Five Reasons to Self-Publish

Self-publishing may not be for everyone (see article: Is Self-Publishing For You?). However, there are many advantages should you decide to venture on your own. Following are excerpts from A Simple Guide to Self-Publishing by Mark Ortman.

 

Time

Most royalty publishers work on an 18 month production cycle. Do you want to wait that long to get into print? Typically, self publishing will take 4 to 9 months (depending on your marketing plan) after completing the manuscript.

Control

If you like the final say on the direction of your projects, then self-publishing will give you this freedom. While a royalty publisher's experience and advice may be beneficial, why give a third party the final say, particularly if their interests and intentions may be different from your own.

Ownership

After signing a contract, a royalty publisher would own certain rights to your book, thus preventing you from printing copies when he looses interest and places your book out of print . . . unless of course, you purchase those rights back. A self-publisher owns all of the book's rights and may sell all, none or a portion of those rights at any time.

Make Money

Why accept a 5 to 15% royalty when you can have a 20-80% (or more) margin? Sure, a royalty publisher may have the distribution in place and will finance the project, but guess who does all the promoting anyway? If your self-published book proves successful, then you can pursue a royalty publisher and negotiate from a position of strength and experience.

To Be In Print

Not everyone publishes for money. There are several other reasons, such as: Seeing your name in print, leaving a legacy to your family, to promote your business or sharing what you have learned with others. Whatever your motive, a book is a personal expression that can lead to new experiences, possibilities and opportunities. A book takes on a life of its own, and you can be part of that exciting life.

Copyright © 1999 Mark Ortman

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