Animation by Kayelle Allen at The Author's Secret
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Taking back your rights: To Self-Publish or Not?
At the time I knew nothing about publishing, even less about self-publishing, but you learn a lot very quickly in this industry. I was thrilled when my first novel was picked up by a newly formed online publishing press Inspired Romance (which is now more prolific as Prism Book Group), indeed winning its inaugural grand writing prize. By that time I already had my second book ready and, at an online publishers' event, decided to be adventurous and approach a different press. This book was also accepted, but in the many months it took to appear, I'd surprised myself and managed to produce two more novels in fairly quick succession and decided to take the bold step into self-publishing.
Without a doubt, it was one of the most exciting things I've ever done. I loved the challenge and autonomy self-publishing offered and joined many online author groups who provided friendship, enormous support and unstintingly generous advice about their own experiences, pitfalls and learning curves.
But the reputation and landscape of self-publishing has changed hugely in the past few years and now the dilemma of whether to self-publish or not has returned. For as many self-published authors who are now seeking so-called traditional publishing (I use this descriptor because traditional publishing has also changed quite radically in recent years), I know just as many who have sought or are requesting their copyrights back from their publishers in order to 'go it alone'.
I hope you'll join us.