April 17, 2013
Why did I decide to self publish?

So, you actually managed to write a book, and you don’t know what to do about it. That’s where I was.

I started my book, Cherry Wood, during NaNoWriMo of 2011. It was my second NaNo, and my first win. I’d written 50,000 words, but my story wasn’t finished. I still needed almost 13,000 more. I worked on it for the next year, and had the story finished around 11:00 pm on October 31, right before NaNo started again.

(I know you’re curious about the process I used, but I promise to write about that next week, OK?)

So, I’ve got my book, but I really don’t want to wait around for a publisher to decide that they want me. It’s expensive to get your book published. You have to send copies of your book (formatted just so) to each publisher you want to approach with cover letters and everything else that they want. That can get extremely expensive since you’ll probably have to send the book to a variety of publishers.

Fun fact: Madeleine L’Engle was rejected 26 times for her beloved book A Wrinkle in Time. She persisted and won a Newberry Medal for that book. You can learn two lessons from that story.

1. If you believe in your story, you need to persevere.

2. Why waste all that time with publishers that don’t know what they are doing?

I did some research and discovered that Amazon had some interesting looking programs available for self publishing.

  1. Kindle Direct Publishing-KDP is a program that let’s you publish your book on Kindle without having to go through a publisher. You will end up being responsible for everything though. You take care of making sure your book is edited and arranging your cover art. You need to do all of your promoting. So why am I using KDP? Because I get to keep 70% of the profits from my book. Sure I have to wait 3 months to get paid, but if you go to a publisher, you make much less, and you typically need to wait 2 years before the book is actually published.
  2. CreateSpace-Have you ever heard about Print-On-Demand? Basically, CreateSpace will only print your book if someone orders it. That saves you the trouble of having to order a huge pile of books to sell or trying to get a new batch on short notice. Book stores can also order this way, so that may work out for you too.
  3. ACX (Audible Books)-Have you seen an ad for Audible books in your travels around the internet? I see them all the time. Through ACX, you can hire someone to read your book, and then it will be available through Audible (including on iTunes.) You can even record the book yourself.

After seeing all of this, I decided to go with self publishing. You may not make that choice, but that is fine. The publishing journey is your own, and you need to choose the path for yourself.

(When you self publish, you need to take every chance to promote yourself, she here’s a couple of links you can look at if you want the latest information about my book.)

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