Why do you want to self-publish? There are many reasons.
Can you succeed in self-publishing books and ebooks?
Yes, of course, you can, and many authors and writers are achieving success by taking control of their work and becoming author-publishers.
While some writers work full-time, others use self-publishing as a part-time pursuit and are satisfied keeping their work as a side income. As with any occupation, the adage that the harder you work, the luckier you get, applies aptly to self-publishing.
As long as you provide a quality product to the market, you can expect to sell copies of your book or ebook. But, be realistic. Ebook and book publishing is a competitive and volatile market, so be prepared for some ups and downs along the way.
Apart from money, though, there are many other reasons that attract writers to self-publishing. Here are some that you may not have considered.
You have a story to tell
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.
Get it on Kindle or iBooks 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.
Rejection letters from literary agents 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.
You write in an obscure genre
There has been little interest in publishing your work because it doesn’t fit a standard genre.
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 ferrets. You never know unless you try.
Satisfy your dream
Fulfil your dream by self-publishing one print-on-demand copy of your book and then have it sit proudly on your bookshelf, right alongside, or in between your favourite 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.
Releasing your feelings
Letting your feeling free 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 bastard or bitch who caused your grief will get to read it.
You have a theory
You have an interesting 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 idolise Erik von Daniken.
Share your knowledge
Share your knowledge on any topic that you consider yourself to be an expert.
It matters not 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 favourite subjects.
To save you heading off to your dictionary, zymurgy means the study or practice of fermentation in brewing, winemaking, or distilling.
Use a pen name
You can use a pen name if you are a tiny bit shy about what you have written. Self-publishing has made naughty quite okay now, and popular in fact, so why keep those fifty juicy little secrets all to yourself?
Improve your CV
Increase your employment chances by having a self-published title or two listed as personal achievements. This will surely 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.
Self-publish because you can
Because the keys have been taken from the publishing lock keeper, everyone has the ability, means and freedom to express themselves in writing now.
Everyone should have the right to say what he or she thinks, and now you can write and be read with that same freedom.
So what are you waiting for?
Are you ready to get started in self-publishing?