I like the title of this post a lot. It’s kind of a theme of mine when it comes to my writing. I am not opposed to self-publishing at all. I think that there are reasons to self-publish and reasons not to. Finding the right formula for you is the key. Too many writers jump into self-pub after a few rejections or they simply want to avoid putting themselves up for criticism. Self-publishing shouldn’t be a cop-out or you simply giving up. Choosing to self-publish should stem from one of these two reasons: 1. You want 100% control over your work. 2. You have exhausted every avenue, have edited your book to the highest quality, have researched self-publishing, have hired an editor, have paid good money for good cover art, and have invested enough thought into the process.
There’s a lot to consider when self-publishing. If you want to have book-signings at bookstores or Costco, you must have an ISBN. If you want your book to be sold for more than free or $0.99, you need to pay for an editor. Simple mistakes makes your book look cheap and unprofessional. If you ask your cousin to create your cover art, unless they’re a famous artist, it may look unappealing. Certain printers offer different benefits. You want to understand these things before you trudge forward. Earning the right to self-publish means that you do all the work required. No skipping corners, no rushing into things, and leave no stone unturned.
If more people treated self-publishing this way, there wouldn’t be the stigma that comes with it. Many published authors snub their nose at those who “couldn’t get a book deal” because a lot of self-published books have poor-quality writing and editing which only adds to the cesspool of terrible self-pub books in the market. Self-publishing your book properly, will help it rise above the inferior and stand out. There are books out there that fit this mold. Follow their example and do the homework necessary to provide a good piece of literature for your readers. I want to do everything within my power to be published traditionally, but if I were to ever self-publish, I would give it my utmost because I wouldn’t want to settle for anything less than worthy.