Self-Publishing Decisions

Why choose to self-publish?

So you’ve finally finished your manuscript, and your looking at where to publish it. You want to make sure that the final copy looks exactly how you’ve envisioned it, but you need help getting it there. What do you do next?

When choosing a publisher for your book, sit back and think about all of your options. What important factors will influence your decision? The whole idea of self-publishing is that as the author, you maintain control over the book production.

There are many reasons for self-publishing your book, and they usually relate to your head, your heart, or your wallet.

In order to make your self-publishing venture a success, you need to be very clear about why you are doing it, and what will be required. Your reasons will influence every decision you make, both large and small.

The pros and cons of self-publishing your book:

Publishing houses are extremely selective, and sometimes it takes months for them to email you just to let you know that they don’t want to publish your book. Since it’s an assumed custom that you only send your manuscript out to one publishing house at a time, it can be many months until you feel that you’ve exhausted almost all of your options, and patience.

If you were to opt for self-publishing, you would receive a quick response and quote, and you would be in total control of the cover, design, and contents. However, you would also be totally to blame. You have to come up with the money to pay for it all, but you do get to keep all of the profits. If you’re sensible, you won’t be at a loss.

If you want to sell nationally, you will have to wrestle with distributors and bookshops – they will take a large portion of your cover price.

There are lots of small ‘marketplaces’ where you can sell your book successfully and commercial publishers can’t (it can be an advantage to be small). It provides the opportunity to experiment, to create and publish outside the mainstream, to offer something new and different to the world.

Your decision to self-publish can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience with the right services and advice.

Read more about self-publishing a book:

Self Publishing Advantages & Disadvantages

Our Book Publishing & Book Printing Services

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