Is self -publishing smart?

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Re: Is self -publishing smart?

Post by Mana_Hale » 27 Mar 2018, 13:34

Personally, I'm a writer who after finally earning a Masters in Creative Writing learned that I not only enjoy writing, but all aspects of the production of a story - for me, self-publishing is both a hobby and part of my job. I love having the creative control to do as I please with my characters and story that I've put so much work into creating, hosting art contests, lending them to game makers, doing crossovers... writing the book has become a "core" of sorts, but for me the entire creative spectrum is what I'm interested in, which makes self-publishing the best move I feel I could make, especially given I write for a niche audience that not many agents know how to deal with.

In the meantime, I even publish drafts of the story chapters at a rate of 1 a month via Patreon and have garnered a small following after only a year of publicly putting out my work - it may only be a small amount compared to working with an agent and publisher "proper," but I couldn't be happier having such control over my own work!

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Post by McFatter » 29 Mar 2018, 08:00

ladywithglasses wrote:
13 Jan 2017, 17:38
Would you say it is better to self publish or to go through an agency? Does anyone have any experience publishing a book these ways? I would love to read your opinion. Thank you and have a wonderful day!
Querying for an agent is tough, tough business. So, if you are going to go that route, you should prepare yourself mentally and emotionally. Agents are very specific about what they are looking for and each of them only takes on a few projects a year. Writing a good query letter is a whole other mystic art that has to be learned. And it's a long waiting game. Many agents don't respond, and the majority of the ones that do understandably cut and paste a stock response--and you have to prepare for that. If you win the lotto and are lucky, an agent will reply asking to see your whole manuscript. If you win the lotto a second time, they will want to represent you.

Self-publishing offers up opportunities to writers that never existed before. And yes, while we do have more creative control by going it alone, it is very wise to get help from folks that can assist you with telling the best version of your story possible--like an editor.

I have self-published my first novel and it was a challenging journey with a lot of lessons learned along the way. And while I am still learning, I have found this process to be very rewarding.

Much luck to you, whichever way you choose.

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Post by See_B00kReaDs » 30 Mar 2018, 21:33

cluznar wrote:
21 Jan 2017, 21:54
Yes, self publishing is a good way for the new writer to start out. Instead of spending a year trying to get a publisher to pick you up, only to find out none will. With self publishing you can pretty much do as you would with a publisher. But you pay for it. I self published my first book with Outskirts Press and they are great to work with. They have editing available, also marketing. There are also many self publishers available. Each author must look them over and decide which fits their need. But at least with a self publisher you can get your book out there in front of people.
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Post by love_b00ks » 07 May 2018, 19:37

I am also an aspiring author, this thread is so useful. :)

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Post by love_b00ks » 25 May 2018, 21:06

It is difficult to get your book published by a professional publisher, it goes through a lot of process that's why I think it is wise to do self-publishing, at least at the onset.

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Post by rave_2 » 11 Jun 2018, 12:58

Self-publishing is great if you know what you're doing, and do it right. Otherwise, you may as well wait so many years just to get a literary agent to notice you.

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Post by andreandhispen » 15 Jun 2018, 00:32

It is a lot easier to self publish and puts you in control of your book. A traditional publisher will take some of the control away. If you have the budget to market the book it would be the way to go. The mistake I made is I did not market the way I wanted to, which cost me a lot of time and I had to sell books word of mouth. Whereas with a traditional publisher would eliminate that it is still a better option, because you have the creative freedom and you keep more money which is the way it should be.

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