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I Have Written a Book is it Really Worth Self-Publishing

Updated on December 20, 2015
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Mr. Matthew Q. Dawson is a native Texan. He spent his childhood and young adulthood residing in Austin, Texas.

Ok, you have written a book and you are finding yourself in a difficult position. You are left wondering if you should self-publisher or go on the quest of looking for a publishing house to contract your book.

This article is intended to help answer the question is it really worth all the heartaches to self-publish?

Self-publishing is a difficult and a time-consuming job for any author to take on. As a self-publishing author, you have to be willing to market your book, promote your book as well as you as the author, and also build your own following and readers. This can be done only if the self-publishing author doesn’t get the attitude of being defeated.

A self-publishing author must be willing to dedicate hours in a day, week, and month in networking and self-advertising themselves as a published and recognized the author.

A self-publishing Author cannot expect to gain success if they only are willing to spend a few hours a day or week in promoting themselves.

As with any trade; the author must have and show confidence in the product they are trying sell or promote. So if you willing to dedicate yourself to the time that is demanded of you to find the success then yes Self-publishing is well worth it.

Why is self-publishing worth you ask? We’ll let me answer your question:

Self-publishing authors earn more in royalties and they have more control over where their books are sold.

How do I promote myself you ask?-

One of the most frequently asked question and statements that I hear; I do not have the money to spend on promoting; what can I do to promote myself where it does not cost an arm and a leg.

Well, there are some very simple steps you can take that does not cost an arm and a leg that might help you find success in promoting your book as well as yourself as a distinguished author. Below I have added some examples of things that a self-publishing author can do that will assist in promoting themselves:

Book Trailer

Using windows live movie maker (Which is free) build several book trailers. Spend some time to learn the many features windows live movie maker offers. If movie maker is used right it will help you build a professional trailer that will catch the eye of the reader.

Publish your trailer throughout the web. One thing that I see many authors make a mistake on is when they publishing their book trailers they limit their publishing it is important that the self-publishing author post throughout the entire web.

Press Release

Write yourself a public press release making sure when you write it that you add a detailed synopsis of your book and post it out and about throughout the World Wide Web.

Do an extensive research gaining knowledge to where you can post your press releases. However a mistake that I find allot of self-publishing authors doing is not reposting updated press releases.

Often times I see authors only posting one press release!!! Post different press releases making sure that you add a new synopsis each time. This helps build your book (s) presence on the search engines as well as will help enable your name to be recognized as a reputable author.

Join Social Network Groups

If you haven’t already joined social network groups let recommend you doing so. Join as many writing groups as you can within the various social networks online. Be sure to partake in posting and replying to other writers post. By being an active member in these groups; when potential readers search your name on the Google they will see that you are an active member in the writing community. This will again show to your potential readers that you are a reputable writer. Again by following this step you will see your sales of your book begin to increase.

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Never Set Your Standards or Goals too High

Set realistic goals and standards for yourself. Remember it is never realistic to say you are going to sell 100 books in a week. However, you can begin setting you marketing plan to eventually reach that 100 book goal.

Remember these are goals and if not reached you cannot be hard on yourself. If you become too hard on yourself you will lose your ambition and drive to market or even write.

So just stay focused on pushing toward your goals and when you become overwhelmed walk away and give yourself a break.

Be Consistent With Your Marketing and Writing Schedule

I have always recommended that self-publishing authors should sit down and write a schedule for each day. When writing their schedule, they should equally plan to write for a certain amount of time each day as well as a specific amount of time for marketing each day.

Now not only should the self-publishing author write the schedule but they should also be strict to follow the schedule. By following this schedule, the author will find that climbing the success ladder will be allotted easier and the author will find that the falls they encounter will be few and far in-between.

I started this article with a question:

“I Have written a Book is it really Worth Self-Publishing” in closing let me answer the question:

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Yes, it is worth it to self-publish if you the author are willing to spend the time and effort necessary put that it takes to climb the ladder of success.

If you are not willing to be devoted than no it is not worth self-publishing. Let me recommend to you to find a publishing house.

To find success as a self-publishing Author is to look at self-publishing as a full-time job. So to be a successful self-publishing he or she must be willing to spend the full-time hours it demands in the profession to find the desired success.

I wish you good luck in your publishing endeavors and if you should find yourself stuck let me invite to come back and visit Sundaymoments on HubPages where I have many articles on self-publishing.


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    Angela Joseph 

    5 years ago from Florida

    Joining a critique group is a good way to get valuable feedback before you decide to either self-publish or do it the traditional way. I self-published my book two years ago but I never had the time to market it properly. That's a mistake I won't make again.

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    Devika Primić 

    6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    It is worth self-publishing, and you have the ideas as mentioned I have self-published and have several kindle publications selling well.

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    Matthew Dawson 

    6 years ago from United States

    Thanks for the vote up, Break of Dawn!!!

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    Matthew Dawson 

    6 years ago from United States

    Thanks for the vote up, Mrs. Brooks!!!!

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    Matthew Dawson 

    6 years ago from United States

    Well Said SylviaSky....

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    Rebecca Mealey 

    6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Thanks for the ideas. I like the book trailer idea. I had not heard of that one. I will do that when the time comes.

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    Sallie B Middlebrook PhD 

    6 years ago from Texas, USA

    Good tips, all. Thanks for the post.

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    Break of Dawn 

    6 years ago

    Thank you for a great hub! You share lots of valuable information. Self-Publishing is the way to go when I'm ready to publish one day. I'll bookmark for future references. Voted up. Thank you.

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 

    6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    I have written my first novel.. it is at the publisher in fact he is done with the editing I am reading it again to okay the editing.. and I am not liking it.. so now I have mixed feelings.. lol

    Well anyway.. thanks for this wonderful hub.. food for thought

    voted up and sharing


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    6 years ago from USA

    You need a network of fellow writers who regularly critique each other's work honestly (you give critiques as well as get them). Either that or hire a professional editor to tell you the truth. Many new authors refuse to believe they must invest in their books.

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    Shelley Watson 

    6 years ago

    Enjoyed the write-up and agree with Marisa Wright, first get honest critiques before spending the time promoting something they may need an edit! Well done, voted up, interesting and useful.

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    Kate Swanson 

    6 years ago from Sydney

    I feel you've missed out a step. One thing that a mainstream publisher will do is give you an honest opinion. You need to get that honest opinion before you publish!

    We are the worst judges of our own work. We're too close to it, so we can't see its flaws. Family and friends are going to be too polite to tell you Chapter 3 is boring, or one of your characters isn't believable, or the first chaper puts them off reading the book.

    So before you publish, self- or otherwise, you need to seek out honest critiques from other writers.

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    6 years ago from Lubbock, Texas

    Very informative! Thanks!


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