Yes, we are celebrating Ali Cross this month. Don’t forget to enter for a free e-book of BECOME as well as a chance to win some swag! Leave a comment here. Not here. I will announce winners tomorrow!
Today we have an interview with Ali about self-publishing. You might think that I am shamelessly using my blog to promote my friend. Yes, I am. But I also believe in Ali and her work. Not only is she a fiercely talented writer, she is a remarkable person and I think we can all learn something from her. Also, I find self-publishing to be increasingly fascinating.
I see 4 reasons to self-publish:
1. You only want to publish a book so you can have a keepsake and share it with your friends and family. You don’t really care about readership or making writing a career.
2. You want to be your own boss. You enjoy being an entrepeneur and taking charge of all the details of your book from editing to design to sales and marketing and the endless lists between. It’s a rush!
3. You don’t have the patience for traditional publishing. And yes, it takes a fair amount. A boatload, actually. Plan on ten years from the time you’ve decided you want to be a writer to the day your book comes out in print (with lots of frustration and rejections during that time.) That’s a pretty fair estimate. It will be about nine years for me by the time my book comes out. If you can’t come to terms with that, then maybe self-publishing is the road for you.
4. And lastly, a reason which could be mixed with any of the above, you just want your book to have a chance. Maybe you’ve tried to go the traditional route to no avail, but you still believe there is a market for your book and want to share it with others.
I have serious respect for those who self publish. It’s a huge undertaking, one which requires skill and confidence. For myself it’s not something I’ve considered, because I have neither the skills nor the confidence self-publishing requires. For me it was get a publisher or let the writing die.
Writing a book itself is an enormous amount of work, and though I know I’ll have to do a lot of work outside my writing to promote my books, there is so much that goes into publishing, more than most people ever consider. And a lot of self-publishing is just having the confidence to go at it alone. You face some roadblocks that traditionally published authors don’t, including the skeptical attitude that many people have when it comes to self-publishing. Your readership is automatically limited. I don’t have that confidence. I really wanted to be a part of a team of professionals who know books, people who could help me succeed, who believe in me and are willing to spend time and money to promote my work. I don’t think I have what it takes to do it all on my own.
But Ali Cross does. She’s got the skills, confidence, and guts to go at it on her own, and she has graciously agreed to answer a few questions about her journey. So welcome Ali!
1. Why did you decide to self-publish?
2. What value do you think you gained from your experience of trying to go the traditional route?
3. What do you think are the pros and cons of going this route?
4. What advice do you have for writers who are thinking about e-publishing?
5. Is there ever a case where you would tell someone NOT to self-publish?
So there you have it! There’s not right path for everyone in this business, and sometimes it’s just a matter of figuring out what you have in your tool belt, where you want your writing to go, and what it is you really want with your publishing experience.