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First things first: What are the advantages in publishing your own book as opposed to having someone else do it for you?
· You get to make your book exactly how you want it to be
· You can totally control the content you publish, so you’re never associated with another book that doesn’t align with your principles
· You can print in small runs so you can test products out
· You get a higher percentage of the profit
· The term “self-publishing” has the connotation of an unprofessional product, produced by an inexperienced author, so becoming an official publisher is much more respectable (though I still surprise people with the quality of my products)
· You quickly become very knowledgeable about book crafting and production, aiding you in being more effective with your work
· Your fan community is way more connected because they started small and close-knit at the beginning and they typically grow more organically.
· You don't have to wait for a publisher to pick you out of the sea of submissions
· Coming to a publisher, grant application, loan application, etc. with proof that you can and will finish books that look professional all on your own, looks really good.
· It’s a fun challenge!
Publishing your own book is really fun and I have personally learned a lot from doing so. There are many pitfalls though.
Tomorrow's topic: Reasons why you shouldn't publish your own books
Until then, are there any topics you'd like to cover? Questions about publishing you want answered? Let me know in the comments!