There are many reasons to self-publish your book.
But surprisingly, the list of my ten reasons why to self-publish your ebook or paperback makes no mention at all about making money.
I think the list of how to make money from e-book sales has been written enough times by others already.
Here are my thoughts.
1. You have a story to tell
… and now there is no excuse to keep it all to yourself. You’ve written the manuscript and left it sitting in a bottom drawer for years or have it hidden away on a computer backup disk.
Become an Indie author and get it on Kindle and let your story have a chance to be read.
Even if only one solitary reader reads it, your story will have at last been given life.
2. Rejection letters
… from literary agents and publishing houses will be a thing of the past as soon as you self-publish.
As will all those bouts of depression and shedding of tears that your postman had to endure from you every time he dutifully delivered the bad news.
Self-publish, and don’t forget to give the postman a signed copy.
3. You write in an obtuse genre
… and no one has been interested in publishing your work because it doesn’t fit a standard mold.
Self-publish, and perhaps you will discover that there are people out there who share your point of view or interest and really want to read about breeding and house training blowflies.
You never know unless you try.
4. Fulfill your dream
… by writing and publishing one print-on-demand copy of your book and then have it sit proudly on your bookshelf, right alongside or in between your favorite books.
This is a very cheap, simple, and highly effective way of impressing your friends and family, and maybe even your boss, when you invite him or her to dinner.
You might also want to publish a book one of your children wrote.
5. Releasing your feelings
… through writing is absolutely normal and has been the starting point for more writers than you can imagine.
It is cathartic for sure, but a story that is written with genuine passion has a far better chance of being read than a ‘how-to’ book on ant farming.
You never know, so why not try and see what happens?
The bonus is, of course, that by self-publishing, you have cleansed your soul – and can earnestly hope that the person who caused your grief will get to read it.
6. You have a theory
… especially a great conspiracy theory, and you have told everyone you know.
So why not let more people in on the truth of the matter?
I, for one, adore a great conspiracy theory and still idolize Erik von Daniken.
… on any topic that you consider yourself to be an expert.
It doesn’t matter what your special knowledge is about, as there will always be at least a few people who share your interest and passion – from aardvark grooming through to zymurgy, which is one of my favorite subjects.
To save you from heading off to your dictionary, zymurgy means the study or practice of fermentation in brewing, winemaking, or distilling.
8. Use a pen name
… if you are a tiny bit shy about what you have written. Self-publishing has made erotica quite okay now.
Very popular, in fact, so why keep those fifty little juicy secrets all to yourself? Publishing under a pen name is easy.
9. Improve your CV
… by having a self-published title or two listed as personal achievements.
This will impress prospective employers when they see a section of your CV titled Publications.
If you took the advice from my previous idea of using a pen name to publish naughty stories, perhaps think about writing on a slightly more suitable topic for inclusion in your CV.
Economics or woodwork might be better.
10. Self-publish just because you can
One of the best reasons to self-publish is because you can.
The keys have been taken from the lock keeper, and now, everyone has the ability, means, and freedom to express themselves.
Everyone should have the right to say what they think, and now you can write and be read with that same freedom.
So what are you waiting for?