Times have changed, haven’t they? And self-publishing has changed the world . . . and the publishing industry right along with it. There are so many reasons why authors, including those who may have previously been traditionally published, are eschewing the old ways and trying something new. February is the perfect month to try it out yourself. Once you learn more about self-publishing, you may even find that you love this option too!
Here are five reasons why publishing in the lead-up and the immediate aftermath of Valentine’s Day might just be precisely what your year needs to kick into gear.
It’s a new year, yes, but it’s also not quite brand-new anymore. This is to say, the hectic holidays are past, and the doldrums of spring are opening up before you. What better time of year to knock out that project you’ve always wanted to? Finishing your book and preparing it for publication takes a lot less time than it used to with the advent of self-publishing. The period between mid-February and Memorial Day is an excellent time to finally complete your manuscript and submit your book for publication . . . just in time for a late-spring or early-summer debut!
Traditional publishing is a slow process. There are the dreaded query letters, the time spent waiting to hear back from agents or editors, and the time spent agonizingly revising your manuscript to meet someone else’s editorial suggestions. If your book does get picked up by a firm, it can take over a year to see your book in print . . . and that’s a best-case scenario! As we’ve indicated, self-publishing is often completed within a few months. Not only does this mean you don’t have to wait to see your book in print, but it also opens even more doors for writing adaptive, timely, and responsive works that touch upon issues still being actively discussed in the public sphere. You can now publish books that are current and in response to readers’ desires!
When a book is traditionally published, its author may have very little control over the manuscript’s fate. Editors and agents decide if a book is print worthy, while a publishing firm decides upon the book’s cover art, layout, and price point . . . all without consulting you, the author. Once you hand over your manuscript to a traditional publishing company to publish, you are essentially giving up all rights and control over the final product. Meanwhile, should you choose to self-publish your book, you remain in charge and decide when your manuscript is ready to be published. The final outcome and product result from your singular vision, not publication by committee!
The quality of print-on-demand (POD) books has come a long way since the inception of self-publishing more than two decades ago. In addition to higher-quality printing methods and a wider variety of formatting options, many self-publishing companies now offer a variety of professional services such as copyediting and cover design. These ensure that your book receives top-notch, red-carpet treatment. There are no barriers to a high-quality product anymore, and your book will positively shine in both digital and print formats.
Traditional publishing is all about making money, and traditional publishing professionals choose to publish “sure thing” bestsellers over unique, specialized works to cover their corporate bottom line and satisfy shareholders. To do so, they need books that appeal to the mass market, but not all authors are targeting the mass market. Self-publishing allows you to write for a niche market . . . and better yet, it will enable you to print, distribute, and market for a niche market, as well! In the world of self-publishing, blockbuster success doesn’t have to come at the price of your book’s individuality, unique voice, and architecture. Everything special and unique which wrapped you up in writing can still be there in its final form . . . and what’s not to love about that?
Yes, February is the month of love, and we hope you take a moment to consider what options might best suit the book you created as a labor of love!