Self-Publishing has not always had the most noble ring to it. It was the cop-out when one couldn’t get a traditional publisher to pick up your book. One thing is true, getting a publisher can be tricky and take years of rejection letters until someone see’s your books value. Simply look at this list of Authors who were rejected numerous times, yet are classics; staples in libraries.
Kathryn Sockett, The Help (rejected 60 times)
Norman Mailer, The Naked and the Dead (rejected 12 times)
Joseph Heller, Catch-22 (rejected 22 times)
Mary Higgins Clark, first short story (rejected 40 times)
Robert Persig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (rejected 121 times)
And these are the authors who continued to pursue the traditional publishing route. There is a surprising list who didn’t, who gave up on publishers, and forged ahead on their own. People such as James Joyce, Beatrix Potter, Virginia Wolff, E.E. Cummings, Edgar Allen Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Henry David Thoreau and more. So really, self-publishing has a long and distinguished history of authors and deserves some major respect.
We are now in the age where self-publishing is easier than ever. With eBooks you can skip the cost of printing and will never have to deal with running out of stock. Amazon reported in 2014 that one in every three eBooks sold by them is from a self-published author. Jamie McGuire, the New York Times bestseller with her book Beautiful Disaster, went the self-published route. When her book hit the top of the charts, publishers flocked to www.customessaysonline.org
her with great deals wanting to publish her books. She signed up to do two books with Atria Books. However, when that contract was over, she reverted to self-publishing. She went back not because the publishers didn’t want her, in fact she loved working with them. It was the freedom she missed, the ability to choose covers and sending out an expert of the forthcoming book.
But this isn’t about her, it’s about you.
So lets talk Pro’s and Con’s of ePublishing: Traditional vs Self
This table from Forbes gives some good talking points.
First let’s start with Traditional Publishing.
Con: It can take years for the validation to come to fruition. Sometimes up to three years before you see it in stores.
Pro: You get an advance so that you can live while you write your book. (Yay for grocery money!)
Con: The Publishers take a hefty percentage of your books sales so you end up making roughly 15% or less of what you sell.
Pro: They line up editors, artists and other skilled people to help make your book look way professional.
Con: They also (depending on your contract) can take your book in directions you don’t love, and it’s your baby dang it!
Pro: They will get you into bookstores and interviews.
Con: You will still be in charge of doing most of your marketing. It’s on the shelves, but its left to you to make them fly out the door.
So to sum it up, you pay for their experience. Not from your own pocket but from expected sales.
And here is why we believe in Self-Publishing.
Pro: You get the freedom to do with your book what you wish!
Con: It does require more elbow grease.
Pro: Your book can be out in months, a much shorter timeline than years.
Con: Your audience won’t get that dramatic build up for years and years waiting unnecessarily for your next book.
Pro: You get to keep the majority of what you sell.
Con: Is more money ever a con?
Here at Convert a Book, our main focus is to give you as much say in how your book turns out as possible. After your book has been converted and gone through a 50 step Quality Assurance check, we go over it with you and go through a round of edits free of charge. On the distribution side, our goal is to help you build a relationship with the eBook stores. We make all accounts in your name so the money goes straight to you and we take nothing other than the upfront charge.
All forms of Publishing have Pro’s and Con’s and we would like to help you figure out what kind of publishing works best for you. If you have any questions, feel free to chat with us or email us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.