It used to be that only the most elite writers could become published authors, but today anyone can publish a book with the help of self-publishing platforms.
Many aspiring authors spend months going through the process of traditional publishing, only to get rejected time and again. Most often, publishing houses and agents do not even look at new authors trying to catch a break.
Even if a manuscript gets accepted, it will take at least a year for them to get back to you, whether or not it is acceptable to move onto the next phase of the publishing process. When and if your book is finally accepted, hidden costs and fees are revealed that you weren’t planning on, such as outside proofreading and other services, printing, and mailing charges. And, unless you have a best-seller, you may only end up selling a few thousand copies.
This is why it is better for new and aspiring authors to try self-publishing first. Not only will you avoid the hassle of rejection letters, but it is much faster. When you self-publish, you have complete control over the content, the cover design, and the pricing.
Although there are several self-publishing platforms, Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is the easiest to navigate and understand. KDP offers Print on Demand (POD) books, as well as digital e-book publishing. If you want to change something, all you have to do is change it and re-submit it.
One of the benefits to self-publishing is that you can make more money by promoting your book yourself. Self-publishing royalties range from 30% to 70%, while traditional publishing offers only about 10% to 15%.
You can promote your book on Amazon, websites, through blogs, friends, relatives, reviews, newsletters, postcards, email campaigns, and so on. Self-publishing is a great way to get noticed, too. KDP holds annual contests for new authors, which not only comes with prizes, but the world-wide recognition is priceless!
You can also use self-publishing as a way to preserve your family’s history. My father wrote down his memories while he was recuperating from knee surgery. I found his stories in a box and published them after he passed away.
My family loved it so much I decided to do the same thing for my mom. I took videos and audio recordings of her telling stories about her life, and then published them into a book. She was thrilled! She was so happy to be able to give something to her children and grandchildren that they will cherish for years to come.
So, whether it is your life story, a collection of poems or short stories, or your family's history, self-publishing your masterpiece has never been easier. What are you waiting for?