KRISTIAN BOWES

Pen-wielder with a license to thrill

Why I'm Writing and Self-Publishing this Book

Why I’m Writing and Self-Publishing this Book

Kris

Ideas find us; we don’t find them.

Before my son was born, I had an idea for a novel. Like most reasonable people, I ignored it.  Since it won’t leave me alone, I have to write and self-publish Oz and the Fury.

Some ideas won’t die.

Even though I had a newborn at home, I would wake up from a sound sleep with new characters, historical developments, and creatures.  After close to three years, I’m still waking up at night with new developments for the story — I just can’t seem to shake it.  I don’t know why I can’t let it go, but maybe there’s someone out there who needs to read this book.  I’m writing this book for them, and for anyone who might enjoy it.

Traditional versus self-publishing

I thought about finishing the manuscript then going through the traditional publishing route, but I know that many great authors suffered through years of rejections before they landed their first publishing contract — some even self-published before it was as widespread as it is now.  It’s not that I can’t take criticism, I just prefer to keep the momentum going and get my work out to my audience.

From what I’ve read, traditional publishing is more precarious than it used to be, and even well-known authors are self-publishing.  Sure, self-publishing has its downsides — some self-publishers don’t edit their work or take the steps they need to ensure that their audience has a good experience.  While this certainly makes readers weary of unknown self-published authors, there are ways to build credibility and ensure that my book provides readers with the best reading experience possible.

Next steps

The first thing I need to do is come up with a self-publishing timeline and budget; I also need to find channels for honest reviews and listing my work.  Both of which will be the subject of my next post: How to Make a Self-Publishing Timeline and Budget.

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