Is Self Publishing Really Worth It?

It’s finally starting to feel like fall here in Texas. The heat is something that I’ve never gotten used to while we’ve lived here, and the cooler weather is beyond welcome. I always find it easier to work when the weather is cloudy and cold. Probably because I enjoying wrapping myself in blankets while I work.

The change in the weather spurred me into action in finding out more information about self publishing, and whether it is really what I think will benefit me the most. In the past week I have learned a bit about self publishing, and what it is to be a writer in the post-graduate world I find myself in.

One of the main things I found out about self publishing is that it is a rather big gamble with your own money. Everything from the editor to the cover picture needs to be paid for by you, which does allow you to be more specific in keeping with your vision, but it also means that the upfront cost of getting something published is rather pricey. I found several websites that would direct you to reputable people in each field that you need to get your book off the ground. Although, the nice thing about self publishing is that you could publish your book without any of these services, but the chances of it seeing any success are slim.

So, freedom of expression is a significant pro of the self publishing track, and with kindle and e-readers so popular these days, there is a market for self published works to make a name for themselves.

If you’re willing to take the risk, and if you are dedicated to overseeing each and every aspect of your work, then self publishing might work for you, but I had to think about what I wanted.

As I said in my previous post, I do want to try and get something published by a house, but I don’t have that much work at the moment, so I emailed some advisors and friends who are have found success in their years as writers. I don’t want to say that self publishing was a last ditch effort for me, but I did feel as though I wanted to go the more traditional route.

So, am I still on the fence? Yes, but my gut tells me that I need to try and get something published by a journal. And it was certainly a surprise to me to learn that novel excerpts are rarely accepted. Looks like I’ll be brushing off some of the short stories I have to see if they can be improved to the point where I can send them out.

It’ll take some work because all of those stories have been shelved since before I started my degree, and I know they will need a serious overhaul. Still, it gives me something to strive for, and for me that’s a large part of the battle right there.


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