leverage one another’s work.

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    • Tiana Warner

      Pamela, thank you for the marketing tips – I agree that author networking is key. I never thought of leveraging one another’s work. Great idea! I suppose that’s similar to the idea of “humble bundle” – providing incentive, as well as letting you reach more people who wouldn’t otherwise discover you.

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  12. D. R. Martin

    After having had three agents (two for books, one for TV scripts) and zero sales, not one thin dime of income (almost got hired on staff in Hollywood)…and battering my head against publishing house brick walls for years…going the indie route three years ago was an easy choice for me.

    By the end of this year, I’ll have published five novels, two novellas, and two short nonfiction books. Sales remain anemic, but they creep up month by month. I’m proud of what I’ve done. Will I achieve the success I’d like? Only time will tell. But I know I’d be kicking myself if I didn’t try.

    But a word of warning to anyone contemplating this route. Just like in any other highly competitive field–consider those thousands of new writers every year, hundreds of thousands of new books–any success you achieve will almost certainly be the result of hard work and sheer dogged determination and stubbornness. There are relatively few “Power Ball” winners in Indie publishing. Most people get there by simply grinding it out and never quitting.

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    • Tiana Warner

      Thank you for sharing your experience and advice! “Grinding it out and never quitting” is so true — making it big without doing much work is like winning the lottery. No matter what the approach to publication, authors need to be willing to work hard.

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  13. Jon Simmonds

    Totally agree with everything you said there Tiana, particularly the point about marketing. If authors are going to have to put in the same amount of effort to publicise their work, regardless of the level of control they’ll give away to a publisher, it just doesn’t make sense. Of course, there’s the financial support from publishers (editing and cover design being just two examples) but on balance, self-publishing is going to work better for a lot of up-and-coming writers.

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    • Tiana Warner

      Thanks, Jon. Yes, financial support is a huge “pro” for traditional publishing! Yet, as you said, self-publishing seems to offer more overall.

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  14. Tiana Warner

    Andrew, I wholeheartedly agree that a professional editor and designer are essential when self-publishing.

    Interesting comment on the quality of books – I’ve actually noticed more and more lately that self-published books sometimes outshine traditionally published books when it comes to the overall quality.

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  15. Andrew

    Tiana, all good points. I guess, you will not find too many dissenters on this topic on Joel’s site. Let’s face it, we are all drawn to this blog because we like this independence and a sense of control of both the content and design (even if commercially not very viable).

    I am on my second self-published book and strongly endorse the value of having professional editor and a book designer. Money well spent.

    Incidentally, I went to my local B&N bookstore last weekend to look for some specific examples how traditional publishers deal with the information related to a frontispiece. Perhaps after reading Joel’s blog my expectations went up, I was utterly unimpressed with the quality of books in non-fiction genres. I saw a lot of cost cutting solutions that go against many recommendations on this site.

    Finally, Joel if you are reding this comment, please have a blog about how to get into writing a screenplay. Thanks for great discussions.

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  16. Ernie Zelinski

    You say for a traditional published book,

    “Sure, if you sell a million copies that makes $40,000,”.

    The print edition of my “The Joy of Not Working” is published by Ten Speed Press (now owned by Random House) and I receive a royalty of $2.40 a copy. So if the book ever sells a million copies, it will earn me $2.4 million and not $40,000. Actually, the print edition through Ten Speed Press has now sold 93,529 copies and has earned me $224,613 in royalties. I don’t use an agent so all of the royalties come to me. The book was first self-published and I did okay with it in Canada, selling 50,000 here. But the US distributor did very little to get the book into US bookstores. When Ten Speed Press published a new edition of the book, they were able to get it into US bookstores in a way I was not able to. The book still sells around 5,000 copies in its print edition and I self publish the ebook edition. Both editions should earn me around $20,000 this year, 23 years after the book was first self-published.

    I would still publish certain books with traditional publishers. There are several reasons for this, which I won’t get into.

    Having said that, I also self-publish, which I have been doing since 1989. Your reasons for self-publishing are my reasons too. Another one of my biggest reasons for self-publishing is that I get to control and sell the foreign rights to my books. I have negotiated around 115 book deals with publishers around the world. My books are published in 22 languages in 29 countries. I don’t use a North American foreign rights agent so I get most of the foreign rights royalties and get paid promptly. The foreign rights sales over the years have generated somewhere between $150,000 and $200,000 for me. If these foreign rights sales had been made through traditional publishers and their agents, I would likely get only around 40 percent of this (and it would take forever to get paid). Actually, even much less, since I am much better at selling foreign rights than traditional publishers are.

    Incidentally, here are three reasons why I make a great living as a self-publisher today by working one or two hours a day:

    “The amount of money you make will always be in direct proportion
    to the demand for what you do, your ability to do it, and the difficulty
    of replacing you.”
    — Earl Nightingale

    “Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is the one who endures that the final victory comes.”
    — Buddha

    “Riches do not respond to wishes. They respond only to definite plans,
    backed by definite desires, through constant persistence.”
    — Napoleon Hill

    Moral of the story: Whether you use a traditional publisher or self-publish, paying your dues takes time. At first, you must put in a lot more into new projects than you get out of them. You will put in five to ten times what you are getting back. Later, you will break even, getting back something equal to what you put in. In time, however, you will get back ten to twenty times what you put in. This is when you will be prosperous and free. People will then wonder why you are so lucky compared to them.

