Since blogging is relatively new to me I’m not exactly sure what to talk about, so after some thought I decided to discuss my experience with indie publishing.
When I first started writing I never thought publishing my book would be possible. I had heard a lot about publishing companies and how hard it was to get an acceptance letter, so I didn’t know if I wanted to try. I just chopped up my writing to be a passion and a hobby. That is until now. My book is now a reality and it’s all due to indie publishing.
Indie publishing, also known as independent publishing and/or self-publishing, is where the author self-publishes their novel, but let me tell you it’s not as easy as it sounds. I jumped through a lot of hoops to get where I am today and at times I wondered if I had bargained for more than I could handle, but I pushed through and let me say: It was well worth it.
Independent publishing isn’t an easy choice. There are pros and cons to it just like royalty publishing. You have to do a lot of the work by yourself and foot a lot of the cost, but you get to keep the rights of your book and still make money once it’s all said and done.
I, honestly did not know what I got myself into when I decided to go with self-publishing, but I did know that I wouldn’t have to wait around for a corporate company to accept my book or tell me my book is rejected. I didn’t want to go through that and didn’t want the hassle of dealing with the corporate book publishing companies for my first novel since everything was new to me. I had no clue what I was doing, but with some guidance from a mentoring press, I pushed through and was able to get where I am today.
Yes, it took time; yes, it took money; yes, it took effort; but most of all, it took dedication. If you’re really dedicated about your book and you like it the way it is, choose self-publishing. You get to keep your rights and no change can be made to your manuscript without your say so first. Sure, it may take longer to get to your final goal, but it is well worth it in the end. To know the feeling that you, yourself, published a book is indescribable and I wouldn’t have it any other way right now.