Read This Before You Pay Thousands to Publish Your Book

What writers need to know about the self-publishing industry

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Self-publishers romance unsuspecting writers. They assure them the writing is fantastic, it will be a bestseller, and it’s one of the top manuscripts they’ve seen. I know many who have spent thousands, even tens of thousands, to publish their books.

This isn’t going to make a lot of people happy. It’s going to disappoint those who have a dream. And it will aggravate those who make their living selling dreams.

However, it is a great conflict of interest when I encounter the quintessential snake oil salesman speaking to hopeful writers.

Certainly, dreams come true.

But self-publishing typically results in a basement, garage, or guest room filled with books that sadly never meet a reader.

But for the most part, those who have a story in their soul need to understand this industry. And how it takes advantage of promising writers.

Channels of Distribution


Cost and Stigma

The Overall Takeaway

They take cash from well-intentioned, good, honest, heart-filled, passionate writers who have not lived within the publishing industry.

And therefore, believe the lies.

Their deception made even more believable since self-publishing is skyrocketing. But unfortunately, they will neglect to mention while their numbers have soared, the number of successful self-published books have not.

The first would be a writer who simply wants their story bound. The individual who does not care if their words are far-reaching, if their book sells, or if they make their money back.

The second would be an individual who is an expert in their field. Understanding of course, that this will not propel their expertise but be an accompaniment to it. It can be used to convey thought leadership and sold at conferences, etc. It can also help build expert status, generally done in unison with PR.

There are no simple strategies.

The boxes in the basement, garage, and guest room are real.

Writing is no different than acting. It is a field littered with rejection where the strong of heart must persevere. For no other reason but the story in your soul.

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National Relationship Columnist, Freelance Journalist & Former Business Columnist. All Shapes of Love — #WomanResurrected

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