To Self-Publish Or Not To Self-Publish #amwriting

I thought I’d take a moment to share with you what I’ve learned about authors who choose to self publish instead of going with a traditional or small press publisher. I think there are pro’s and cons to both sides, and I would love to have your thoughts on this topic, so please weigh in.

The advantages to self-publishing are:

  • You maintain control of all rights
  • You choose where your book is sold and at what price
  • You remain in control of your story and how you want it to be viewed by your audience
  • You can put your book up for sale when you are ready and not have to wait many months for the sometimes painful editing process with a traditional publisher

The disadvantages to self-publishing are:

  • It can be expensive
  • MUST pay for professional editing on your own – this is critical if you want credibility as an author
  • Must do all the promotion on your own – can be time consuming but fun if you enjoy doing it
  • It can be difficult to make a profit in a short period of time (which is true of both avenues)
  • Must hire someone or be able to design your own book covers
  • Must hire someone or be able to format your document to meet all the requirements of the different sites where you put your book up for sale

I have done both and have a great deal of experience in the publishing industry. I’m fortunate in that I own a company that does formatting, covers, and promotional materials. I don’t have those expenses, but when I do self-publish, I pay for high quality editing.

If you are running tight on funds and have a great deal of patience then you may choose to submit to an agent or a small press. If not, and you want to dip your toe in the water of self-control, I applaud you. Just make sure you book looks professional. The last thing you want to do is jump in the vast sea of all these self-published authors and not have your book be able to stand out, or draw bad reviews for sloppy editing.

It’s a personal choice, but one that deserves a great deal of thought.


Books by Kelly Abell     Cover Designs, Interior Design by Select-O-Grafix

Copyright 2015 by Kelly Abell

About Kelly Abell

I am a writer, blogger, and graphic artist. My aim for you is to utilize this blog to help you improve your writing skills, and to educate you on the publishing business. If you need help with writing, want to self-publish a book and need advice, or just want to kick a story idea around to see what works best, that's what I'm here for. As I gain knowledge from editors and publishers, I will share that knowledge with you. As writers we should always strive to improve our craft and grow. A day should not pass where you haven't learned or tried something new with your writing. Many thanks to my Night Owl Friend, Lea Ellen Borg for editing my posts! Best to you and all your characters and stories. Write on, my friends...Write on.
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