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My decision to self publish.
Let me tell you. This decision wasn’t easy.
Last spring I took notice of certain blogs – Konrath, Kris Rusch, Nathan Bransford, Bob Mayer, Dean Wesley Smith, Passive Guy. And a tiny spark was ignited.
Nathan dropped the fact that a lot of midlist authors could probably make more money self-publishing. That kind of hit me over the head pretty hard.
A few more weeks passed. Excitement built. And once I decided to self publish, my creativity rocketed. #writerheaven
But then an agent requested my manuscript and she loved the first chapter.
SCREECH! That’s the sound of the self-publishing brakes being pressed to the ground. And the doubts rolled in. I mean self publish? Really? Because the only way to really make it is to have an agent and a book deal. Right? Self-publishing was only for the desperate and the wannabes.
For years I wanted that agent. I craved that book deal. I dreamed of seeing my book in stores.
But I could change my dreams.
I could receive validation through sales and reaching readers.
I could let go of my ego.
I could move forward instead of spinning my wheels researching agents and writing that holy grail of the perfect query letter.
Kris Rusch wrote a post. Big publishers were making lots of money off ebooks. But guess who wasn’t making as much?
Yeah, you guessed it. The authors.
I know there are some wonderful dream-like publishing stories with NY out there. But I was beginning to understand that for most writers – it wasn’t like that.
And after lots of research, I seemed to fit the bill for self publishing. This wasn’t my first manuscript. In fact, I had three, four, five or six but who’s counting? I didn’t mind the extra work.
So in November, I pulled my manuscripts from the agent and started the process.
I didn’t make the decision out of a place of desperation or thinking I could get rich quick. It was an even balance between bad contract clauses, low ebook royalties, lack of shelf life, the narrowing market, and the thrill of moving forward with my career.
Let me tell you. The decision wasn’t easy. Yet, at the same time, it was one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever made.
I am of the point of view that self-publishing isn’t for everyone. Only you can decide which publishing route is for you. The terrific thing is that we have options. Options people! That is something to be excited about!
If you have any questions about my decision, ask away in the comments!