I’ve never been much of a capitalist. I truly don’t associate writing books with making money and am not interested in “making it big” as my end goal. As I blogged earlier this week (What I love most about self-publishing), I’m into the idea of being part of the fantasy fiction realm and making readers happy. I also am motivated by the magic of words and scenes coming together. I’d say the worst part of publishing my own work is that it’s hard to reach a lot of readers that I know would enjoy my books, to make my reader base aware of them. But I’m working on it. 🙂
Another downside is I find it much easier to write a whole book than crafting marketing blurbs. A publishing house might provide the back cover summary. Some people have a flare for that. I don’t.
Finally, I could mention naysayers who cast doubt on, even belittle, indie-authors (discussed in What I love most about self-publishing). But I want to meet this challenge by both growing a thick skin and being able to respond easily. As our world is flooded by a vast sea of reading material, there’s a debate that needs to be articulated – indie vs. traditional. Large publishers promote what will sell, bottom line. This can be a cultural theft, as we miss out on marginal voices and unseen talent.
I’ll continue to explore this topic!
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Clear, honest and thought-provoking, Marie. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on self-publishing in this and your prior post. 🙂
There’s a theory that the best self-promotion is to just write your next book and eventually you’ll hit a critical mass of books that draws in more attention – like how a fisherman increases his chances of catching a fish the more hooks he has in the water. Not totally sure it is true but it couldn’t hurt to try.
I hope that’s true. I have just been pushing on. My third book is almost on the shelves and it does seem appealing to have a completed trilogy out to talk about. I’ve started a new series, too; this one is fantasy sci fi.
I just heard the phrase “visibility challenge” referring to what authors face. That’s a good one.