The Hard Truths About Self-Publishing

The number of independently published books has exploded in recent years, but do their authors know what to expect?

“Anyone who says it’s easy to self-publish a book is either lying or doing a shitty job.”

— Nan McCarthy

It truly is an amazing time in the world of writing. You can publish an entire book — including an e-book — from beginning to end in a matter of days and the only money you pay is for copies of your book. Best of all, self-publishing is on all you. You are the entire book-creating process — for better and worse — in one single body. If you so choose, you are the author, editor, proofreader, fact-checker, designer, and marketing department. How wonderful!

“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.”

- Helmuth von Moltke

How often does reality resemble the original plan?


“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well.”

- Stephen King

Of course, it shouldn’t be about the money at all. That’s not what writing is about. It’s not a business card. It’s a calling. You write because you’re compelled to write — it’s what you do — and you publish because you know that it’s good enough to be packaged as a book, regardless of how many agents and publishers said no and how many people don’t read your stuff. The financial aspect of it is only a side effect. You’ll still be writing whether the number of people that pick up your book is one or one million. The results don’t change that and they never will.

The Passion of Christopher Pierznik

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