You’re interested in self publishing. You know that authors are making more money from self publishing than they can make at traditional publishing. You’re wondering what it takes — and whether you can do it.
Some insights from a master, Russell Blake, who’s clocked up 38 months of successful indie publishing:
4) If you believe you can do it, you’re right. 5) If you believe you can’t, you’re right. Motivation is your greatest asset, and motivation is fueled by enthusiasm over the long haul. Love what you do, and you’ll always have the necessary motivation to do it.
Sales have been stellar. I crossed the 750K units sold point, and will close on 850K by year end, if not more. I’ve branded my offerings as being in the $5-$6 range, and consumers seem comfortable with that value proposition. I don’t see any need to charge more, nor less. All’s well.
So, do you believe you can do it? You may need to work on your motivation, but if self publishing is what you want to do, you can.
Here’s the biggest reason you can be a self publishing success: you’re writing for readers.
With millions of readers available to you at the click of a Publish button, you don’t need to convince a literary agent, the sales team and the acquisitions editor at a publishing house to give you a contract. Readers want all kinds of things. You’ll never know whether they want what you write, until you offer it to them. You may be surprised at your own success.
You’re writing for readers — only for readers.
That’s never, even been possible before. Today, traditional publishing is irrelevant. You can make much more money from self publishing, than you can make with a publisher.
At some stage you may want to sign a traditional publishing contract — there are good reasons that you might want to do that.
However, until you’ve made a success of self publishing, traditional publishing will do you more harm than good. On the other hand, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, so if you want to go the traditional publishing route, go ahead. You’ll be better for the experience. A lot less naive, and a lot more cynical, but that’s a good thing. 🙂
Take Russell Blake’s words to heart:
Here’s what I now know: Readers are the most important thing a writer has. Readers are the ones that consume an author’s work, and without them, we have nothing.
Write. Write for readers. You’ll get better with every word you write.
To repeat: you’ll get better with every word you write.
So write lots of words. Write for publication, and for yourself. I’ve kept writing journals for many years, almost as long as I’ve been writing, because your journals help you to think, and to plan. They break through inertia. They also stop you fooling yourself, because you can track how many salable words you write each day. It’s very easy to say to yourself you’re “writing”, when you’re just browsing the Web, or are revising something. Only writing is writing, and to repeat again… You’ll get better with every word you write.
(If you want to check out my writing journal, you can.)
Start a writing journal, track your words. Think about your readers. Write what you’d enjoy reading. You won’t gain self-belief instantly, that’s not how it works. You’ll start believing in yourself a little more each day, as you write more words.
Think about looking back on YOUR self publishing journey, three years from today. Then start writing. 🙂