So, last week I let everyone know that being self-published is not free. While there are costs involved, and it can get quite expensive, this week I wanted to share a bit about the rewards. I know many may not want to hear this, but ... money isn't everything, nor is it a measure for success.
When I was ready to publish my first novel, I did some research. I looked into what it would take to get published in the tranditional way, even though I was fully aware of self-publishing and already aware of the vanity press trap that many fall into. In seeking the traditional publishing route, I realized I would have to send out dozens, scores, or even more copies of my manuscript to agents, but each such submission required specific formatting and an eye-catching cover letter, just to get the interest of the agent in question.
Now, that may not sound so bad, but when I learned that literally tens of thousands of authors would be sending to the exact same agent, I began to realize that a publishing agent would likely never even glance at my manuscript, much less read it, unless I was standing out in some way from the thousands of others. That was a very daunting thing to consider.
I wanted my book out there, for people to enjoy reading it. I'd spent many, many hours writing and perfecting it. The thing is, I totally enjoyed writing it, and I wanted others to share in that joy. I knew not everyone would like it, but I knew some would. I didn't want to have to claw, scrape and battle my way through a narrow gateway (the agent) just to get my story seen and shared.
So, I decided to take the self-publishing route, and publish the book myself. I knew I could do it, and I learned quickly about the costs involved, and to avoid things like vanity publishers who take your money and do nothing for it. Instead, I chose to take full control of my work myself, becoming and Indie Author, and an Indie Publisher of my own books.
I have never, not even slightly, regretted that decision. I enjoy writing, I enjoy formatting, and I enjoy promoting my own books. I found a great cover designer and editor, and did my own formatting. So my costs were not totally outrageous. Still, I don't make more money from book sales than I spend producing. So why do it?
I can answer that with one simple phrase: Because I LOVE it! It's really that simple for me. I enjoy all aspects of being an Indie Author and Publisher, and I love to discover people who read what I write and tell me they enjoyed it as well. I guess I just love sharing, and that is why I became and Indie Author. Simply to share what I find pleasure in. A decision I will never regret.
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