Also called “Indie Publishing,” a reflection of the freedom and control an author retains, self-publishing is a viable option for those who know their market and are willing to work to reach it. There are several advantages to self-publishing as compared to signing a deal with a trade publisher:

  • You don't have to wait months or years to attract an agent or publisher—once you decide to self-publish, your odds of being published become 100 percent!
  • You don't have to wait a year and a half, two years, or longer in a publisher's queue for your book to be produced—you control the timing of your book's release.
  • You have complete control over content; your book is edited to your satisfaction.
  • You have complete control over design; your designer works for you, not a third party.
  • All proceeds from sales are yours. Instead of receiving 8 to 10 percent of the sales price in the form of royalties, you keep every dime. (Sales price is typically about half the retail price, so on a $20 retail book, you're looking at earning about a dollar per book with a traditional publishing arrangement.)
  • The stigma once associated with self-publishing, aka "vanity publishing," is fading fast. If you do well with your self-published book, a traditional publisher may want to repackage and reintroduce it. How do we know? We've edited books for Simon & Schuster that began as self-published works.
  • For nonfiction topics, the fact that you have a published book conveys your authority as an expert and lends a cachet that can advance your career. The fact that you published yourself does not detract from these advantages.

If you would like to explore the possibility of self-publishing, take advantage of our free twenty-minute phone consultation offer. Contact Sheridan at (541) 602-1470 or by email.

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Indie publishing may be complex, but it's not hard. You just take it a step at a time. We have prepared a schematic of the process—a road map—and we invite you to download it here, free. Please note that while there is a clear sequence in the schematic, in reality, several of the steps can run concurrently. The point of the road map is to orient you to the various tasks self-publishing entails.