Wrapping Up the Debate — 3 Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing

An insiders thoughts on the self-publishing process

Sandi Parsons
Inspired Writer

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Write a book, secure a publishing contract, and watch the dough roll in.

It seems simple, but you’re competing with thousands of other books. You can put in all the hard work, but still need a healthy dose of luck to land a publishing contract. You need the right manuscript in the hands of the right person at the right time. There are countless stories of bestsellers that were initially rejected until they landed on the right desk.

Is self-publishing a viable alternative to playing the numbers game with traditional publishers?

I didn’t know the answer to that question, but once I decided to self-publish Pepsi the Problem Puppy, it was too late to second guess myself.

Here’s what I learned.

Creative Vision Wizardry vs. The Many Hats of Responsibility

I had the heady power to do EVERYTHING my way.

Illustrations can make or break a chapter book, and I wanted the best. As a school librarian, I’ve seen a lot of illustration styles, and I knew what I wanted. The ability to draw a dog well was number one. Second was an illustrator willing to style…

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Sandi Parsons
Inspired Writer

Sandi Parsons lives & breathes stories as a reader, writer, and storyteller📚 Kidlit specialist, dipping her toes in the big kid’s pool.