Write & PublishAre you just about done with that novel? Wondering if self-publishing is the route for you? Let me share what I found to be some of the pros and cons of being an Indie Author. Let me forewarn you that sometimes they can be one and the same.

One of the biggest pros is having the complete autonomy to follow your vision for your work. You have complete control of the story, cover design, and layout.  You also set and control your publishing deadline. There is no one breathing down your neck to meet a deadline. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

On the flip side of one of the biggest pros is one of the biggest con. You have complete financial responsibility for producing your vision. Every decision that has to be made has to be made by you. Will you self-publish in the traditional manner? Will you start your own publishing business and hire out services like, printing, typesetting, editing, distribution, and so on and so forth. Financing heavily up front, but having lower per book ordering costs. Or will you use Print-on-Demand and use their services to print, typeset, edit, purchase a cover design, etc. in a one stop shop manner? This route gets you a lower front-end cost of publishing but higher back-end per book ordering costs.

You will at least have sales from friends and family. Here is a pro that some out of the gate Indie Authors believe that can easily turn into a humbling con. In my experience and talking to other Indie authors, book sales come easier and more frequent from complete strangers than loved ones. Why? The reasons can be endless and truthfully is probably not worth your time trying to figure out. Even if you sold to every friend and family member it most likely won’t get you the sales you need to hit a best sellers list or achieve the success you are looking for when you publish your book. You are going to have to find your fan base outside of the family and friends zone.

Having trouble deciding whether or not to go the Indie route? Take a moment and imagine receiving the final product of all your hard work. It’s in your hands or on your screen in e-book format. Imagine that feeling of accomplishment and add that on the Pro vs Con scale and see to which side the scale tips.

Click here for a free copy of my Write & Self-publish chart. It provides the high-level steps you need to write and self-publish your book. I invite you to comment and ask any questions you may have on writing and self-publishing your book.

I have written and published six novels.  My latest book entitled Life on Fire, co-written with my sister Karen D. Bradley, was released in June 2015If you are new to writing a book or self-publishing and want to follow along as I share what I’ve learned, either subscribe to receive my blog posts at www.jenettambradley.com or request to be added to my  group on Facebook, JB’s Writers Studio where the links to the posts will be shared. The group will also be a place for members to ask questions and share information.

 

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