As I mentioned a few days ago on Twitter, I’ve decided to try self publishing as well as continuing with MuseItup, my wonderful publisher. First off, I’m not doing this because Muse is unsatisfactory, (they’re lovely to work with) instead I’m doing this as a way to start building a fan base.
With self publishing, an author has a lot more freedom when it comes to choosing a selling price, selecting cover art, picking a publication date and so on. The ability to manipulate the cover price was perhaps one of the most influential factors in my decision to self publish my novel Stone’s Kiss. I can experiment with different prices to see what sells best. As this is book one in a series, I’m not so much interested in making money as I am interested in selling a great number of copies. In other words, I want to get my ebooks into as many different hands (devices) as I can.
Yes, some will argue that promotion is the key to selling, and it is. But as a reader, if I’m trying a new author for the first time, I’m a lot more likely to give them a go if their book is in the 2.99 range vs. upwards of $10. If I can buy an ebook for what I would normally pay for a paperback—I ain’t buying. Unless, I know the author and really, really, really love their work.
Another plus for self publishing is if your title is actually selling, you get a larger percent of the royalties than you would with a publisher. Yep, I know—good luck with that. LOL.
There’s a down side. Isn’t there always?
You have to do everything yourself. And, oh boy, is there ever a lot of stuff to do. I’ll talk more about that it upcoming posts. One thing I learned was to appreciate how much work publishers actually do. Wow. They earn their money.