Fam, before I get into it, let me first admit — I laughed a little when I wrote the title for this blog post.
Yes, I do believe that independent publishing is the most empowering, long-term economical viable option for authors.
But what I didn’t know was that “according to a recent survey (as reported by The New York Times, ) 81 percent of people feel that they have a book in them…and should write it.”
Now, for our mathematicians out there, that represents over 200 million people in the U.S. who want to write a book in their lifetime.
Notice I said write a book, not self publish one.
Why do I make the distinction? Because independent publishing a book is hellified hard work!
It ain’t sexy or profitable (especially in the beginning) and let’s face it, for most of us, it’s not our first choice…
I, not unlike most of you, always dreamed of being published — a six digit royalty advance, whirlwind International book tour and a spot on Oprah’s Book Club couch. Doing it all on my own and self publishing my first novel, Address: House of Corrections? Not so much. LOL!
But once I decided to take my career into my own hands and independently bring my story to market, I knew it was the smartest decision I had ever made.
So that brings me back to the title of my post – Smart Authors Self Publish. No truer statement could I ever write. And though, it’s not for the faint of heart, all of your hard work – if you plan and labor smart for the long haul – it will pay off in the end.