So, you’re doing some downsizing and lo and behold you come across a number of stories that you or a relative wrote a while back. You have no idea as to what to do with them. You finally make up your mind and decide that you want to have them published, but have no clue as to what steps you should take to get it done.
Well you could send a copy of the story to any number of third-party publishing companies. You know, the ones where you have to wait for them to sweep you off your feet by offering you the deal of a lifetime. Or, you could simply look into self-publishing.
When you self-publish a book, as an author there’s “more to the story” then just writing the book. You will need to edit, do the cover page, have it printed, set up a website, draw traffic to your website, promote via social media, and sell the book yourself. Sounds like a lot of work, right? Especially if you are a shy writer or write for fun. All of those steps can be intimidating. But if you take the time to put in the proper amount of work as you press on you will be successful.
As a self-publisher you have the option of approaching retailers (including bookstores) to see if they will carry your book. You make the decision as to the price of the book and control the design of your book cover. Publishing your book is almost instant and you get paid on your book sales once a month. You also do not have to worry about a deadline which is a huge plus!
Another con with traditional publishing is you often have to wait on the publisher to make key decisions before publishing. You are involved working with your publisher, but your power is limited and you always have to make sure both parties are on the same page.
One recommendation though with self-publishing is you should always compare the different companies where you will sell your book to see which one has the highest commission rate. It’s important of course to know how much you will earn per sale.
But whether you decide traditional or self-publishing it’s still a matter of choice. The important thing is either way, do your research and make a sound decision. The world is waiting to hear your story!
Ann M. Hampton, P.S. D.D.