So you’re thinking about writing and publishing a book, but approaching a traditional publisher can be daunting. In fact, you’ve probably thought, “Why would a traditional publisher ever look at me—a first-time author?”
Before the age of the internet, the only way to get your book in front of millions was to send off a book proposal to a traditional publisher and hope that whoever the gatekeeper was that day
dranktheir morning coffee,
- Had woken up on the right side of the bed,
- And, had actually given your book proposal more than a 10-second glance.
Unfortunately, the likelihood of that happening was fairly low.
This resulted in brilliant people—like yourself—being denied the opportunity to share their experiences, their stories, and their knowledge.
The publishing industry is shifting.
Thankfully, this is no longer the case.
With the development of online marketplaces, like Amazon, you can distribute your book to everyone, regardless of what some traditional publishing house may think about your idea.
You have a book inside of you, and the world needs to read it!
Here are 7 reasons why self-publishing is the best route to take—and why you’ll never bother with traditional publishing again.
1. You don’t have to wait for permission.
When you self-publish, you do not have to wait for anyone to give you the green light.
- You decide when and how to publish a book.
- You decide whose hands your book gets into.
- You decide how successful you are.
You don’t have to convince any gatekeepers to allow your book to reach the world.
“But, don’t traditional publishers have a good idea for what will sell or not? I mean, if they reject my book, they’re probably right that no one would want to buy it.”
Have you ever heard of Tim Ferriss’s book, The Four-Hour Workweek? It has been a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller for over four years! It sold nearly 1.5 million copies and has been translated into 35 different languages.
Oh, and get this: it was rejected by the first twenty-six publishers that it was presented to.
Now, just imagine all the other authors out there that stopped after the first ten or twenty doors slammed in their faces, believing the lie that they didn’t have a profitable idea.
You cannot allow other people to determine your success. And self-publishing gives you the avenue to do that! You and your readers decide the worth of your words, rather than a single person at a traditional publishing firm.
2. You can publish your work quickly.
If you were to take your book to a traditional publisher, it would take years to publish your book.
For example, it may take up to six months for you to even hear back about the book proposal. And assuming they accepted your proposal, it would take at least another year before the book was actually published.
With self-publishing, you can produce your content as quickly as you want. And in the Amazon Kindle Store, you can publish a new book whenever you want. That way, you can share your work as quickly as you create it!
3. Bring home the bacon.
With a traditional publishing deal, an author will typically be paid an amount of money upfront. But once the sales come rolling in, you only get a small cut of the earnings.
Why? Because you have to pay the publishing house, the editor, the marketers, the designers, etc.
When you self-publish, you take in most of the earnings (save for the money you actually choose to spend on marketing and book production and publishing.)
4. You form invaluable connections.
Self-publishers around the world have gathered online and in-person to provide a community that supports one another in publishing their work.
These connections become priceless as you meet other up-and-coming influencers like yourself.
“Wait—so where would I meet these people?”
Because self-publishing requires that you find your own editor, cover designer,
Self-published authors also gather on social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, etc.
The camaraderie allows people to expand far beyond what they could have done on their own, or what they would have been limited to with a traditional publisher.
5. You control your objective.
So much of a book is influenced by the motive that fuels it.
- Is your motive to make money?
It isto launch a new career?
- Is it to share your story?
- Or, is it simply something to cross off your bucket list?
When you self-publish, you are able to preserve the dignity and genius of your objective. No one is pressuring you to sell more
You are not
You write as you, and for you. And that is
6. You control your creative concept.
There are horror stories about authors whose ideas and voice became unrecognizable after their manuscript was finished with a traditional publisher.
When you work with a traditional publisher, you don’t just sell them your manuscript, you sell them your idea.
So, your book may become something you are not comfortable with. Or, your dreams for a sequel or a revision may be completely squandered if it does not comply with the motives of the traditional publisher.
But, when you self-publish, you can create what you want to create!
You are free to be expressive with your work! You are free to be vulnerable and controversial. You are free to be you.
When you self-publish, you also control who you write for. Because you determine your marketing efforts, you—if selling via the Amazon Kindle store—can choose (and then tweak) your categories and keywords.
And, with 45% of eBook sales going to Indie (or self-published) authors, audiences are showing that they respect and want to purchase the ideas of everyone—not just those endorsed by traditional publishers.
7. You control your future.
Most people looking to write a book want to earn more money, gain more freedom, or have a platform to share their ideas.
When you self-publish and have complete ownership over your ideas, you also have complete ownership over your future.
There is no traditional publishing firm to stop you from selling a supplementary online course that includes material from your book, starting a speaking career, re-releasing your book with a hardcover or audiobook, or even releasing an updated version of your book.
You determine the trajectory of your book, ideas, and career when you self-publish.
Even “Big Names” Self-Publish
Though there are some benefits to traditional publishing, even some well-established authors admit that the joys of self-publishing outweigh a traditional publishing deal.
So much, in fact,
These people include Pat Flynn, Jeff Goins, Joshua
Self-publishing will change your life.
Self-publishing allows you the freedom, money, community, and control to shape your life to become one you adore.
So, start writing your own bestseller today.
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