Why Aren't More ABCtalers Self-Publishing?
There are some phenomenal writers on ABCtales who really should be self-publishing in Indie format, and a recent post has encouraged me to start a separate thread on this.
Publishing is easy and costs nothing. The only thing you pay for is the cover, and if you know where to go that hardly costs anything. I'm sure fellow self-published Indie authors will agree that the first book is the hardest (actually setting up the payment details is possibly the toughest). However all in all, if you're ready to go, it takesa couple of hours tops. I can publish a new book in 15 minutes and it'll be live on Amazon in 4 hours.
But then the hard work starts. Promoting your book. I spend at least an hour a night promoting my books, and it's quite a steep learning curve. Twitter, for instance, is vital for networking and whilst many authors claim to sell a lot of books I didn't find it so myself. I've got 13,600 followers, and getting to meet fellow authors has been essential, but I honestly don't believe Twitter helps in book sales.
I'm getting ready to publish my 6th book before Christmas, and I can tell you that the whole experience of self-publishing and working with a number of 'Author Helping Author' groups has helped me define who I am as a writer. I now use the word Humourist as opposed to Comedy Writer, and I've made connections with other authors who write in a similar vein to my own, and the 'humourous rants' genre is now becoming respected on its own merit.
I do have to stress, however (to those just considering embarkng on this path), the amount of hard work that goes into promotions. Writing the book is easy in comparison. Really! And you can't do it on your own. The Jews have helped each other down the centuries. The Freemasons assist each other in business. The Knights Templar take vows to that affect. And, of course, BNI (Business Network International) is built on this foundation. So why shouldn't authors help fellow authors?
There are fellow ABCtalers who are also members of the same groups that I belong to, but I'd never tell you their names out of respect for them and the groups we belong to. Now that might seem a bit cloak 'n' dagger, but you wouldn't believe the number of people out there who have issues with Indie authors and try and cause as much trouble as possible. Honestly! You end up trying to promote your book while at the same time keeping a low profile!
If you're in a band and you hire a studio and run off a track, or even create a CD to sell at your gigs everyone blows smoke up your arse and says, "Well done, you're being proactive." If you're a writer and you're doing the very same thing (i.e. publish your writing), you're only doing it out of vanity. Strange how the perspective changes with the point of view!
Last year 391,000 authors self-published, and there'll be more this year. I fail to see why more of ABCtales better writers aren't doing the same.