I’ve always wanted to be a writer. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been writing stories and poems. As I got older, these stories were no longer silly things to pass the time. Now, they were actual stories with plot and characterization. They were something I wanted to share with the world.
For years, I went back and forth about publishing. It’s scary to put yourself out there in such a vulnerable position. I wasn’t sure I was tough enough. Eventually, I decided I had nothing to lose with sharing my stories. Here’s why I chose to self-publish my novels.
No More Rejection
I’ve said before that getting rejected from publishers was a great experience. It made me re-evaluate my work. More importantly, it helped me identify areas of weakness.
While it was a helpful experience, it was still frustrating. It got to the point where I was spending so much time editing my manuscript with the hopes that someone somewhere would pick it up that I felt like I strayed away from what I had originally written.
This obviously isn’t a stab at editors. They’re doing their job and they know what sells. I just found that taking the traditional publishing route wasn’t for me at that time.
I just liked the idea of publishing the story how I intended it to be. That’s why I cut out the publisher and one reason why I decided to do it myself.
On top of publishing my novels how I wanted, I had the creative freedom to have them look exactly how I envisioned them. I chose the size, font, and—my favorite part—the cover.
I’ve played around with graphic design for a few years now. While I’m far from an expert, I love creating covers and prints. Making the covers for my books was almost as much fun as writing the novel.
I Self Publish for Myself
This is the most important point, in my opinion. I love writing. It’s my escape. With my active imagination, I find listening to a song or eavesdropping on a conversation can give me the inspiration needed to write a story synopsis or character bio.
While this is great 99% of the time for creative individuals like myself, it can quickly get chaotic in my head. If I don’t write these plots down, my brain gets too stuffy and I can’t think about anything other than these stories.
Self-publishing is not only a way for me to unclutter my brain, but it’s a way for me to look back at my accomplishments in a clear way that’s not written on scraps of paper here and there.
While I’m not opposed to being a full-time author, I’m not publishing to become rich and famous. I’m doing it because I enjoy it. I like the thought of creating a legacy for myself along the way, too. How cool would it be if I one day had kids and grandkids and they can look back at my stories and see what was going on in my head when I was in my 20s, 30s, or however old I am? To me, that’s the main reason I chose to self-publish.
The Ups & Downs of Self Publishing
Taking the self-publishing route isn’t for everyone. Some days, it seems like it has nearly as many cons as it does pros, but I continue to self-publish because of my love for storytelling. With three novels beyond the first draft phase right now and four other novels in the pre-planning stage, I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon!