In honour of the day, here are four things that are good about self-publishing and four things that aren’t so good about it.
- I’m about to publish a full-length novel, roughly a year after first having the idea. That’s a really short time from idea to production.
- My book didn’t sit on someone’s desk until another someone told them it wasn’t worth publishing, when it then got sent back after a few months or so. I was able to get feedback from many people and use my own editor, without someone else having to give it the green-light.
- I didn’t have to get an agent.
- I control distribution and know exactly where all of the money has gone or is going.
- I keep wondering if I should have spent longer on it!
- I haven’t made it through the process that is often used to confer authorial legitimacy. (Well, actually, I have on the non-fiction and technical side with a PhD, multiple papers and a text book… but not on the challenging fiction side.)
- I have to look after all of my own business and it’s surprisingly time-consuming.
- I have little marketing and nothing large-scale, which means that I may have total control of a distribution mechanism that will sell very few books.
It’s a net positive but I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t a little nervous.
Ok, a lot nervous.