Have you developed a book proposal and had no luck selling it to a traditional publisher? Have you written a book but haven’t taken the time to prepare a proposal and market it? If you can answer “yes” to either question, you’ve probably thought about self-publishing.
Many royalty publishers are now in the self-publishing business. For example, Thomas Nelson now offers Westbow Press. That might be taken to mean that self-publishing is the wave of the future. Or, it could mean that the royalty publishers are just looking for another way to enhance their bottom lines.
If you are considering self-publishing, ask yourself these questions:
- Is your work really ready for publication? Even if you answer “yes,” you should submit your work for a professional critique. Most of us cannot really be objective about our own work. You may need to hire a “book doctor” to get your book into shape for publishing.
- Are you ready and willing to sell your own books? The answer to this one must be “yes,” because nobody will sell them for you. Having a listing on Amazon or other sites is not going to yield enough sales to recoup your investment. Selling includes many time-consuming tasks like managing inventory, sales tax, and shipping.
- Do you have a speaking ministry or other platform to help you sell your books? If not, perhaps you’re better off building a platform before you invest in your book.
If you know you’re ready to self-publish, choose a reputable company that is recommended by other writers. Do not look for bargain basement deals. Look instead for value and dependability. See the resource material I’ve listed below as you expand your research on self-publishing.
- If you don’t read anything else about self-publishing, please read Jim Watkins’ article on self-publishing here.
- Find someone to critique and/or edit your book at The Christian PEN.