Writing Twitter. It’s my happy place these days. Thousands and thousands of fellow writers, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, each on a different stage in their journey. Every last one of them has something of value to share with the world, and getting to know and interact with them has been an incredible blessing. They are inspiring, fun, and encouraging.
One thing many of them (myself included) share is the desire to publish their work at some point. I’ve often seen debates on the relative pros and cons of seeking traditional publication verses self-publishing verses hybrid publishing. I think all of these paths have their merit, and I firmly believe that no one has to justify their reasons for choosing one over the other. But, sometimes as I have waded through my own decision-making process, I have felt like knowing some of their reasons might help me.
So that brings us to this blog post. I am not here to justify myself, because I am confident in my decision, and it doesn’t need justifying. I am not here to slam others, because I don’t feel that their reasons invalidate my own or vise versa. I just want to give my reasons so that someone else approaching this crossroad in their journey can feel not so alone or overwhelmed. Maybe my own thoughts in this regard could help someone else decide what is best for them.
So here they are, a few of the reasons why I’ve decided to self-publish my series, as well as the thought process behind them.
I have weighed the expectations.
I understand that self-publishing is just that—self. I’m on my own. But am I really? When it comes to costs, I certainly am. Professional cover design, proper formatting, review copies, editing, marketing…all of this will fall on my shoulders. If I was completely on my own in this, all of these costs in both time and money might make me think twice. But I have a supportive husband who is with me every step of the way, and we are willing to hustle hard. And, let’s be honest. How much money will trad pub truly spend on pushing a debut author? If you go that route, does it mean you can just sit back, put your feet up, and get on with your next book with nary a care in the world? No. No matter what you choose, there will be a lot of work involved toward getting your book into the public eye. For me, if I’m going to work hard on a product, I know that I will work even harder on something that I have personally invested my time and money in.
I don’t want to wait.
THERE IT IS! You’re shaking your head at me, aren’t you? You’re thinking, oh, another person rushing to publication, just wanting to hold their book in their hand without considering the consequences of rushing. But, hear me out. That isn’t it at all. I’ve spent a long time and a lot of energy on my writing. I am not trying to rush a subpar product. I am over halfway through writing an 8 book series, and when I say I don’t want to wait, what I mean is that I don’t want to wait 8 years to see all of those books become a reality. I want to release them on a much shorter timeline than the traditional industry affords, especially to a debut writer. Rest assured that when they are released, they will have undergone a thorough process of editing, design, and critiquing. I don’t want to do anything less than present you with the best reading experience I have to offer.