It’s another exciting day at The Christian Writer’s Den! First up: Let’s talk about self-publishing. It may be closer than you think!
Let’s be honest here. Back in the old days, self-publishing carried a stigma among writers. Self-publishing was for those who couldn’t get a traditional publishing contract. Self-publishing was a last resort.
But that’s no longer the case. Done well, self-publishing is now a respected route to holding your book in your hand. But it’s not for everyone in every situation. If you’re considering self-publishing, here are some points to consider.
1.Â Consider your audience. If your goal is to write your family history, self-publishing is the perfect–and perhaps the only–route for you.
But the good news is, your audience can be more than family. If you’re a speaker who can have back-of-the-room sales or someone with a following through radio, television, or social media, self-publishing is likely to provide a larger income, or at least a larger profit margin. Dave Ramsey is a perfect example. Many of his books have been done through his own company, Lampo Press, and I have a feeling he’s made a bunch of money in the process.
Self-publishing is also a good fit if you’re writing for a niche market. One of the most successful self-publishing stories I know is about an author who wrote a book for caregivers of people with a specific disease. She had 10,000 books printed for an associational conference (back before print-on-demand technology), and sold every book within weeks or months. Now that’s writing to a niche market!
2.Â Consider your attention to detail. Depending on the self-publisher you choose, you may be on your own when it comes to book covers, proofreading, editing, and formatting. Remember that in self-publishing, you are driving the editorial boat, and that can be a good or a bad thing.
Are you a graphic artist? If so, you could possibly create a great cover. Are you skilled at line editing, proofreading, and punctuation? Have you had valid input from others on your content or story structure, voice, and point of view? If you’ve answered yes to all these questions, then self-publishing could be a good fit.
If not, would you be willing to pay out of your own pocket, and probably upfront, for the services of reputable editors and graphic artists? That’s what it would take to make self-publishing the best choice for you.
3. Consider your motive. Most of us are at least somewhat impatient. I know I am. If your motivation is to get a book out fast at all costs, self-publishing can do that for you…but that doesn’t mean it’s a good reason to choose that route.
If speed is the only motivator, you’re likely to be disappointed in the outcome. Working fast without a quality goal could lead to missed typos, story holes, and funky formatting. A short turnaround and a quality product is completely possible, but it takes the right team, working hard together to bring it about.
Is fear of rejection your motive? No one likes rejection, but if you want to be a writer, you’ll most likely have to experience it. But avoiding rejection by going the self-publishing route is not the answer.
With fear as the sole motivator, you’re more likely to allow–either through ignorance or oversight–a less than quality product in the end. Fear can certainly lead you to investigate self-publishing, but it shouldn’t be the sole decision-maker.
So there you have it, three critical points to consider if you’re considering taking the reins. With the right audience, right attention to detail help, and right motive, self-publishing could be the best route for you.
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Calling all kudos!
Okay, friends, itâ€™s time for us to celebrate YOU and celebrate EACH OTHER! After all, thatâ€™s the goal of The Christian Writerâ€™s Denâ€“to encourage and instruct writers.
In order to do that, I need to hear from you! It doesnâ€™t matter how small it may seem to you or how recently itâ€™s been, every step forward is a step that leads to the next one.
So I want to know what youâ€™ve been up to. Have you had something exciting happen recently in your writing or speaking life? Maybe youâ€™ve had an article published, signed a book contract, released a new book, got an agent, or started a new blog. If so, we want to hear from you. Everybodyâ€™s welcome to share.
Itâ€™s really simple, but I do ask that you contact me with the info in this format and order ONLY:
**Your state in two-letter abbreviation
**Link to your website or blog
**Your good news
**Link to your good news, if online (online bookstore, online article, etc)
I canâ€™t wait for us to celebrate with you!
Who Worked on Their MoGo7000 in June?
If you wrote at least 7000 new words on a book project in June, you can receive an entry in the drawing for the 2015 MoGo7000 $100 cash prize! Itâ€™s open to everyone who qualifies.
To report your June results, please leave a comment below with your total new words written on a book project in June. (Please do not send your totals by email or through the Contact page. Totals must be left as a comment here by next Sunday).Â
If you missed out on last yearâ€™s money-winning writing challenge, donâ€™t worry, the 2015 Challenge continues! Here are the MoGo7000 Challenge rules. All you have to do is write at least 7000 NEW words on a book project in any month and youâ€™ll receive an entry into the end-of-the-year drawing for $100.
Each month that you qualify with 7000 new words, your name goes in the â€śhatâ€ť for the drawing. Reach the goal one month and youâ€™ll have one entry. Just starting out? Donâ€™t worry! Meet it the next 6 months and youâ€™ll have 6 entries!
So what are you waiting for? Get started now and you could have and extra $100 next year. And it doesnâ€™t cost you a cent.
According to Random.org, the winner is…
Congratulations, Sandy! To receive your free book, simply contact me with your snail mail address and Laurie will get your book right out to you!
And for those who didn’t win, here’s a direct Amazon link to Laurie Coombs’ Letters From My Father’s Murderer: A Journey of Forgiveness.
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Well that does it for another 1st Tuesday. I can’t wait to see your successes, so be sure to get your kudos and MoGo7000 information to me through the proper channels.
I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,
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