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I've been self-published for five years and haven't earned a dime, but I have heard success stories of self-published authors. A friend of mine self-published his comic books on my suggestion and from what he told me, they became pretty successful.
Realistically, it all depends on how much work you're willing to put into marketing and such.
I finally got tired of attempting to do all the legwork by myself and simply use the self-published books for copyright protection. If someone buys it, fine, but I don't do much with them anymore. Instead, I almost accidentally got into publisher hunting last year. I wrote about it in several hubs and included one recently explaining a specific clause to look for in publisher contracts.
I'm not saying a publisher is better than self-publishing, but in defense of both, there's a lot of work to be had. Some publishers still make you do all the marketing and such yourself.
So the real question would be, how hard are you willing to work for success?
It is a million dollar question. It depends on the contents of the book. If the readers just happen to like it, it is worth it. I read about authors being rejected by almost any publisher. He self-published and was a success. The same publisher who rejected him asked to publish his book and offered him a contract. This is not so seldom as you may think.
by Ande Moore5 years ago
What are your preferred methods of selling your novel; self publishing or through the house?
by Dani Alicia5 years ago
If there are any professional, published authors here on hubpages (and I'm sure there are tons of you guys) I was wondering if someone could tell me if self-publishing is good or bad, and maybe give a couple of pros and...
by Charles James6 years ago
this post is part rant, part need help.I was very excited recently that an "agent" picked up my MM for publication and actually I received quite a bit of slid feedback and even submission requests. But, that...
by Matthew Dawson7 years ago
What is your opinion, Is it better to self publish or find a publisher and get a contract...Now days with modern technology as it is it has become easy for an author to self publish. However is it really worth the time...
by Eiddwen7 years ago
What opinions do you have on self publishing?
by Cindy Murdoch5 years ago
And, when having to deal with self-publishing or writing in general, do you give out your social security number to everyone or have you gotten a tax ID number and are using that?
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