You Should Self-Publish

Many writers understand the struggle of getting published. I have attempted to publish my short stories in many literary magazines, but have received more rejection letters than I would care to admit. I used to fear that I would never get published. The rise of self-publishing gives me hope, even if some still view it negatively. Indie authors like Joanna Penn have stated that you define your own success. All successes begin with small victories, and indie publishing can help all aspiring authors to get their foot in the door.

All writers should attempt self-publishing.

One ounce of independence goes a long way. People who have self-published their writing understand the difficulties of creating a finished product. The moment that writing has become public is both nerve wracking and satisfying. It means the product is completed, and people are reading it. Now we wait.

This is the moment we define our success. Joanna Penn writes in her article “Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing,” that indie authors often feel empowered. They have complete creative control over their writing and finished product. This feeling of empowerment is compared to those who have been beat up by traditional publishing. Traditional publishing is a long and grueling process. They decide what needs to be fixed, and how the final product will look. These changes can warp the original writing that was painstakingly created. Any changes publishers make to the work feels like a punch to the gut. It wasn’t good enough, and the writer no longer feels empowered.

Success can be defined as creative control. Indie publishing allows complete control of the writing and publishing process. Why not have your first published piece be everything you wanted it to be? Autonomy is linked to happiness. A self-driven project is just what a writer needs to maintain inspiration and momentum.

Don’t let someone else control your writing. Every great piece of writing I have completed was only great because it was entirely mine. Completing a short story and sharing it with my peers is always an exciting feeling. All works I submit I consider publishing worthy. That doesn’t mean the publisher thinks it’s right for them. Every literary magazine or publisher judges your writing based on their own criteria. Creativity is diverse, and your work won’t fit into every box.

Indie publishing is a great way to start a writing career. There is still a minor negative stigma surrounding self-publishing. Despite this, a self-published book shows the ability to work hard. It explicates dedication. A great benefit of indie publishing is fast publishing. The profit is immediate, and if you are successful it will be bountiful.

Everyone should attempt to self-publish. It not only gives you experience in the publishing industry, but it gives the satisfaction of creative control. The entire work is yours, from beginning to end. If you find that self-publishing isn’t the field for you, try your luck with traditional publishing.

Thank you for reading! Please comment and share your experience with self-publishing.

Penn, Joanna (2016). The Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing vs Self-Publising. Creative Penn. Retrived from http://www.thecreativepenn.com/self-publishing-vs-traditional/

Salmansohn, Karen (2011). The №1 Contributor to Happiness. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/bouncing-back/201106/the-no-1-contributor-happiness

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