I got tired of waiting. I kept looking at those odds, and they were stacked against me. Even if I had a super AWESOME book that was already polished to the 8th degree and could be just picked up with very little work from the publisher, chances were I wasn’t going to make it.
After I signed with a small press publisher, and then had that small press publisher fall on her face with my book, I said, “Screw this bleeeep! I’m doing it on my own!”
There are ups and downs. It’s tough, but here are a few of MY pros and cons for self publishing.
With a publisher, I will at least have their following to boost my own.
With a publisher, I only have to pay for advertising, and only if I want to be successful.
With a publisher, I can get in the bookstores, though, not all bookstores accept small pub books. I found that out the hard way. And a lot of the small pubs can’t afford to take the risk of the big book stores buying 700 (Just threw a number out there/could be bogus.) books. That could break a small press if the books don’t sell and they have to buy them back.
With a publisher, you generally get (5) copies – as negotiated – of your book for giveaways.
EVERYTHING is out of MY pocket, not just the advertising.
It’s hard to get in the book stores. There are a couple that will entertain the idea. I’m still working on that one.
It takes a lot of effort to get the word out, many months of constant pushing. It’s happening, but, man is it slow!
To be honest, the CONTROL makes up for a lot of the cons. If you go this route, come up with a business plan with a well-planned, timed budget and just plan on not making money for at least 6 months. If you do before that, GREAT! But plan for the worst.