Are you a writer who has always dreamed of seeing your work in print? If so, you're not alone. In fact, according to a recent study, 80% of Americans say they want to write a book. However, only about 2% of people actually do it. Why? For many would-be authors, the traditional publishing route is simply too daunting. But there's good news: self-publishing is more accessible than ever before. In this blog post, we'll explore four advantages of self-publishing your book.
Advantage #1: You Retain Complete Control
When you self-publish your book, you're the one in charge. That means you get to decide what the book will be about, how long it will be, what the cover will look like, and more. You also get to choose when the book will be released. Of course, this level of control comes with a downside: you're also responsible for any mistakes that might be made along the way. But ultimately, having complete control over your book can be incredibly empowering.
Advantage #2: The Self-Publishing Process is Relatively Simple
In the past, self-publishing a book was a complicated and expensive process. But nowadays, thanks to platforms like Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing and IngramSpark, it's easy and affordable to self-publish your book. In fact, with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, you can have your book live on Amazon in less than 24 hours. And best of all? There are no upfront costs or monthly fees; you simply pay a small percentage of each sale.
Advantage #3: You Keep More of the Proceeds
When you sign with a traditional publisher, you typically receive an advance against future royalties (i.e., a percentage of sales). However, once that advance is earned out—which can happen quickly if your book is successful—you often only receive 10%-15% of subsequent sales. But when you self-publish your book, you keep 70% or more of each sale. So if your book sells well, you stand to make significantly more money by self-publishing than you would by going the traditional route.
Advantage #4: You Build an audience from Day One
When you sign with a traditional publisher, they own the rights to your book and are responsible for marketing it to readers. That means it can be months or even years before your book reaches its intended audience—if it ever does at all. But when you self publish your book, YOU are responsible for marketing it to readers (more on that below). This gives you the opportunity to build an audience from day one and connect with readers on a personal level—something that can ultimately lead to greater success down the road.
Self-publishing your book has many advantages—including complete control over your work, a simple publishing process, higher royalties, and the ability to connect with readers from day one. If you're ready to take the plunge and share your work with the world, self-publishing may be the best option for you!