The main challenge for today's writer is getting their book noticed by a publisher. There are several good writers in field looking for book deals. I was one of those writers trying to get my book published and like so many others after receiving rejection letters, I decided to learn about world of self-publishing.
Self-publishing can be rewarding in order to become a self-published author you have to have motivation and will to succeed. How do you decide if you should self-publish your book or not? Ask yourself following questions:
1)Can you be a businessperson as well as a writer? Writing is a quiet occupation, while business demands proficient communication skills. 2)Are you motivated enough? You will need to see your book through from beginning to end, and this can be a lengthy process. 3)Are you willing to take a risk? You can't be afraid to take plunge, you have to believe in yourself!
Tracy Lyn Moland, self-published author of Mom Management - Managing Mom Before Everybody else, states that when she started to write her book, she didn't realize self-publishing was even an option. Tracy Lyn discovered that a well-defined business and marketing plan had to be put into place. There were also different considerations to be made such as learning what market to target your book to, who to hire to design your book cover, layout and editing and how to get book into bookstores and online. Tracy's favorite part of self-publishing has been control she was able to maintain over her book.
As a self-publisher you need to be aware of your personal marketing abilities, in order to get your book sold, you have to get out there and sell it. The advantages of publishing your own book can be plentiful.
By choosing to self-publish, you only have yourself to convince. You have enthusiasm for a book that you have written, and you know that there is a market available for it. You don't have to give anyone else final say of what you put in your book, how it is to be marketed or any thing else. You have complete and total control when you self-publish. Once you have successfully self-published your book you can always negotiate with a large publisher to produce your book since you have experience in market.
Your book can be printed in just a few weeks instead of waiting for a large publisher, which usually takes over a year to print and get into bookstores. By that time you could be on your second printing. You can also get distribution for your book through Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com just as easily as any larger publisher can.
You have complete control over your project, right down to design, without having to deal with a third party. As sole owner of your material your have complete rights and can set your own price with all profits coming to you. If a large publishing house publishes your book you may only see 5%-15% of your book profits.