Thoughts on Self-Publishing

Up until last year I was in the group of writers that is anti self-publishing, and I was very adamant about my opinion.  And then a blogger friend of mine decided to self-publish her amazing book Monster.   And I decided to take a step back and look at the pros and cons of self-publishing.    As of right now I’m still unsure what I think about it, but I’m feeling a little hypocritical because of trying to self-publish some stories.

What are your thoughts?

10 comments

  1. I’m mixed on self-publishing too… I’m holding back from making any sorts of decisions at the moment, personally, and just working on writing, because the world of publishing is still very much a confusion right now. I like the flexibility the author has in self-publishing, so I think that CAN be a good way to go, but the fact remains that the only self-published things I’ve ever actually read were because they’re by friends of mine. I haven’t had much awareness of self-published books, and I can’t be the only one like that… Marketing would have to be huge; but I’ve also heard that even with traditional publishing, it falls very much on the author’s shoulders to publicize as well. I don’t know. It’s all so confusing! I feel like I might not want to self-publish, and yet traditional publishing (even if one could manage to miraculously get a story accepted) I feel like I wouldn’t like the limited power the author has over their work.

    I’d say, don’t feel hypocritical for leaning toward self-publishing — it might be the best way to go — but make sure you know what you’re getting into before you start. 🙂 Whether you do or don’t, good luck in your decisions and getting your stories out there!

    (and now I feel very rambly having typed up a comment longer than the post I was replying too. :P)

  2. I am all for self-publishing, I plan to do it with my stories. I believe it gives writers the freedom to express what they want, rather than be dictated to by publishers. Granted, there are some badly edited works out there, but other self-published books are incredible, and never would have gotten out there if not for self-publishing.

    Self-publishing is about putting gin hard work to get results, and anyone who wants to put that immense effort in is normally pretty passionate about what they do. Just hopefully they find a good editor before publishing 😀

    Great post 🙂

    • I agree Deborah, I like the freedom that self-publishing gives, and yes the publishing world confuses me as well! And then there are those people saying that soon the world will only be reading e-books and such (just the thought of that makes me sad!). I guess it could all come down to, am I publishing to become famous, or simply because I want my stories to be read.
      Thanks for the encouragement!

      • Gosh dang it that was supposed to be a reply to the first comment. :p Oh well, I still must get used to the world of wordpress. 😀

        Thanks for commenting Harliqueen! Before this one of my main reasons for being against self-publishing was that a lot of people use it without editing their stories/novels/etc. And for a while it was giving the self-publishing world a very bad name. Myself, and I believe others branded all self-published books as crap that wasn’t fit for the publishing world. Yet, I have read good books that have been self-published. So when not abused it can be a good thing.
        Good luck on your own ventures!

  3. I’ve heard people say it will come down to just ebooks someday, and I’m one of those people who will resist it to the last! I’ve yet to actually buy an ebook. (I do read free out of print stuff from gutenberg.org, and I did break down and download a kindle app last week so I can read a few free things from Amazon, but so far that’s as far as I’ve gone.) I just tend not to retain the memory of the stories I read that aren’t physical books; and besides, one of my great joys in life is reorganizing the books on my shelves constantly, and just… yes. Printed books forever! 😀 (That being said, there are some friends who have published ebooks that I’m going to get someday…)

  4. I think there are pros and cons in both. You just have to figure which route is better for you. Don’t feel hypocritical about thinking of self publishing. Get the best work you can out there and see where it leads. Good luck with whatever you decide.

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