Yesterday we featured an interview with Darcie Chan who, after much rejection, decided to self-publish her first novel. To her surprise, the book went on to sell over 600,000 copies landing her on both the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists for over seven months. Here, fellow self-published author Alessandra Torre discusses the benefits of self-publishing which, she believes, are there for new writers’ taking.
By Alessandra Torre
At the moment, my life is in a very good place. I've written eight novels. I have two different publishers, an agent, a film agent, street team, and thousands of loyal readers. Yet, less than three years ago I was unemployed, reading Stephen King's On Writing and turning over the unthinkable concept of starting a book. It is incredible how quickly things can change. And for me, as a brand new writer, it was all made possible by self-publishing.
What is self-publishing? Self-publishing is when the author of a book acts as their own publisher. After completion of the manuscript, the author uploads the document at different e-retailers and viola, within 24hours, their eBook is live and available for purchase. As a self-published, or independent author, the author has control over almost every step of the publication process and final product.
Why self-publish? While traditional publishing has its own bevy of benefits, there are several great reasons to self-pub …
1. Ease of Entry. Traditional publishing is a fickle industry. There are certain genres that aren't touched right now. Certain writing styles that are snubbed. Certain content (vampires for example) that will automatically move a manuscript into the 'no thank you' pile. The bottom line is that thousands of manuscripts try to make their way into the traditional market each year and only a few hundred are accepted. The old-school model was to submit your book to scores of agents and publishers with hopes of garnering one person, somewhere, to say 'yes'. And if you did get the coveted seal of approval from a publisher, how strong was an author's negotiation? Did they have any room to negotiate terms or did they need to simply say ‘thank you’ and take the deal?