|Would he self-publish if he were alive today?|
I’ve never done this before, but I’m seriously thinking about self-publishing this series.
Am I crazy? Quite possibly.
Here’s my thought process. If I publish these books myself, I get to control everything, from the cover art to the price. I get to keep something like 70% of revenues. Of course, that also means I’m responsible for everything – editing, cover art, formatting, marketing and on and on and on. And that scares me. The upfront costs will be steep.
My only foray into self-publishing happened this past year. I have the print rights for five books that I published with a small ebook publisher, so I decided to get my three book Left at the Altar series into print. I hired someone to format it, and I had the original cover art adjusted for print. But the books had already been professionally edited and the covers were in existence. With a new series, I’d be starting from scratch.
I wouldn’t have the backing of a publisher if I went out on my own. I haven’t exactly set the world on fire with my sales, so does it even make sense to self-publish?
So how about you, fellow Word Wranglers and faithful readers? Have any of you self-published? What was your experience? Or should I stick to my original plan to pitch my series at the Surrey International Writers Conference and go the traditional route? Readers, are you willing to take a chance on a self-published book?