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FAQ - Why Self-Publish

 

What are the reasons I should self-publish?

There are many good reasons to self-publish your book. Here are six reasons why self-publishing may be perfect for you.

  • Time
    Traditional publishing takes too long; most traditional publishers work on an 18-month production cycle. Choose to self-publish and your book could be ready for the market within three months.
  • Your book-the way you want it
    A book is a reflection of the author. Self-publishing gives you complete control on the direction of your book. The decisions are exclusively yours and not limited by third parties with intentions and interests different from your own.
  • Retain all rights
    As a self-publisher, you own all rights to your book. If you use a traditional publishing house, they will own all rights. If they lose interest in your book, you will not be able to print additional copies unless you purchase those rights back.
  • Testing the market
    Because your book may fill a niche that has not been met, you can test the market by self-publishing. Find out how well your book will sell, and how successful it will be.
  • A limited market
    Your book may appeal to a limited market and, therefore, may not be of interest to a large publishing house.
  • Legacy
    Each of us has a unique life story to tell, complete with ordinary incidents, moments of brilliance, tragedy and humour. Your book is an expression of yourself and a great legacy to leave behind.

If I self-publish, do I still have a chance of getting a contract with a major publisher?

Yes, of course. In fact, many large traditional publishing houses now scour the shelves and the Internet for self-published books that could fit their publishing program.

Who are some well-known authors who have self-published?

Many amazing authors have chosen to self-publish at some time in their careers: Rudyard Kipling, Ernest Hemingway, Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Carl Sandburg, James Redfield, Mark Twain and Walt Whitman, just to name a few.

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