Self-publishing has been a game changer in what was once an exclusive industry. Authors need not wait to be discovered for their knack for writing nor be given a rejection slip and suffer a bruised ego.
Many self-published authors have expressed their support for the increasingly popular non-traditional publishing means. In her Huffington Post blog article, Mandy Jackson-Beverly, author of “A Secret Muse,” shared why her co-self-published authors have decided to take the self-publishing path.
Historical fiction and fantasy author Prue Batten
“In respect of self-publishing, it is that visionary, exciting, forward-thinking move that has enabled good independent writers to prove beyond measure that they haven’t needed the tick of approval from the mainstream system to make their mark. Quite simply, they have something credible, entertaining and marketable and which has resulted in legions of readers who wait impatiently for the next book from those writers. Being independent enables the writer to explore the far-flung corners of subject matter, niche stories that step far outside the square, but that are cloaked in exactly the professionalism and more, that one has grown to expect from the traditional publishing world.”
Romantic historical and erotic romance novelist Siobhan Daiko
“Becoming an indie author was the best choice for me. I love being in control of my publishing business, for that’s what it is. I’ve always been highly independent, for example, as a teacher I loved being in control in the classroom. I’m naturally bossy ☺. With the business of self-publishing, there’s a lot to learn, but I’m enjoying the ride …”
Simon James Atkinson Turney
“… I guess the big thing is that with self-publishing there is a vast array of choice. Some authors go it completely alone, doing all their own editing and cover work, producing their own book with the minimum of outside help. Most, if I’m honest, of those turn out to be horribly unprofessional, and yet here and there I find a gem, which only goes to show you cannot set a hard and fast rule. Similarly, some indie writers employ a full team, right down to a blog tour coordinator, which often produces great stuff, but sometimes even then there is a dud. No matter how much you polish a turd, etc… And then there are the vast bulk of us who fall somewhere in between who want to produce an experience for the reader that they consider worth the money they paid, but which does not suck away so much of the profits that the writer spends all the time … I like the control self-publishing gives me, but then, having never experienced the other route, who can say?”
Ann Swinfen, author of “The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez”
“My first three novels were traditionally published by Random House, but after my original literary agent retired and my new agent lost interest in historical fiction (“no one reads historical fiction” according to her), I turned my back on the traditional route and became an independent author-publisher. I have set up my own imprint name, Shakenoak Press, and reissued my backlist early in 2014. In addition, in the last 20 months or so I have published nine more books (several already written), all historical fiction. Their success has proved just how wrong my ex-agent was.
These facts alone bear witness to one reason I am so pleased to be independent. I can publish whatever I choose, whenever I choose, in both physical and eBook form. Had I remained in conventional publishing I would have been restricted to (probably) no more than two books a year. Now I manage everything. I make all the decisions, from cover design to layout to pricing to publication date.”