Self Publishing

Good Evening Followers and Fellow Bloggers!

Now that I have completed my first novel, I find myself wondering about publishing. After several rounds of arguments with myself, I have landed on self publishing, primarily because I don’t want to compromise my style or the content of my work in order to appease a publishing company. I know that this may come off as snobbish or rub some of you the wrong way, but I find that staying true to my original ideas would make me much happier than being told I need more or less of something that I didn’t intend on having. After all, this work I have created is mine, its my version of self expression and if I change it, then it is no longer mine. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against traditional publishing, I just believe that going about that rout, for me, would prove fruitless, and as someone who is a type A personality, the idea of giving the rights of my work to someone else bothers me. After doing some extensive research on self publishing, and talking to a few of my friends who have independently published their work, I found that this is likely the rout that would make me the most happy.

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I have begun the editing process of my work and found someone to create a beautiful cover for me. As the idea of publishing becomes more and more real to me I am beginning to get anxious…will people actually like what I have to say? Will people hate my unique style? In the end, I have decided that I am writing for myself. If people don’t like my style or what I have to say, so what. I still accomplished one of the things that I have wanted to do for my entire life.

For those of you who are in a similar place as me, and wondering what to do with this piece of self expression that you have just created, I suggest doing extensive research on all of the publishing possibilities. Just because self publishing is right for me does not, by any means, mean that it’s right for everyone. I would suggest starting with Kate Colby’s well written and thorough posts about the different publishing styles. Although I had already done a lot of research before I stumbled upon her posts, I found them extremely helpful and unbiased.

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2 thoughts on “Self Publishing

  1. Thank you so much for sharing my articles– that was certainly a pleasant surprise when I went to read this post!

    As to your reasons to self-publish, I agree with you completely. My main reasons behind choosing to go independent are retaining my rights, preserving creative and business integrity, and the fact that it is actually easier to make a full-time income from indie publishing than traditional. Good luck on your publishing journey! I can’t wait to see how things go for you and hear the tips and tricks you learn along the way!

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