During the month of October, we’re chatting about everything self-publishing—design, branding, marketing, formats—you name it! Pulling questions from Design by Insight clients, Re:Write Conference attendees, and you, we’ll take a look at what can often be a confusing and potentially overwhelming subject. Have a question you’d like me to answer? Leave it in the comments!
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The landscape of publishing is rapidly changing. More and more options for self-publishing are available. While traditional publishing is and will be the backbone of how books are released to the world, the current opportunities for self-publishing multiply the possibilities available to writers.
The way people purchase books has taken a drastic turn. People are buying more books online and less at their local bookstore. E-reader devices expand the options beyond print books and into multiple formats.
When it comes to books, it’s a season of transition, no matter how you look at it.
Even just a few years ago, self-publishing was often viewed as a plan B for authors who couldn’t get a traditional publishing deal. That is no longer the case. That isn’t to say that you will never encounter the stigma of self-publishing, but I want to encourage you. . .
If you decide to go the self-publishing route, don’t feel like you are “less than.” Self-publishing is a viable option. Often it is the best road to take. It doesn’t mean that you have failed because you haven’t signed with a major publishing house. That may come down the road anyway. Or not.
It requires a shift in thinking. Our children will not have the same hurdle. Who knows what the publishing landscape will look like when my girls are adults! We are experiencing the shift firsthand, riding the waves of change. When you and I were children, the road to self publishing meant paying almost the price of a small house to get your book printed. (Yes, that’s a bit exaggerated, but you know what I mean!) Changes in opportunity often come more easily than changes in the way we think.
You can self-publish. It takes courage to choose that road and walk down it, but you can do this!
Embrace the self-publishing road once you’ve chosen it. You have the opportunity like never before to share your words with the world. That is remarkable. Not everyone around you will understand the process, but don’t let that discourage you.
You are not alone.