Many authors spend incredible amounts of time and energy looking for the perfect literary agent. And if you’re receiving rejection after rejection, you’re not alone. But in the digital age, your options are exploding—and there are more and more advantages to self-publishing.
1. Self-publishing eliminates the barriers between you and your audience. Even once you’ve landed an agent, your journey is only just beginning—and there’s no guarantee your book will ever see print. Self-publishing means you decide when, where, and how audiences can access your book, and it all happens on your terms.
2. Ebook devices put your book directly in the hands of readers. Kindles, Nooks, and iPads give you a means to put your work directly in the hands of your readers through major online retailers like Amazon. When readers search for books, they’ll see your title right next to traditionally published books.
3. Time is money. Even if you do find an agent, it can take months or years for your agent to sell your book. And even if your agent does sell your book to a traditional publisher, it will still take at least another year before your book is on shelves. In the same amount of time, you can write and self-publish multiple titles—meaning your work will be earning you money as soon as it’s online.
4. Self-publishing creates a higher ROI. The initial costs of self-publishing are high, but once your book is published, the profits are yours. While traditional publishing requires no investment on your part, you’ll split your advance (if you get one!) with your agent, and your publisher will take the bulk of the profit from your work.
5. Resources for self-publishing authors are abundant. The work involved in producing and designing your book and readying it for online publication might seem daunting at first, but there’s a bevy of experts who can help you through the process and ensure your product is in tip-top shape. Professional editors and book developers can guarantee you a book that will be as good—if not better—as if you’d published with one of the Big Six.
Publishing doesn’t have to mean toiling in obscurity for years—or decades. A changing world means changing options, and self-publishing just might be the best choice you’ll make for your writing career.