Self publishing has been around since 1998 but didn’t really take off until 2012. Source
In 2009 I wrote my novel and started querying literary agents and publishers in 2010. I spent , a decade tweaking my manuscript, pitch, letter, and synopsis trying to get picked.
Traditional publishing felt safe. The experts knew what they were doing and for everything for you. You get a professional cover design, formatting taken care of, and marketing. It also felt important to have the validation of an industry expert.
At the start, self publishing was very new.
In 2019, I joined World Indie Warriors and they changed my mindset.
First, being around such amazing creatives was inspirational. I realised I didn’t need anyone to validate me as a writer, I am enough. Also, the members share their experiences and support each other to achieve their dreams. Soon indie publishing wasn’t the unknown, it was a viable option.
I will be responsible for my own costs but now I believe in myself I know I am worth the investment. I can choose the editor I want to work with. I get to choose my cover. And, most traditional authors have to do most their own marketing these days. And, it turns out I love talking about books and writing. I can’t wait to connect with my readers and wouldn’t want anyone doing that for me.
I decided to ask the members of World Indie Warriors to share the reason they choose to self publish.
Traditional publishing is amazing but it’s not for everyone. Indie publishing enables serious writers to become authors on their own terms. It is a lot of work but incredibly rewarding.