Why Self-Publish? … The Main Reason I Chose It & Why You May Want to As Well

Why self-publish? That’s a question that I got asked frequently when I blogged about my journey of publishing 50 ebooks to Amazon in one year. Yeah, it was a helluva busy year — one that I look back on with pride … and a bit of “Were you friggin’ out of your mind!”

But there are benefits to self-publishing that go beyond money; following is the main one for me.

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Why I Self-Publish … Beyond the Money

The number one reason I started self-publishing was — and still is — all about income security. I’ve been a freelance writer since 1993; full-time since 1997. So, I’ve been through all the ups and downs that come with this career choice — many times.

But you know what? The idea of the starving and/or constantly cash-strapped freelance writer has never appealed to me. Hence, I’ve done everything in my power to make sure that it never becomes my reality.

So when I was asked by blogger Katie Lewis to contribute to a post about why I chose to self-publish for her blog, I was more than happy to share; mainly because I want writers to know that you can control your own destiny– beautifully, especially these days. Prime example?

In a bit of publishing irony, in 2016, I got a book deal from a traditional (trade) publisher. A big part of the reason that contract was offered to me was because I’d been such a prolific self-publisher (I’ve self-published almost 100 ebooks).

See how good things can happen when you take control?!

Self-Publishing Can Make You Rich!

As my very limited success illustrates, writing for a living doesn’t have to relegate you to the “forever struggling” creative professional.A very lucrative niche in self-publishing? Romance writing. Click to learn how to make money self-publishing romance.

In fact, you can become wealthy self-publishing books. It’s not a pie-in-the-sky dream, as the following self-publishing success stories highlight.

Even if you never achieve the kind of success these authors have, you don’t really need to to make a good living self-publishing.

I’ve never achieved anywhere near this kind of success, but the bulk of my earnings these days come from my self-published ebooks (and ecourses).

How Do You Define Self-Publishing Success?

If I never land another freelance writing client, I can fully support myself from my writing and self-publishing efforts.

And that’s a nice feeling because one of the most beautiful parts of self-publishing is that you get to set the bar; you decide what success looks like for you — and for most of us, it doesn’t mean having to sell a million books.

Most of us just want to earn enough to quit a job we may hate, pay the bills, afford healthcare and put some in savings — in short, we want it to be our full-time job. And that is sooooo possible. I’m living proof!

6 Questions for 3 Writers Who Chose Self-Publishing

Two other self-publishers and I answered the following questions for blogger Katie.

  1. How did you make the decision to self-publish instead of going the traditional publishing route?
  2. How does your editing process look prior to self-publishing? (For example, do you edit your draft 55 times before hiring an outside editor?)
  3. What are the pluses and minuses of not having a literary agent?
  4. What can you tell me about the work involved in the publication process that writers considering self-publishing might not anticipate (like formatting and cover art)?
  5. What should other writers know about self-publishing?
  6. How would you break down the percentages of your work life (for example: 25% writing my books, 35% freelance writing for other publications and 40% marketing myself).

You can read the post which contains our answers here. I hope you find it enlightening.

One month, I earned almost $3,200 self-publishing short romance novels. Click To Tweet

4 Ways I Make Money Writing … and You Can Too

Over and beyond self-publishing my own line of fiction (romance novellas) and non-fiction books, I still take on occasional projects from freelance writing clients.

I also do affiliate marketing via this blog (monetizing it with affiliate products), and I develop and teach online courses.

I’m all about writing income diversification so that if one stream dips, then I have others to pick up the slack. Now, it’s not the easiest way to make money — just being honest about that.

At any given time, I have fifty-leven things going on, as we say in the south. But, you know what I love about it? They’re all within my control. For me, that means peace of mind.

One of My Most Lucrative Forms of Writing

Without a doubt, self-publishing romance novellas. One month, I earned almost $3,200 — and this was only a year and a half after I started this form of writing (in 2013). So not only is it a fun way to make money writing, it can be very profitable too.

Make Money Writing Romance: Free Ecourse

In Inkwell Editorial’s latest ecourse, I detail exactly how I found success self-publishing short romance novels.

Free Romance Writing Course / Paid Romance Writing Course

The full version of the course will be available for enrollment on November 15th. Right now, the discounted price is almost half ($147) of what the full price is going to be when the course goes live ($297). This discount expires on 10/28; on 10/29, the price increases to $197.

Here’s hoping to see you “in class!”


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