"Those who honor me I will honor" 2 Samuel 2:30
I will start this blog by saying, I think self publishing is a mistake, unless you are a well established author with a huge following. If you aren’t, your path will be difficult and you may become very disappointed with the results.
With said, if you are determined to self publish, consider doing it like a friend of mine did. She opted to have hands on control of her finished product,something that most e-publishers and print on demand publishers do not offer, at least not without added expense.
Here are some other facts to consider:
Promoting a self published book is work, a lot of work. Most book marketing today is done by authors, not by publishers. Publishers have managed to stay afloat in this worsening marketplace only by shifting more and more marketing responsibility to authors, to cut costs and prop up sales. Be prepared to spend you money to promote your book.
Cost? The sky is the limit with self published books. E-books may be free, but generally are the most error prone. Traditional publishing costs you nothing.
Most books today sell only to the authors’ and publishers’ communities. For self published books that means your books will be bought by who you know and who you can contact by speaking about your book at a gathering. There are hundreds of interesting and useful books to read. Most people only read books that their communities make important or mandatory to read. There is no general audience for most nonfiction books, and chasing after such a mirage is usually far less effective than connecting with one’s communities.
If writing is part of who you are, like it is for me, I must keep writing despite the slim prospect of being published. I’ve given up on becoming a world famous author and am thankful for my small successes. Remember, we are Christian writers who are using our God-given talent to create poems, stories, plays, music, novels, memoirs etc. that please and honor God. Keep writing. And post your successes in the comments. Let’s boost each other’s confidence with our triumphs.
Philippians 4:13. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.