Self-publishing is just one of the options that potential authors have to get their intellectual property – their books – out there in the market. Self-published, as the name indicates, is publishing the book on your own. Self publishing means being in charge from writing to proofreading to printing to marketing as well as paying for the entire process out of your very own pocket.
Since you will be paying for the publication of your book on your own, carefully considering your choices is a given. It is especially imperative to debunk those myths that may be keeping you away from self-publishing your books. Here are those common self-publishing myths every author should know about.
#1. Self-publishing is low-quality production.
Oftentimes, authors stay away from the option of self-publishing simply because they tend to think that it produces low-quality books. This is due to the fact that there are authors who self-published their books in the past without the help of professional illustrators, and proofreaders.
#2. Self-publishing is only for authors with no talent.
Most people think that self-publishing is the only option for those authors who don’t really have the talent in writing. In fact, people look down on self-publishing because they tend to think that commercial publishers rejected these authors’ manuscripts due to the lack of “star” quality. If that’s really the case, would you say that Stephen King, who self-published People, Places and Things in 1960, is a talent-less author then?
#3. Self-publishing requires you to do everything yourself.
Book publishing is a process that involves more than just writing the content of the book. It also includes drawing the inside-the-book illustrations and book covers, typesetting and proofreading. There’s also the printing and marketing process. If you think about it, the process of book publishing can be overwhelming for an individual. But why do everything yourself? You can hire Legaia Books publishing professionals to do the work for you.
#4. Self-publishing makes little to no money.
The term “royalties” sounds impressive, right? This term basically refers to the percentage of the profit that the author gets for every single copy sold when traditionally publishing a manuscript. Depending on the publisher as well as the potential of the book, an author can get 20%, 30%, or 40%. But if you think about it, why would you want to share the profit for your hard work? With self-publishing, you get to enjoy 100% of the profits – no sharing!
#5. Self-publishing doesn’t make you a real author.
Is the measure of being an author only in getting traditionally published? Definitely not! It takes two things to make an individual an ‘author‘. One, writing the manuscript. Two, getting it published. It doesn’t matter if you self-publish or publish traditionally. As long as you fulfill the two conditions, you have all the right to call yourself an author.
Self-publishing won’t exist as an option for authors if it doesn’t provide benefits. If you weigh the pros and cons between self-publishing and traditionally publishing your manuscripts, you will find self-publishing more appealing. When self-publishing your books, Legaia Books can advise you on what to do. Call us today at 1 (844) 692-2665 to talk to our publishing consultants.Tags: author tips, publishing, self-publishing