Why Should I Self-Publish?
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There are many good reasons to self-publish your book. Here are six reasons why self-publishing may be perfect for you.
- Time – Traditional publishing takes too long; most traditional publishers work on an 18-month production cycle. Choose to self-publish and your book could be ready for the market within three months.
- Your book-the way you want it – A book is a reflection of the author. Self-publishing gives you complete control on the direction of your book. The decisions are exclusively yours and not limited by third parties with intentions and interests different from your own.
- Retain all rights – As a self-publisher, you own all rights to your book. If you use a traditional publishing house, they will own all rights. If they lose interest in your book, you will not be able to print additional copies unless you purchase those rights back.
- Testing the market – Because your book may fill a niche that has not been met, you can test the market by self-publishing. Find out how well your book will sell, and how successful it will be.
- A limited market – Your book may appeal to a limited market and, therefore, may not be of interest to a large publishing house.
- Legacy – Each of us has a unique life story to tell, complete with ordinary incidents, moments of brilliance, tragedy and humor. Your book is an expression of yourself and a great legacy to leave behind.
If I self-publish, do I still have a chance of getting a contract with a major publisher?
Yes, of course. In fact, many large traditional publishing houses now scour the shelves and the Internet for self-published books that could fit their publishing program.
Who are some well-known authors who have self-published?
Many amazing authors have chosen to self-publish at some time in their careers: Rudyard Kipling, Ernest Hemingway, Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Carl Sandburg, James Redfield, Mark Twain and Walt Whitman, just to name a few.