I've been reading about self-publishing a lot. A lot a lot, and the scary thing is that it seems possible?! Argh! I could technically become a self-published author if I wanted to. Do I want to? Here is the research and reasons I've found related to Self-publishing:
- Hearthsire High is published
- Teens and Alice fans can read Heartshire High (as opposed to it sitting in a file on my computer)
- It seems royalties are higher
- More control over the book, editing and design
- Ability to interact easier with readers
- Sales information
- It might be cheaper
- Prestige of being published, published!
- No marketing needed
- Maybe nobody will read it
- It might not appear in book shops to start (or at all)
- It might be more expensive
- Marketing and probably some business stuff to deal with
As you can see my pro list is longer than my con list so therefore I will continue considering it. I sent out 3 queries this week to traditional publishers and so far haven't had any reply - what's wrong with a 'Thank you, we received your manuscript' email.
So maybe I will spend the summer self publishing my book. It would be an invaluable experience learning the publishing process anyway (maybe for my future), so why not? It doesn't even seem that difficult or expensive (I shall borrow $500 from my dad to cover any publishing costs and give him a signed copy as a gift in a few months! I'm sure he'll be thrilled)!
I'm a high school senior who loves to read, write, read about writing, and write about reading. My first novel, Heartshire High, is out now!