Whether you’re writing a novel, short story collection, or non-fiction self-help or business book, the independent or self-publishing route will offer you maximum creative control and the ability to take home a greater share of the profits.
Here are some of the advantages of self-publishing or, as we like to call it, independently publishing, to consider when writing your next book:
Your Books Are Within Your Control
One of the benefits of going the self-publishing or independently publishing route is taking full control over your own book, whether that be publishing control or book promotion control, both are in your hands.
Mainstream publishing is full of gatekeepers who will take decisions on the content of your book, how your story plays out, your book cover design, and sometimes even the title of your book.
Indie publishing, i.e. independent publishing, allows you to take the reins with complete control over your books. If you want to hire a certain cover designer or format your book a certain way, you won’t have someone from a traditional publishing house insisting on what they believe is the best ideas for your cover.
For authors and writers who want to make decisions for their books, the self-publishing route or independent publishing route can be an attractive alternative.
You Earn The Money
Royalty rates are higher with independent publishing. You keep almost all of the revenue your books earn!
Traditional publishing houses offer writers between 7 and 25 percent royalty on book sales. For independent authors, that number is closer to 70 percent, and could be higher if you sell your books directly from your website.
Of course, this means you can make a greater amount of money than you would through the traditional publishing process if you have the same number of book sales. And that depends on your book marketing and book promotion program.
All of this can be achieved within weeks rather than months or even years in the mainstream traditional publishing market.
You Take Creative Control
With independent publishing (or self-publishing) you take creative control. We mean complete creative control.
You hire professional editing services to work with you on editing your book. Whether that be a developmental edit or a content and line edit or even a proofread, your story is within your control, and you don't have literary agents or publishing teams telling you how to spend your time rewriting your story completely.
When the editing is complete, you get to work with book cover designers to relay your story's vision and create your dream book cover. Using a book designer's expertise combined with your knowledge of your story, you take creative control of how your book cover looks to your readers.
And, it is within your control how long you want your book to be available to readers. Or if you want to withdraw it for another round of editing or making any changes. This doesn't often happen, but could happen if you decide to write a trilogy and thus some changes to the original story may be needed. Again, all within your creative control.
Every year, there are millions of self-published titles being published on Amazon and other bookshops.
And, even more encouraging, there are authors with books that earn them more than $50,000!
I switched to self-publishing, partly for financial reasons, and partly, so I could have control over how my books are packaged and marketed. After growing frustrated with dwindling author earnings and the publishing industry's perception of horror, which is "outside comfort zones" in traditional publishing, I decided to make the switch.