Why should I self-publish?

Why self-publish your book?

Whether you are a well-known person or not, young or old, getting a book published in your name is a natural desire. Many would like to write either a novel, self-help book, poetry, biography or simply a diary or an anthology. What keeps us back is the fear that either completing a book is too hard or fear of rejection from publishing houses. No more. Newer options in publishing allow a writer to publish a book almost at will.

Most well-known personalities are keen to be called ‘author’ and like to have a book published under their name. Why? – It is prestigious and increases your social and professional reputation.

Have you started on your book publishing journey by writing emails and calls to publishing agents and traditional publishers? Did a few publishers care to reply? Many-a-times, writers come to a point when they cannot wait any longer or the pile of rejections becomes too high. That is when they decide to take things into their own hands and not wait for the elusive book deal.

When an author is ready with a manuscript, they become desperate to publish the book. Waiting even for a day becomes arduous. But finding a publisher willing to publish can take a long time, sometimes many months. The author starts looking for an alternative way to get his book published. Till a couple of years back, there was no other option. Now self-publishing a book has gained momentum.  It is the fastest-growing segment of the book publishing industry.

For aspiring/first-time authors, self-publishing a book has many plus points. All you need to know about self publishing:

  • Authors don’t need to run behind traditional publishing companies.
  • It’s really quick, it takes anywhere from a few weeks to three months.
  • Each of the author’s suggestions carries weight.

Self-publish a book to get your voice heard

The book is written for it to benefit the readers, but it has to be published first. It is as good as dead if readers cannot get to read it because no traditional publisher steps forward to publish it. Your labour of love has gone down the drain.

Some self-published authors are passionate and want to share their reasons for self-publishing. The reasons can be varied.

Pay-offs can be huge

Like any aspect of life, there are a few downsides to self-publishing, but there is a possibility of a huge pay-off too. After zeroing in on the option of self-publishing, the first step is to get in touch with a self-publisher who has excellent testimonials and can get the process going. It is possible to have a published book in your hands without any pain in as few as 4-5 weeks.

Be the master of your book

A traditional publisher has a set idea of what a book should contain and therefore, an author is forced to add/make changes just to meet that set formula. A major benefit of self-publishing is that you will have the full freedom to write exactly what you want to write and how.

Earn up 100% royalties on net profit.

Traditional publishers are really economical with royalties. It is possible to earn as much as 80-90% in self-publishing! You would undoubtedly want to be in the driver’s seat as far as your book is concerned.

Self-publish a book in weeks

A traditional publishing process is painfully inefficient, not least because the author never really knows what is going on at ANY stage. And if there is an agent involved, the process is even more out of your control. Within a month, you would like your book to be in your reader’s hands. No one is interested in waiting for months or years on end, never knowing when the book will be on the market.

Be involved at every stage of self-publishing your book

There is nothing more deeply satisfying than being involved in the entire process of converting a manuscript into a perfect book. As an author, you are kept abreast of all steps, including designing the cover and the “look” of the book, formatting the contents, printing, pricing, sales and distribution. You can share your feedback at all stages and see them implemented quickly.

You can be based anywhere in the world to self-publish your book

To self-publish a book, you can be based anywhere in India – in large cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai or in the smallest of towns. All you need is an internet connection and a courier service to receive your printed books!

Join well-known personalities

All well-known personalities in India or abroad have a book to their credit, be it the PM of India, or Bill Gates. There is a certain prestige attached to becoming an author.  Hence increasingly, it’s becoming a life necessity if you are looking to move up in life. It doesn’t matter to what genre the book belongs to –  it could be a non-fiction book in the area of your specialisation or a fiction book.

Currently, several companies are offering self-publishing services. There is no shortage of options. You may take the free publishing or paid publishing option. Self-publishing a book in India with the help of experts is now a viable option for first-time authors, new authors and established authors. With growing literacy, the number of people who would like to express their creativity or share their knowledge has grown exponentially. Authors often face extreme difficulty finding a publisher to publish their work. A voice for all authors is needed – self-publishing is one such voice. Hope this post has all you need to know about self publishing. You can dig deeper into self-publishing with these blogs below.

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