I know it seems easy.
You’re probably thinking that self-publishing a book successfully is nothing more than uploading a document to the web and hitting an all-powerful “PUBLISH” button.
You’re far from the truth…
In all honesty, self-publishing is certainly a process. There’s a reason big-name publishing houses have been around for so long; they take care of a lot of the work.
You do all the creative thinking while they do the other heavy lifting. Additionally you give up opportunity to price your book which also puts limits on earnings. Luckily, you’ll be pleased to learn how much you can make self-publishing.
But that also means they get a (very) big cut of your earning. Your hard-earned income. But all of that’s already been discussed with self-publishing versus traditional publishing.
Instead, we’ll talk about what you can actually expect when you decide to put yourself first and commit to self-publishing.
And believe me, I know it’s a hard choice to make.
Here’s what you’ll learn about the realities of self-publishing:
- You’ll become tech-savvy
- You’ll bring in more income
- You’ll learn about yourself
- You’ll make connections
- You build instant credibility
- You’ll have more opportunities
- Your business with grow
- You’ll want to write another book
- You’ll generate new ideas
- You’ll develop a writing routine
Taking that leap can be difficult, especially if you’re not sure what to expect. Let us do some decluttering of your mind by cluing you in on some of the unexpected realities of self-publishing your book!
#1 – You’ll become a tech-savvy self-publishing whiz
A lot of technical coordination needs to happen in order to self-publish your book.
You’ll have to:
- Write the book
- Get the manuscript formatted
- Get a book cover designed
- Combine into one product
- Create online self-publishing accounts
- Upload materials to the accounts
- Coordinate your launch team in a single place
There is more but I think you get the idea.
Self-publishing involves a number of different technical capabilities you probably don’t know of before starting the process.
And because you’ll be responsible for the entirety of your publishing journey, you’ll learn a lot about all of the different platforms you’ll need to make it happen – which is made a lot easier with a program that shows you exactly what you need to do, when to do it, and how to get it done.
#2 – A lot more income
You probably think of self-published authors as the “starving artist” type, forever playing catch-up with bills and life in general.
In reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
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That fact is, self-publishing gets a really bad reputation for bankrupting those who pursue its path. And sure, some people may have spent a lot of time and money on their book only for it to tank.
But those people often decide to go it completely alone instead of using a program or guideline of sorts to ensure they succeed.
If you do work hard and pursue self-publishing by learning from those who have done it before, you can actually expect some cushy additional income.
Why is that, you ask?
Because you don’t have to fork over a chunk of your earnings to a publisher. Because you are the publisher.
#3 – You’ll learn a lot about yourself
This is especially true if you’re writing non-fiction but it’s just as meaningful for fiction authors as well.
Writing a book starts with a lot of your own experiences, values, and meaningful content to you. That means you get to do some digging into your psyche to uncover the very core of who you are. And if you’re writing a memoir, be prepared for a lot of this.
That’s a bit deep, but I really want you to understand just how much you can learn about yourself from self-publishing a book.
And it’s not even all about the writing itself, either.
Self-publishing takes a lot of drive, ambition, and a very determined individual.
It’s a challenge and whenever we enter into challenging times in our lives, we learn more about ourselves than ever before.
Self-publishing a book is the same.
And that alone is worth it.
#4 – You’ll make amazing connections
Networking isn’t really something many people think of when they consider self-publishing, but it’s a crucial part of your author branding.
In fact, most people assume self-published authors are shut-ins who spend all their time shrouded in thick blankets with a steaming mug of spiked coffee between their hands.
But when you have to market and ask others for advice or even if you become a member of a powerful self-publishing group, you meet all kinds of people.
And knowing talented, hardworking individuals will only help you reach your goals faster.
The point is, self-publishing helps you build those connections you might not otherwise get. After all, self-published authors stick together.
#5 – You build almost-instant credibility
The crazy thing about self-publishing is how much other’s view of you changes.
Before, you may have just been a blogger with a business that just wouldn’t take off. After you have a book available, others will see you as an authority figure in your field.
They will feel more comfortable paying for your products or services simply because you wrote a book.
It might seem a little silly because your knowledge base is the same, but when a potential customer can purchase your book, they instantly see you as someone with expert knowledge and this increases the likelihood that they’ll buy from you.
Even if you’re not a business owner, self-publishing a book will still give you a boost in the eyes of strangers and even people you know well.
#6 – Opportunities will come knocking
We like to refer to self-publishing a book as opening the door to Narnia. Once you go through with the process, you will throw yourself into an entirely new world where opportunities basically fall into your lap.
By this I mean that you might be contacted for speaking gigs, bring in more high-value clients, get requests for interviews, and more.
Because publishing a book places you as an authority figure and heightens your credibility, more people will want to hear what you have to say on the subject.
This could lead you down new roads, offer new business ventures (like this entire company!), and change your entire life – just because you decided to take action and self-publish a book.
#7 – Your business will flourish
This is the amazing thing about self-publishing a book. When your credibility sky-rockets, so will your business.
In fact, most aspects of your life will flourish but a book will directly aid your business (and even your side-hustle!).
Take our alumnus Ashley Emma, for example. After the launch of her book, her business generated $24,000 specifically from her book Fearless Author.
So if your business is struggling and you need a new way to bring in sales, writing and self-publishing a book is a fantastic method to do so.
#8 – You’ll want to write another book ASAP
The process of self-publishing can be a long and arduous one – and you’ll still want to publish another book as soon as you can.
Why? Because of everything you gain from it.
Many of our students love what having a self-published book offers so much that they dive into the program again in order to write another one.
One of the (arguably) best opportunities granted was becoming part of the Self-Publishing School team behind the scenes by teaching and helping other students find the same success she did.
Bottom line: you might become addicted to writing books.
#9 – You’ll generate tons of new ideas
Writing a book forces you into a quicksand-like imaginative headspace. The more you write, the more you understand what else you can be writing, such as a book series or maybe other genres. And you end up in a pit of creativity that releases your mind and allows you to think outside the box.
You practically get sucked into creative thinking.
Meaning, you’ll come up with so many new ideas for other books, blog posts, or even business ventures.
Think of your creativity like a muscle and self-publishing as the gym. Each time you sit down to further your self-publishing progress, the more creative you will become.
#10 – You’ll become a routine-writer
Before you learn the real process of self-publishing a book, you probably only ever wrote when you were inspired.
And that’s not always useful.
You’ve always had this book idea and would spend bursts of time typing out so much content…
only to lose that inspiration the next day…and the next…and the next, until you basically forget all about it.
When you actually self-publish a book, you learn that becoming an author isn’t just about writing when you want to but writing anyway.
The best part about this?
You write faster, become better, and can publish much sooner than if you waited around for inspiration to find you.