Self-publishing has taken the literary world by storm, offering new opportunities for authors to publish their work without the need to go through the traditional publishing process. Some self-published books have become best-sellers, proving that the stigma of amateurism is fading away. Examples include ‘Life 101’ by Peter McWilliams and John Roger, ‘What Color is Your Parachute?’ by Richard Bolles, and ’50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth’ by Julie Bennett and John Javna.
Despite the success of self-publishing, the decision to self-publish can be a tough one for many first-time authors. While some prefer to experience the traditional publishing process, others see self-publishing as a viable option to publish their work without the tedious and nerve-wracking ordeals of traditional publishing. According to Elizabeth Jennings, a self-published author, “Self-publishing is a great way to test the waters with your work. It’s easy, it’s fast, and it can be a great way to get your name out there.”
However, self-publishing forces authors to shoulder most publishing costs. Self-publishing advocates and professional writers are pushing for more beginners to consider self-publishing while providing guidance on marketing, platform building, promotional strategies, and book maintenance. As noted by Joanna Penn, a self-publishing advocate and author, “Self-publishing is not a shortcut. It’s a way to take control of your own creative destiny and build a sustainable author career.”
Ultimately, the success of a self-published book rests on the author’s hard work and dedication. Self-publishing can provide a viable way to achieve and maintain a successful book career, especially in an industry facing financial challenges. With the changing landscape of the literary sector, self-publishing could serve as a venerable proboscis on modern literature’s new face, and authors should consider this option. As noted by James Altucher, a self-published author, “Self-publishing is not just a new way to publish. It’s a new way to think about publishing, and it’s something that every writer should consider.”