Friday, June 19, 2009
Reasons to NOT be an independent self-publisher
I love being a self-publisher, but it's not the right solution for all books, all writers, or all of the time.
It costs more money than using a traditional publisher who pays the costs of publishing and pays you royalties when books are sold. HOWEVER, it costs less than vanity publishing.
You’ll need to have, to develop, or hire people with additional skills such as book design, business management and book publicity.
You’ll have to make lots of decisions, and may have to do research before you can decide what to do. Very basic choices such as book title, length and price can have a major impact on sales, and you may not be qualified to decide.
If you have one of those elusive special, spectacular books and can get an contract from a traditional publisher, you’ll probably make more money and do less work than if you are an independent self publisher — but you’ll wait longer for the money.
Even though you will have a lot of control, you can’t control everything, and this may be very frustrating. You can’t control the state of the economy, you can’t force people to be interested in your topic, you can’t control which booksellers are willing to sell or promote your book.
You have to spend more money and time than if you were published by a traditional publishing company that does all of the work after you submit your manuscript.
If the book fails, by whatever measure you choose to apply, most or all of the blame is on you.
Some people will not be impressed.
Your books are unlikely to be stocked by “bricks-and-mortar” book sellers.
It will be harder to get book reviews.