Making Money with Self-Publishing

I have written on this subject before, but with so many budding authors looking for more information, here are some of the latest arguments for choosing self-publishing over traditional.

Most importantly, perhaps, it should be noted that traditional authors are likely to receive only around 10% of earnings for their efforts, as opposed to up to 70% with self-publishing.

It was pointed out to me recently by another author, that you have little control over the many decisions that have to be made during the traditional route to publishing. Some changes that may not be to your liking, you will have to accept. With self-publishing you have total control.

A book I’m working on at the moment, I hope to have fully edited, cover design complete, and on the shelves within 6 – 9 months, with my own publisher. Giving me time to start another project. With traditional publishing, a time scale of up to 2 years, and more is very often the case.

One surprise for many authors who expect marketing to be carried out mainly by the traditional publisher, will be disappointed to discover that they also have to be part of the process. It’s a common complaint for the author who simply doesn’t understand modern day marketing, and wants to get on with writing their next bestseller!

A final word on self-publishing: such writers should not be seen as failed authors that have been rejected by the traditional houses.

Consider the successful self-published writers: The Martian by Andy Weir, Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, Eragon by Christopher Paolini, The Tale of The Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, Holy Island by L. J. Ross, The Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan, The Cleaner by Mark Dawson, Only the Innocent by Rachel Abbott.

This is a very small selection who between them have sold tens of millions of bestsellers. Their personal stories, alone, on how they achieved success, would make great reading for the budding author.

W.L.

www.williamlongbooks.co.uk

For information on self-publishing visit: Bookbaby

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