Recently, I have been really wanting to publish my book. I so badly want a cover and a physical copy to hold, but I know it’s not ready yet. There is no way I’m going to publish my book early just because I want it.
This is why I figured I’d write a post on not only the benefits of self-publishing, but also another post on how to release a quality novel.
Another reason that inspired this post was Bella Rose Pope’s tweet:
There is large truth behind this. Some people make it seem like self-publishing is the lesser, alternative option if you can’t “make it.” That’s not what it is. Yes, there are a TON of self-published authors out there who rush and release a low quality book. Their sales suffer because of it. But your’s doesn’t have to be that way.
Self-publishing is NOT the other, lesser option.
There ARE good self-published books out there. You might not always like the stories, but you can’t deny that the authors worked their asses off to release a quality novel.
Before I get into how to create a better self-published novel, let’s discuss why self-publishing is great.
The Benefits of Self-Publishing
1. Creative Control
If you publish traditionally you’re going to lose some of your creative control, which can suck big time. Whereas with self-publishing, it’s all on you. You want to write about a vampire and elf incest love-triangle? Go ahead. You want a racy cover? It’s all up to you.
You get to choose every aspect of your book. Though it takes a lot more work to go solo, at least you don’t have anyone telling you what to do.
2. You Own the Rights
It’s not just creative control that you have, but control over your ideas. You retain the rights for film or TV show adaptations. Unlike with publishing houses where your author rights for the book YOU wrote are limited. If you don’t mind others having a say over your work then the traditional route might work for you.
3. You Choose Your Own Publishing Team
With traditional publishing you usually don’t get to choose who you work with. The problem with this is that you may not agree with them. But you’ll probably have to suck it up and deal with it.
On the other hand, with self-pub you get to choose your editor, cover designer etc. If you don’t think they are suitable, you can find someone else. There are plenty of freelancers out there.
4. Release Your Novel When You’re Ready
With self-publishing, you don’t have someone hounding you to get your book done. There isn’t as much pressure. It’s nice because you can take your time. Chances are you might change your mind about your story later, and can spend time fixing. So no deadlines to worry about, except maybe your own, of course.
5. You Can Release Your Novel Sooner
This doesn’t mean rush your work. It takes time to release a quality novel. What this means is that you won’t have to go through the query process, finding an agent ,and publisher, etc. which could potentially take much longer than if you self-publish. I’ll say it again…
DON’T RUSH YOUR BOOK!
6. You Will Receive More Revenue
Yes, you get royalties when you traditionally publish, but it’s not usually that high for most new authors. After that, well…you receive a small percentage from the list price of each book sold, and the rest your agent/publisher takes.
As for self-publishing, when it’s through Amazon at least, you receive a far greater amount. I don’t know about you, but paying more to a publisher who didn’t do much for me isn’t ideal.
Know any more benefits of self-publishing? Discuss in the comments. And stay tuned for next week when I’ll be covering how to create a quality self-published novel.