Thinking about self-publishing?

If you’re a fiction writer, you’ve probably heard buzz about self-publishing—pro and con. And if you’re aware of the current state of traditional publishing, I expect you’ve wondered if self-publishing is right for you.

If you investigated at all, you surely read about J. A. Konrath’s success. Yes, you may have thought, but he was successful in traditional publishing before he went to self-pub. But then you may have read about Karen McQuestion, who’s had success as a self-published author without previous traditional publication. You might have gone as far as reading Zoe Winters’ ebook titled Smart Self-Publishing: Becoming an Indie Author.

Perhaps you know someone who’s taken the plunge. I’ve discussed this subject with Michelle Davidson Argyle who self-published a novella a few months ago. And also with Cathryn Grant who will become an indie author with her debut novel in January.

Of course, in the interest of balanced research, you would have read the views from the opposite side too. Eric Blank on the Pimp My Novel blog is one who’s spoken often against it. If you follow them online, I’m sure you’ve seen agents and editors blog their views on the subject. A few may even be in favor of it for some—mostly non-fiction—authors.

Certainly, as the popularity of electronic readers grows, the traditional publishing industry is undergoing changes. With the the quest for a traditional publishing contract getting harder, and the process of self-publication becoming easier all the time—both as ebooks and print-on-demand—many writers will consider the option of cutting out the middle-man and going indie. There’s much to discuss, so …

Your turn: Tell me, please, have you considered self-publishing? What are your thoughts? What are your questions?

76 thoughts on “Thinking about self-publishing?

  1. Been meaning to comment on this post but haven’t had a chance. I have to tell you that it has honestly changed my view of things, so thanks to you for that.

    Had you asked me about self-publishing when I first began my novel, I would have screamed HELL NO.

    Ask me now and my answer is very different…

    I have decided to self-publish at least one e-book, a compilation of horror stories I know I would never get published unless I was a well known established author. Short stories are no longer as popular as they once were, unless you’re Stephen King, who can get away with releasing compilations of them.

    Anyway, there’s more to my decision, and I will write a post about that sometime but I wanted to take the time to write to you and tell you that if it hadn’t been for your post, I would not have made that decision, it really was the turning point, so thank you!


        1. I think it should have been on Freshly Pressed too, but they just don’t like me. Actually, the WordPress bot rarely even trolls my blog nowadays.

          I think you probably had the same view of big publishing I did, Alannah. Rude awakening, huh?


  2. I’ve had books published by small and large traditional publishers starting with Doubleday in 1976, but I was never satisfied with the books or the income.

    In 2008, I started my own publishing company (Silver Sands Books) with the intention of publishing exactly ONE book.

    I’m now doing the final corrections on book #13, and more are in the pipeline. It would take a lot to convince me to give up the control, speed and income of self-publishing to do things the “old way” again.

    Michael N. Marcus
    — Create Better Books, with the Silver Sands Publishing Series:
    — “Stories I’d Tell My Children (but maybe not until they’re adults),”


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