Today Aris Whittier is stopping by to talk about self-publishing. Thank you so much for coming, Aris.
Why Does a Writer Self-Publish?
As both a traditionally published author and a self-published author I can see the benefits of both and I can attest to the fact that each has their advantages/disadvantages and money can be made both ways.
There are many reasons why a writer chooses to self-publish. It could be as simple and they couldn’t’ find representation for their book so they chose to publish it themselves. Others don’t want to go through the whole querying and rejections process—it can be brutal and disappointing.
Lately I’m seeing a lot of established writers whose books were once traditionally published but have fallen out of print and whose rights have reverted to them and they are republishing. I fall into this category myself. My backlist books do very well and I’ve squeezed a lot of life out of them through self-publishing.
The current economic situation isn’t helping much either. Many of the NY publishing houses are laying off editors and cutting production. Small brick and mortar bookstores are closing and the big chain stores aren’t fairing much better.
Some writers are niche writers and there isn’t a huge market for their type of book so none of the Big 6 will even look at their manuscript. Other writers don’t want to wait for their book to be conventionally published. It can take a year or more to see your book in print once it’s been sold to a publisher. That’s a long wait for some authors. A lot of writers self-publish simply for control. They can manage and direct every aspect of the book. With a transitional publisher you don’t have much say over cover art, what reviewers it’s sent to, whether it will be released in hard or paperback, pricing, format, distribution,…you get the picture.There are a handful of authors who have used self-publishing to get their foot into the traditionally published door. Just look at Amanda Hocking (she secured a 6 figured deal on her self-published books), H.P. Mallory (secured a 3 book deal with a publisher), and Lisa Grace’s first two self-published books have been optioned by Motion Picture Pro Studios.
Whatever your reasons to self-publish remember there is no right or wrong way—do what works for you and your book. Success and money can be made if you’ve written a good book and work hard to get it in the reader’s hands.
Aris Whittier is a romance writer. She writes suspense, contemporary, and commercial woman's fiction. Her debut novel, Fatal Embrace is a romantic suspense that was featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine as a Red-Hot Read. Foolish Notions is a contemporary romance that has just a touch a mystery too. Across Eternity is a beautiful love story that transcends time. You can find Aris at http://awhittier.blogspot.com/