I am sharing my tips and insights from self publishing three spiritual books. I expose the myths about self-publishing and offer tips for aspiring authors. Learn why indie publishing was my Plan A and not my Plan B…
Over the last four years I have written and independently published three books (in paperback and ebook format) about crystals and crystal healing through KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) and formally CreateSpace (now merged with KDP).
The publishing world is constantly changing and I am still learning all the time. I wanted to share what I have learned in this journey and a few myths I’ve come across. I’m a non-fiction author, but most of this will apply to both fiction and non-fiction and other genres.
Why Self Publishing Was NOT My Plan B
When I first started writing 10 years ago, the publishing world was a different place. Self-publishing was much harder, it cost a lot of money and was a huge risk to new authors. Back then I only saw it as a possible plan B if I couldn’t find a publisher.
When I returned to wanting to write and publish a book about 5 years ago, everything had changed but there was still a stigma and a lot of myths about self-publishing. I decided to research both options and became very inspired by how many authors were doing really well self-publishing their books.
By the end of this, I decided that Indie Publishing was a better fit for me, at least to get started. Here are just some of the reasons:
9 Empowering Reasons Why I Chose To Self Publish
1. It’s common for a finished book to take up to 2 years to be traditionally published by a big publisher. I wasn’t prepared to wait any longer.
2. Indie authors earn higher royalties. You don’t have to sell hundreds of thousands of books to make a living as an author any more.
3. With KDP and BookReport you can see all your stats and monitor your sales in real-time online. No surprises.
4. With POD (Print On Demand) services, you no longer have to pay to print your books and hope they sell. Books are printed for you once someone buys them and all shipping is handled by websites or distribut
A POD paperback book never runs out of stock online or goes out of print unless you remove it from sale.
6. You have complete control of how your books look inside, illustration, photography and the book cover. You can update the book at any time.
7. I’m an introvert and this way also meant I could decide what I would and wouldn’t do to promote my book.
8. It allowed me to see if anyone was even interested in my writing and if my books would sell.
9. You decide what price your ebook and paperback books sell for and can adjust this at any time to find the right and fair price.
3 BIG MYTHS About Publishing Your Book
1. If I independently publish my book I am saying no to a book deal.
Completely false, many well-known authors were discovered through self-publishing. It actually shows publishers how serious you are and how much interest there is in your book.
2. Traditional publishers will handle all the advertising and promote my books for me
False, these days unless you are JK Rowling, publishers will only promote you on a book launch, after that you will be expected to promote yourself and your book.
3. You need to have your books in a book shop to sell them
My books are bought and sold by some book shops, but did you know that most of the world’s books are not actually sold in book shops? Most books especially specialist books are sold online these days.
The Hardest Part Of Writing A Book is…
The hardest part of writing a book is finishing the book. I’ve seen so many people with a great idea who never seem to complete this. If you go on forums or Facebook groups for writers, some of the most active and popular members have never actually published a book.
Don’t get me wrong, I procrastinated for years and this is a really common thing. It is scary and there are so many options now but be careful you don’t overthink things.
What helped me get my first book completed was focusing on one step at a time. I stopped worrying about all the other steps and
quita very common bad habit…