I made the decision to self-publish my children’s book, Loved Like Me after realising several very important things.
- No one is going to care about my book as much as I do.
- I have the resources at my fingertips to make this happen via the internet and networks IRL.
- Agents cost money once the contracts are signed. I do not want to share my profits from this book with anyone besides (possibly) a charity.
- This book is not something mainstream and would have been harder to continue to market to publishers.
- I have the experience in writing and I have done the research in marketing to know I can make this happen on my own.
- I have a supportive family and a talented illustrator, Rob Nicholson, whom has already invested their time supporting my dreams. Support teams are crucial when going it alone and mine is awesome!
- On-line publishing takes a lot less time than waiting for books to come out through a publishing house.
- This book has a message that I believe in and want to share with everyone willing to read it.
- I’ve already paid a professional editor, Trevor Clayton, and he has perfected the errors in my script to the best of his ability.
- While self-publishing is costly, indie authors can offset the cost by running a fundraising campaign to offset the cost of self-publishing and I have already started mine.
How you can support your favorite up and coming authors:
- Share their passion projects (books) or fundraising campaigns through social media. The more author’s name comes up in search engines the more ‘visible’ they become.
- ‘Follow’ their blogs and newsletters and ‘share’ them. (See reason above).
- Tell other people about their work by word of mouth. It may sound old-fashioned but it’s still one of the best ways to get word around.
- If this person is a friend or family member take the time to speak to them and give them your support verbally.
- When the book is published share the news with as many people as you can or gift the books for a special occasion to loved ones. Books still make a great gift.
- Write and post reviews. This helps the author gain exposure and it helps new readers find their way to the author’s work.
Thinking of self-publishing a book r know a writer who may be? Check out createspace.com and blurb.com You might also enjoy the book The Self-Publishing Manual by Dan Poynter.