The stereotype persists that self-published authors are second-rate, and that they wouldn’t make it on the traditional route. The fact is, many of us have spent months or years producing what we believe is good work, and we aren’t willing to let an overwhelmed, underpaid reader decide if our books are going to make it into print. Self-publishing also allows us to maintain control over the finished product, and to realize a much greater profit if the book sells. I’ve published one book with a traditional publisher and five on my own. I’m sticking with what works for me.
I wrote an article a few years ago, called “The Bumpy Road to Self-Publishing Success,” which appeared in the June 2007 issue of The Writer magazine. Here’s the article as I wrote it, and here’s how it looked in the magazine. I would love to hear from other self-publishers, as well as writers who are considering that route.