Tuesday, August 10, 2010

On Being Self-Published by Holly Christine [Guest Post]

Today help me welcome Holly Christine, self-published author of TUESDAY TELLS IT SLANT here at I Heart Monster.  We asked Holly to reflect a little on the process of self-publishing and what it's been like for her, and she's graced us with a great piece on the topic.  Join me in welcoming Holly!

If someone would have told me five years ago that I would self-publish a novel, I wouldn’t have believed them. Five years ago, I didn’t know or understand anything but the traditional path to publishing. I knew that I was supposed to query agents, find an agent, and then keep my fingers crossed that the right agent would get my work published. I thought that self-publishing meant shelling out thousands of dollars and loading up my car trunk with hundreds of books, setting up outside of the mall and trying to get people to take a chance on an unknown author.

I was wrong.

After I queried and waited around for agent and publisher responses for over a year, I decided that my first book was too creative to live in the nightstand drawer. I did a bit of research and discovered that not only could I get my work out there, I could do it for next to nothing. With Print-on-demand technologies such as CreateSpace and Lulu, there typically isn’t a start up cost. I think I spent something like $10 to get Tuesday Tells it Slant in print. Making the book available for Kindle and Nook was completely free. The eFormatting took a bit of time to figure out, but once I had it down, I clicked Publish and watched my words become available for purchase.

Because thousands are turning to this new wave of self-publishing every day, the trick to making a book successful is a well thought out marketing campaign. Because self-publishing establishes the author as writer and publisher, the earnings go only one way. This allows the author to price their work competitively, if not better, than similar traditionally published books. A wave of self-published authors had much success by pricing their work for Kindle sales for less than a dollar. As a Kindle owner, I look for bargains. I hate to purchase an eBook that costs just as much as the paperback... or worse, the hardcover. Major publishing houses later picked many authors up after they had proven the interest of the reader in their work. Still, the aspect of marketing and promoting a work may prove difficult for many authors. After I found some success with selling my book for Kindle, I turned to a publicist to aid in the process of marketing not only the book, but also myself as an author.

The hardest part of being a self-published author is taking the first step. I realized that I became a business owner the moment I clicked the “Publish Now” button. And today, I have no regrets.

Thank you so much for those reflections, Holly!  We're delighted that you stopped by I Heart Monster and shared this with us today.  Readers: If you'd like to purchase a copy of TUESDAY TELLS IT SLANT, they're very affordable at Amazon.com.  Just follow the title link.    Find out more about TTIS in our Blog Tour post, published earlier today.  

1 comment:

viewfromdownhere said...

Thank you for posting this! I'm working on my first book myself, and I've debated the path of self publishing...I really appreciate the advice on this for sure.