The Big Advantage Of Self-Publishing – Republish

The Big Advantage For Self Publishing Authors

Self-publishing offers many advantages to an independent author.

However, one of the most important benefits is often overlooked. In years gone by, once a traditionally published book was published, that was it.

It either sold well and new editions were printed. Or if it didn’t sell on its first release, that was the end of the book’s life, except for perhaps a few copies that made their way into libraries or second-hand bookshops.

Now, though, a book or an ebook can not only be kept on sale indefinitely, it can also be changed, modified, merged or improved at any time. The cover design can be updated, genre and category listings can be fine-tuned or new keyword listings added.


It is possible to do this many times over with Indie publishing. So it is now feasible to experiment and try new ideas to help promote a book. Changing a book description, or trialling different versions on a monthly rotation is worth consideration.

This is the big advantage self-publishers have over traditionally published authors. You can change both a print on demand paperback or an ebook.

While book marketing and promotion are very important factors in helping a book succeed, there are no magical means of making an unpopular book sell well. This doesn’t mean that it’s a bad book.

It could simply be that the book didn’t connect with the fickle nature of book buyers.

Perhaps it was the cover image or colours and fonts or the description. Perhaps the first couple of pages that weren’t written with the intent of hooking readers’ interest fast enough.


It is always possible to improve a book

An associated advantage of the ability to change, modify and experiment with a self-published book is to take the last drastic step of un-publishing a book that is not selling.

It’s no secret that book buyers are generally attracted to new releases. But long-tail selling of a book that has a good sales history will produce sales over a long period. This will not happen to a book that didn’t sell well, to begin with.

So why continue to flog a dead horse? Get it off the market.

But, of course, the book is not dead. It is just taking a holiday until it has undergone a total transformation. Creative control is one of the real benefits of self-publishing.

There are many ways to improve a book, so why waste all the time that it took to write? Get an editor, get a new cover, re-write the story in a different setting or perhaps, change the characters or the time setting.

If it was written in the first person, would the third person work better? There are so many possibilities that can help you successfully self-publish.

If you have a book that isn’t selling, what action could you take to remedy the situation? Do you need to get to work soon on the new and improved version of your book?


More reading: What Defines Good Books To Read For Real Book Buyers?


Derek Haines

A Cambridge qualified CELTA English teacher and author of 18 books with a life long passion for publishing in all forms. I started my working life as a lithographer and spent over 30 years in the printing and publishing business. Originally from Australia, I moved to Switzerland 20 years ago. My days are spent teaching English, writing and wrestling with technology while enjoying my glorious view of Lake Geneva and the Alps.

3 thoughts on “The Big Advantage Of Self-Publishing – Republish

  • September 7, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    i think it is a great idea! how about working on second or third -edition of the book? the only thing that bugs me, is how can someone save the information on what was already done and worked – or not worked. To repeat it or avoid it, you know.

  • August 26, 2019 at 1:11 am

    If a self published book is republished, does it become an entirely new book or another edition?

  • February 28, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Of course there are advantages of self-publishing but one of the most difficult aspects is the marketing. About the changes we can make to our books – I can vouch for this. I haven’t even “launched/published” my second properly yet but I’ve already withdrawn it in order to make corrections and tweak it. Here is another negative aspect of self-publishing – not having an editor to help/look over your shoulder to advise. I think it is hard. Maybe the fact I’m not a spring chicken… and social media was not part of our make-up, makes it harder to push our works.


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