Why I'm No Longer Pursuing Self-Publishing for My Stories

Mar 7, 2019
This is not a pro’s and con’s to traditional vs self-publishing. In this post I list my reasons as to why I’m no longer pursuing self-publication. I’ll put the disclaimer here that I do not shame self-publishing, I’m all for it, but for now, I’ve decided it’s not for me. Who knows, I could always change my mind in the future. I highly encourage other writers who haven’t decided to find out what fits for them. Your experience and needs and reasons to do things will be different from mine. The reasons below are a reflection of mine.

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I’m Broke as Fudge


This was the first reason that made me evaluate why I stopped the traditional publishing routine. I realized that I didn’t have the money to self-publish, especially since I wanted everything to be professional. 

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I’m Done with Fear


One of the reasons that I went to the self-publishing route many years ago was that I was hurt by an agent. I won’t go into specifics but this made me reject the traditional route to the point that I read everything anti-traditional just so I could self-validate myself. In other aspects and areas in my life, I’ve also let fear seize me up and control my life and blind me to what I really want, and honestly, screw that. I’m ready to live without fear holding me back!

I Want My Dream of Seeing My Book in a Book Store


Ever since I first started writing my first book at the young age of fourteen, I dreamed of going into the bookstore and seeing my book on one of those bestselling shelfs where they have the covers visible. Then I’d sneak a signature in the book and laugh at myself as I left the store. 

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I’m Held Accountable


Being on a deadline, having editors expecting your manuscript, an agent who checks in on your progress, a budget by a publisher being put into my book. To me, it’s much more structured and would put my butt into gear. 

My Work is in The Hand of Professionals


This plays into me being broke as well. I want what’s best for my book for my readers. I want a high-end book cover, all the kinds of edits it needs, distribution, etc. These people have gone through lots of training and experience to be where they are. They know the publishing industry, they know the genre they’re publishing, they know how to manage everything, where as I don’t nor have the funds to hire everyone for the job. 

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I Have More Guidance and Support


You have a team for you and your book. And yes, while they are there to make money, most everyone in the publishing industry is passionate about books and authors. They wouldn’t be working their butt off if they didn’t. I have people I can go to with my questions about the publishing process. They understand what it’s like. 

It Gives Me More Time to Write


No longer am I in charge of creating book covers, formatting, distribution, uploading, etc. Yes, I will still have to be active on social media, my website, and email list, etc; but I feel like it will free up a lot of time. 

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There’s Less Stress


With less to do in the sense of actually publishing the book, there’s less stress on me. Yes, I know there will still be stress with meeting manuscript deadlines and such, but there won’t be as much.

I Don’t Want to Market More Than Write


I know, I still have to do marketing. I know that publishers are doing less and less these days, but it is still more than going the other way. They still have PR and publicists. They still share your book on social media themselves. But, I’m not going to be a marketing robot pushing out tweets demanding people to read my books (I know not all self-published authors are like this, but there is a chunk of people like this out there). 

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I’d Like to Go on Book Tours


While I know this is something a self-published author can do, it’s very rare. I’d love to go on my own tours and go on ones with other authors in the same genre as me. 

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I Want to Go Through the Query Process (and get those rejection letters)


Okay, let me explain. I’m that weirdo that wants to see failure and rejection as a form of getting one step closer, of proving them wrong (even though most rejections are just because the book doesn’t fit with them). I want to be apart of this process, as much as it is a pain. 

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I Want That Higher Chance of Getting on NYT Bestseller List & for Awards


From what I’ve gathered, self-published books don’t or rarely ever make it to the New York Times Bestseller list. Also for awards, most never consider self-published books. Now, from what I’ve research could be wrong here, so don’t sue me over it please. 

There’s More Industry Opportunities


While for some, self-published authors can attend, they’re normally at a small time in the sidelines, all alone. I’d much rather be at the bigger stands the publisher I’m published with represents. 

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I Want That Gate Keeper


I want someone to tell me if my book sucks. I want someone to tell me if maybe the market trends aren’t there yet for my books. I don’t want to run on false hope. I want to know the truth, even if it hurts. 

It Seems More Real, To Me


Again, this has to do with the structure. This is totally on me and how my brain works. But for me, it seems more like a real job. (Please don’t panic, I know that being an author no matter how it’s published is a real job). I’m weird like that. Plus I’m one of those people who’d love the title of being published with one of the big six. 

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I Don’t Want Instant Validation Anymore


Another reason I went down the self-publishing route was because I wanted things now. I wanted that instant validation of seeing my book out in the world. And that leads into the next point...

I Need to Learn Patience


Pretty self-explanatory. 

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I Don’t Want My Book Lost in the Mess


There’s SO much more books being self-published, and most are terrible quality. They just write something and click send (yes, I know that’s not for every author). I want my book to stand out because it is traditionally published. 

"BUT RACHEL", you say…


“What about losing rights?”


In the end, the book will still be written by me. Some contracts have time limits. The book will still be copyrighted by me. But, like I said, it will still say it’s by me and that’s all that really matters. 

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“What about losing creative control?”


This one is a hard pill to swallow for me. But I’d want to be with a publisher that has a good reputation and I can trust their judgment. 

“What about royalty rates?”


Okay, say you become a self-published author and are making 70% every time someone purchases your ebook for $2.99 (let’s face it, it is so hard to sell your book at traditional rates). But, your efforts fall short and you only sell a few copies. Not much money. BUT what if you made an advance for say, $5k with a traditional publisher, and because of the exposure, met that? I think there’s a much higher chance of making more money starting out as a traditionally published author than a newbie self-published author. You have to put so much money into it, with luck as a leading point, and put out more books and more to possibly gain traction. My point is, royalty smoyalty rates. It doesn’t really matter either way to me.

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So, what do you think of my reasons? Please give your answer in the comment section below so we can have a chat!

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