Self Publishing Myths

I have to admit that last year, self publishing was a dirty word to me. I thought of it as a last resort, vanity publishing thing. But over the past few months, I’ve read some pretty positive opinions and real life stories of (fairly) successful writers who self published. Amazon, for example, has made it even easier to self publish your novel.

*That being said, my first goal is to land an agent and go the traditional route.*

I read a post today by fellow writer David Gaughran about the various myths surrounding self publishing and I wanted to post the link here. I think it’s good for every writer to research the various options out there. And it looks like publishing your own book could reap some pretty good rewards if you work hard at it.

Here’s the link:

http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2011/06/18/self-publishing-myth-1-you-will-never-make-any-money/

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2 thoughts on “Self Publishing Myths

  1. Thanks for the mention Sara.

    I think this is a great time to be a writer because we have more options than ever. I changed my mind a lot on self-publishing in the last twelve months.

    I don’t think it’s the “best” path or the “right” path. I think writers should decide what’s best on a per project basis based on their own circumstances and goals, whether that is small press, large publisher, or self-publishing. I think there are pros and cons for each path. Writers just have more options now.

    I was subjected to a lot of scare stories about self-publishing. I was told I would only sell a handful of copies to my friends and family. Well, I just sold my 200th e-book in my first six weeks – and that’s all with free promotional activities.

    It’s not right for everyone, and it’s not right for every book. But, it’s doable.

  2. That is awesome! And very encouraging to hear. 200 books sold in less than two months is something to be proud of. More and more, self publishing is growing on me.

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