    Ernie J. Zelinski
    The Prosperity Guy
    “Helping Adventurous Souls Live Prosperous and Free”
    Author of the Bestseller “How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free”
    (Over 200,000 copies sold and published in 9 languages)
    and the International Bestseller “The Joy of Not Working’
    (Over 275,000 copies sold and published in 17 languages)

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    • Tiana Warner

      Ernie, thank you so much for sharing all of that! It’s inspiring and educational to read about others’ experiences. I love the quotes you provided as well.

      The $40,000 comment was more of a sarcastic exaggeration, so I appreciate you providing real figures from personal experience. The royalties you’ve received through traditional publishing are comparatively good. Congrats on your success!

      -Tiana

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    • Sal

      You missed the bigger point. You are selling the tools not miming the gold. Your books tell people how to get money and people give you money because they want to make money, not because you told them an interesting story.

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  17. Dean K Miller

    Either way, the book must written well enough for readers to want to buy it. Self publishing (I’ve done one . . . books two and three on my schedule) offers so many options as you’ve described. I choose the self-path due to the genre of my book. There are many other reasons.

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    • Miralee Ferrell

      I completely agree with this, Dean. Poor writing and/or editing will kill a book fast. They might buy the first one, but forget getting sales on any more after that….at least, not at the rate you will if it’s well written.

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    • Tiana Warner

      Agreed! A good quality book is the #1 factor to success, no matter what the approach.

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  18. Miralee Ferrell

    I’ve gone both ways. By the time my current contracts are all published, I’ll have 15 traditionally published books on the market, and at least 3 self-published. Right now, 9 traditional and one indie, with more coming soon in both. I’m going to stay hybrid (doing both) if possible, and if contract offers continue for one of my current series. If not, I’ll go all indie.

    Why both? I like the nice advance I get on the traditional and I love the company I’m currently working with. They’ve treated me well, do a good job at publicity and marketing, and I like seeing my books on the shelves at Walmart, B&N, Christian book stores, etc.

    Why did I decide to go indie? Because I wanted to add a couple of novellas to my current series of full-sized historical romances. My publisher ok’d me doing a spin-off on my own (as they chose not to contract them), as long as I mentioned the entire series when marketing my novella. Now that I have one novella under my belt in the indie scene, I’m hooked. While I don’t have that nice advance, I do have complete control over content, cover, title, price, and the best thing to me, the rights to my books are mine forever, with no battle to get them reverted, IF I can at all. And no non-compete clause. All very positive factors to consider.

    But it means I need to get at least one series out where I can put the first one free or very low priced to get interest in the balance of the series, to make any real money. It also means I need to do my best writing possible and make sure my editing is solid, since I don’t have the advantage of a substantive editor, copy editor and a team of proofreaders.

    I’ve paid back the cost of my book three times over and more, but that’s not a dent in what the advance would be if I’d signed a contract. So it pays to really think about it all. Can you afford to give up a potential contract (I just did) and go indie? Can you afford not to, if it means never getting your rights back?

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    • Dean K Miller

      Miralee: The “hybrid” sure seems like the best of both world. Traditional does have its advantages, and if one can make both systems work (i.e. sell books) for them, all the better. Congrats and continued success.

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      • Miralee Ferrell

        Thanks, Dean. It’s definitely a juggling act to stay on deadline with traditional contracts and still be able to put out quality indie books, but it’s worth it. And by doing both, I’m getting the extra publicity from my publisher, which in turn, helps my indie books, as well. Always good to have your name out there, no matter what. Good luck on your endeavors as well.

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        • Tiana Warner

          Miralee- Thanks so much for sharing your experience! Congrats on finding success as a hybrid author. I agree: that approach reaps the benefits of both worlds!

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  19. Tiana Warner

    Thanks for sharing your experience, Karyn! I’m a bit of a control freak too ;) It’s great that authors now have the option to retain that control.

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  20. Karyn Lawrence

    Couldn’t agree more. I spent 10+ years in screenwriting, querying and pitching like a mad woman with marginal success. When I transitioned into novels, I didn’t even consider traditional publishing. I’ve done my time trying to get through gatekeepers. Self-publishing was absolutely the way for me, and I’m loving it! It probably helps that I’m a bit of a control freak so making the decisions on everything from pricing to covers… that’s incredibly appealing to me.

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  21. Marjorie Turner Hollman

    Your point about timeliness is well-taken. my most recent book appears to be tapping into a “hot” topic and who knows if there will be as much enthusiasm 2-3 years down the road. There is interest right now, and it feels wonderful to be able to say, ‘Yes, and here’s my book about just what you’re talking about. (Not, “It will be out someday, I’ll let you know…)
    I checked “yes’ to all your reasons to self-publish–and am having some success (relative) in doing it. What I’ve discovered is that in the process of marketing my book (EAsy WAlks in Massachusetts) I’ve found enough other material to make me confident of publishing a second in the series, and already have the name –drumroll–“More Easy Walks in Massachusetts.” :-) Already feels like the second will be easier than the first, with a FAcebook page following that will help me get the word out. And yes, I’d rather be getting %60 of what I sell (and more when I do direct sales at events). All good. Thanks for the encouragement and confirmation.

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    • Tiana Warner

      Hi Marjorie,

      Exactly! It’s great to be able to publish it NOW while the topic is hot. Timeliness is key for sequels, too, and it sounds like you’re keeping on top of that. Best of luck!

      Tiana

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