Should I self-publish my first book? This was a question I asked myself before I published my first book and I’m sure one many authors ask themselves. In today’s industry, it’s very hard to get a publishing deal – especially for first-time authors.
I chose to self-publish because I’m a very independent person by nature and the more I learned about traditional publishing more I didn’t feel that it was for me. That’s not to say that self-publishing is an easy route. Believe me, it’s not!
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Are you positive and motivated? Publishing is a hard business and a steep learning curve if you don’t know what you’re doing. Don’ expect to make a fortune overnight either. You have to put the work in to sell any books.
- Are you willing to take a risk? Self-publishing costs time and money with no guarantee that you will get any of that money back. But contrary to what some people say, it can be done cheaply. The most important things to pay for things such as cover design and editing.
- Are you entrepreneurial? Writers and authors these days have to think of publishing as a business because that is what it is. If you want to publish books just as a hobby that’s fine. But any serious author needs to treat your book as if it were part of your business.
- Do you have a plan in place? I made the mistake of not have any real kind of plan when I published my first book and had a steep learning curve after it. Learn all you can about self-publishing beforehand to see if it’s the right option for you. Definitely have a marketing plan and a budget too.
- Do you know who your audience is? One of the most important things when it comes to marketing is to know who your ideal reader is. Who are they? Are they male or female? Where do they hangout? What does your book offer them?
Did you choose to self-publish? If so, I’d love to hear your reasons.