I remember when I first started thinking about publishing a book about 7 years ago. The rampant feeling then was, "if you can't get a REAL publisher to publish your book, it must not be worth anything."
The times, they are a-changin'!
Now, for most authors who come to me for mentoring, I highly recommend independent publishing (self publishing).
For one thing, it's not just "vanity presses" like there used to be. There are nice, legitimate, affordable (even FREE) ways to publish a book.
Examples of print publishers:
Examples of digital publishing services:
Those are just examples. There are many more.
Oh, how I love guest blogging! Nice way to bring fresh voices. Here's a guest post by Alessandra Macaluso to inspire you to publish a book now.
Writers: What's Stopping You?
Guest post by Alessandra Macaluso
Writers: do you have an idea for a book in mind? Have you already finished it? Maybe you’ve sent your manuscript out into the black hole of publishing companies, waiting to hear an answer – any answer – even it if is the dreaded “Thank you for your inquiry; however we are not accepting new author’s at this time.” Or maybe you are toying around with the idea of self-publishing your work.
There are no shortages of examples of self-publishing success. For instance, “50 Shades of Gray” was self-published. You don’t need me to convey the success of that series to make the point that not only is it possible to self-publish, but that you can actually pioneer your writing career with this method.
According to a Bowker Report published in October of 2012, “The number of self-published books produced annually in the U.S. has nearly tripled, growing 287 percent since 2006, and now tallies more than 235,000 print and ‘e’ titles.”
When it comes to deciding between a large publishing company, and self-publishing, the writing is on the wall.
And guess what? Even if your book is picked up by a large publishing house, you are still expect to hit the ground running and do your own promotional legwork. If you are going to have to do it anyway, why not own the rights to your work and make a larger profit from your sales?
Other Things to Consider
The downside to self-publishing is that you are on your own financially until you can start profiting from your book sales. Large publishers often pay authors an “advance” to get the book started. But in the case of self-publishing, there are no advances. But you do have tools at your disposal.
For example, there is Kickstarter, the online “crowd funding” tool that allows you to create a campaign for your project and have others fund it for you. Some have been able to quit their day jobs and devote their undivided time and energy this way, getting a project off the ground before any profits come rolling in.
Or, you can do things the old fashioned way: come home from your day job, put a large pot of coffee on, and burn the midnight oil for months on end until your story makes its way onto paper. It takes a unique blend of time, passion, and a little bit of crazy to write a book. And my hunch is that if you are truly a passionate writer, you’ll choose the latter.
In short, you no longer need access to a large publishing house to publish your book. Now, all you need is an idea, some time, and a computer to get your writing down. With the endless options to explore to self-publish your book, there is literally no one stopping you. So I just have one question: what are you waiting for?
This article was written by Alessandra Macaluso. Alessandra is an Author, Blogger, Writer and DIY addict who loves to share lifestyle tips and recipes on her personal blog.
More on Self Publishing from Ronda
Know how the book will help you follow your bliss. Writing and publishing a book isn't just about the book.
- Start with the end in mind. What are your ultimate goals for your book and beyond?
- Write a GOOD book worth reading.
- Hire a good editor. NOBODY can edit your own work.
- BUild relationships as you share your book and its message.
- Serve your audience well.
That's the BLISS system in brief!
I highly regard CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing. .
They're easy, free, and linked to the world's best known marketplace.
Follow your bliss!
Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady
#1 bestselling author and mentor
Creator of the BLISS Butterfly and the Awakened Author Challenge