Recently, more writers than ever have been choosing to self-publish their novels and memoirs. Dramatic changes in the publishing industry have allowed self-publishing to overcome its former stigma and become one of the most popular ways for authors to achieve their writing goals. But before you choose this path, it’s important to make sure that self-publishing is the right choice for your book. This quick quiz from Self-Publishing Relief will help you find the answer!
Your book is a:
a) Chapbook or poetry collection
b) Short story or essay collection
c) Conventional novel or memoir
You’d describe the genre of your book as:
a) A niche genre with a very specific audience
b) Not typical, but with crossover appeal
c) Fairly mainstream, with mass appeal
Your book’s word count is:
a) Much longer or shorter than average
b) Slightly shorter or longer than average, but not by much
c) Right around the average length for the genre
When you think about handing control of your book’s formatting and design over to someone else, you:
a) Shudder at the thought! You know exactly how you want your book to look
b) Would prefer to maintain some control, although you welcome input
c) Don’t mind leaving decisions up to someone else
For pricing your book (and determining royalties), you would prefer:
a) To set your own price and know that the money is coming directly to you
b) To have some control over your pricing, but also consider advice from others
c) To let someone else figure out the pricing and royalties
Your target market is:
a) A very small, limited audience
b) Fans of a specific genre
If you chose:
Self-publishing is definitely the way to go! Your book may not have the mainstream appeal that agents are looking for. Choosing to self-publish will allow you to target and appeal to a niche group of readers and give you control over the look and design of your book. But self-publishing doesn’t have to be a “do it yourself” job—the experts at Self-Publishing Relief can help you navigate every step of the process!
While you may have success going with a traditional publishing house, agent, or small press, you might also want to consider self-publishing if your query responses start to get stagnant. Self-publishing will also give you more control over important decisions about your book’s cover and ensure that all royalties are paid directly to you. While self-publishing can be demanding, many writers find that the freedom is well worth the effort!
Your book is more likely to appeal to literary agents and publishers, so you may have some success if you try going the traditional publishing route! Of course, many writers choose to self-publish even if their books have mainstream appeal, simply because they prefer to retain all the rights to their work. Nowadays, more writers want to have a say in every aspect of their books’ publication, instead of deferring to the publishing house’s decisions. Self-publishing might still be right for you yet!
QUESTION: How did you, or will you, decide if self-publishing was right for you?