Self-Publishing In Your Retirement

Self Publishing In Your Retirement

Self-publishing in your retirement can become an attractive side income stream.

Self-publishing has become a popular pastime, and potential income earner for many retirees, as it is perfectly adapted to their lifestyle.

It doesn’t matter where you live, so long as you have an Internet connection, self-publishing in your retirement is an ideal and enjoyable home-based activity.

While some start after they begin their retirement, I would suggest to those who may be approaching this stage of life, to get a head start by planning ahead, and getting their self-publishing off the ground well before the time arrives.

For those totally new to writing and self-publishing, it can be a steep learning curve, so having a few years experience under your belt is a positive advantage, and will pay dividends when one has more time to invest.

Self-publishing is a flexible retirement side business.

Even for people a lot younger, self-publishing as a hobby can always be ramped up if circumstances change.

For example, unemployment, illness or perhaps for the luckier ones, a one-year sabbatical.

I started writing and then self-publishing a long time ago now, and it has almost always been a hobby, or at most, a part-time side income activity for me.

Yet I have had a few times here and there when bad luck struck and I was unable to work full-time, and writing and self-publishing filled a void for me.

Not only as an activity but also as an income earner.

My most profitable period, in so far as writing output and book sales is concerned, was a few years ago when I was ill for an extended period of time, and I invested my time almost 100% in writing, publishing and promoting.

Not only did I make a little money, but I really believe that my determination to keep active and working helped me back on my feet far sooner.

Self-publishing has become popular with people of all ages, and from all walks of life, as it can be adapted to the aspirations of almost anyone.

But if you are thinking about self-publishing as a small business, a side income or simply a pleasure, the most attractive benefit is that it can be slowed down, stopped, restarted or ramped up at any time.

This makes it a great fallback plan for anyone with a love of writing, or an ideal way to enjoy and profit from writing in your retirement.

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Derek Haines

Derek Haines is an Australian author, living in Switzerland.

5 thoughts on “Self-Publishing In Your Retirement

  • Happily, retirement has given me the time to write. After three decades of teaching in public schools, retirement to the Southwestern desert meant doing the things I was passionate about, including some teaching at the college level and publishing education related articles, chapters, and a book. But, mostly, it was about doing the research I needed for the novel I planned to write. The Clay Remembers (Book 1 in The Clay Series) is finally finished and self-published to good reviews. I’m finding marketing quite a challenge and very time consuming, while trying to get busy with books 2 and 3. I’ve learned some important lessons along the way. I find your blog very insightful, offering some great ideas and tips. Thanks.

    • Happy to hear you are enjoying being productive, Sharon. However, I empathise with you completely about the book marketing side of things. It’s not easy, and such a fine balance to find. All I can suggest is try many different ways, and keep a record of what works best. It can be very different for every author. Hopefully, some of my tips (directly from my own flops and partial successes) helps a little.

  • I would recommend writing and self publishing for retirees for one reason alone: it keeps the brain ticking over. I would not recommend it as a source of income because very few writers make money from their books, whether self- or traditionally published. And with a few exceptions they only manage that after years and several books. All that said, if you are lucky enough to have the time it is a brilliant way to spend it, especially if you are writing non fiction that requires research into a fascinating subject. I speak from personal experience of course! It’s hard work, but wonderful to meet new challenges in the latter years.

  • You’ve got a typo in your first line – it’s pastime, not pass time. In the age of the internet, typos have become a way to gauge professionalism and trustworthiness. Stopped me reading right there.


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