fb

Publishing and Marketing Nerds

To self-publish or not to self-publish?

Viewing 5 posts - 1 through 5 (of 5 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #115878
    Selah CJW
    @selah-chelyah

    That is the question. Okay, that and a couple of other questions, maybe. XD

    So I’ve been planning to self-publish the book that I’ve been writing like crazy within the next couple of months, but I’m starting to have second thoughts just a little bit and wondered a few things. Those of you who have published (esp if you’ve done well :P), I’d really appreciate all the input I can get here.

    Firstly, did you self-publish or traditionally publish? If either one, what was your experience with it and what would you personally recommend? I’m looking for experienced opinions here, not just random info, lol. Already done a ton of research, just wanting to know your personal thoughts at this point.

    Also, along the same lines, if I believe I have a really good story, with an attractive cover and all that, (and hopefully a blog soon), would you recommend professional editing no matter what? I’ve done some editing for other people’s books and feel like I’m relatively good at it, but as far as overall story and all I haven’t had a lot of input and wonder if it’s rather crucial that I do. Is there anyone who’s a little more experienced who’s willing to do that for me that you know of? I realize your/their time is valuable.

    I want to sell a lot of books as much as I can, because why not if I think I have a great story/product? I write because I believe in what I’m writing so there’s a lot of personal momentum behind publishing and getting it out there, but it’d also be awesome to make something in the process. So there’s a lot of stuff to put together and answer for me. XD Appreciate any and all personal thoughts/experience/whatever you want to share, and thanks!

    Assistant Guildmaster of the Phantom Awesome Meraki
    ~ Created to create ~

    #115879
    Selah CJW
    @selah-chelyah

    Okay, also I have had several younger writers beta reading my book. Whether that’s good or not, there it is. XD I find it helpful on a small scale, personally, even if I don’t always like their ideas.

    I also realize that my own opinion (that my book is awesome and I’m pretty good at editing it) may be highly biased, so be brutal if necessary. I just need to know what’s going to be best to do in the long run. 🙂 And maybe someone wants to read a tad bit of it to know whether or not I’m just fantasizing about it even being any good, idk. Lemme know your thoughts, peoples! XD

    Assistant Guildmaster of the Phantom Awesome Meraki
    ~ Created to create ~

    #115899
    Daeus Lamb
    @daeus-lamb

    @selah-chelyah

    For a comparison of traditional and self-publishing, I highly recommend you take our mindset course. (I think it’s covered in module 2 or 3.)

    I can’t say whether you should publish, because I haven’t read your book. I’ve known people to publish the first book they wrote, and it was actually a really good read. I’ve seen more people publish too early though. The pressure to publish is strong. I published my first book, regretted it, was going to publish my second, then wisely held back, and finally released a novelette. I’m wrapping up my third novel, which I think is finally publishable. Because it’s so hard to judge for yourself when you’re ready to publish, I wrote an article that provides some guidelines to help you self-evaluate: https://storyembers.org/are-you-publishing-your-book-too-soon/

    Finally, yes, I 100% believe you should get an editor. And yes, look for one with credentials and who charges standard rates. I’ve used Brianna (https://www.theliterarycrusader.com/welcome.html) and she’s far more thorough than any beta reader I’ve ever had. She does line edits (editing on the paragraph level to help you say what you meant to say in the best way possible). I really recommend a line edit. It will make your book more professional than if you just get a proofreader. I also plan to hire another type of editor soon for my novel, one who focuses more on the broad picture like looking for plot holes/scene structure/finding ways to improve characterization. Theoretically, you could find a beta reader who’s as good as a professional editor, but that’s unlikely and you’d have no way to judge unless you already had experience with professional editors.
    SE article: https://storyembers.org/three-truths-you-may-not-realize-about-professional-editing/

    😀
    👕👍
    👖 🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢

    #115905
    Daeus Lamb
    @daeus-lamb

    (The Mindset Course is under our Resources tab)

    😀
    👕👍
    👖 🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢

    #115914
    Selah CJW
    @selah-chelyah

    @daeus-lamb

    Okay, that was super helpful. Thanks for the thoughts! I’ll check all that out…and if anyone else has thoughts, pitch in as well. 🙂

    Assistant Guildmaster of the Phantom Awesome Meraki
    ~ Created to create ~

Viewing 5 posts - 1 through 5 (of 5 total)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

Enroll in Our Seven-Day Mindset Challenge Course

Enter your email to begin taking the course. We'll send you a link to begin the mindset course along with emails to help you grow in your writing craft!

You've joined the course! Check your email to watch the first video.

Plotting Is Hard

That’s why we created a worksheet that will help you make sure your story hits all the right plot beats.

 

Sign up below to learn how to ace story structure.

Congratulations! Redirecting you to the plot sheet in one moment...

Stop Using Meaningless Character Questionnaires

Knowing your character's favorite ice cream flavor won't help you write engaging protagonists.

 

Our questionnaire is different. Use it to discover your character's core fears, longings, hopes, and needs.

Congratulations! Redirecting you to the character questionnaire in one moment...

Enjoying This Article? Get the Full Series!

 You can download the entire Tricky Subjects for Christian Storytellers series in e-book form for free!

 Learn how to wisely handle subjects like violence, language, and sex as a writer.

Congratulations! Redirecting you to the eBook in one moment...

Worldbuild Smarter, Not Harder

 Some worldbuilding questionnaires force you to answer as many questions as possible about your world.

 

Ours doesn’t. Answer targeted questions that reveal what’s actually important about your world.

Congratulations! Redirecting you to the worldbuilding questionnaire in one moment...

Take Your Style to the Next Level

Take Your Style to the Next Level

The written word matters to God.

 

Does it matter to you?

 

Learn how to develop an eloquent, practical, and personal style by downloading our free e-book.

Congratulations! Redirecting you to the eBook in one moment...

Every Year, Thousands of Writers Give Up

Every Year, Thousands of Writers Give Up

 Don’t be the next.

 

We understand how exhausting writing can be, so download our free e-book and find inspiration to press on!

Congratulations! Redirecting you to the eBook in one moment...

Don't Be That Kind of Christian Writer

Want to impact the world for Christ with your writing—without being preachy or cliched?

 

Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and craft powerful themes by downloading our free worksheet!

Congratulations! Redirecting you to the theme worksheet in one moment...

So You Have Clichés in Your Novel...

Thankfully, we’re here to help!

 

Enter your email below, and we’ll send you a simple process for smashing clichés.

Congratulations! Redirecting you to the cliche worksheet in one moment...

Sign Up for Updates

Enter your email to receive updates on the Engaging Plots Summit, along with emails to help you grow in your writing craft!

You have successfully subscribed for updates!

Does Christian Fiction Need to Be Clean?

Our Tricky Subjects for Christian Storytellers e-book examines how to depict sensitive topics like violence, language, and sex with realism and wisdom. Sign up to download it for free!

Congratulations! Redirecting you to the eBook in one moment...

Poetry Isn't Just for Poets

Poetry Isn't Just for Poets

It can also help novelists write better stories!

Get our Harnessing the Power of Poetry e-book to learn how techniques used by skilled poets can enrich your storytelling.

Congratulations! Redirecting you to the eBook in one moment...

Enjoying This Article? Get the Full Series!

Enjoying This Article? Get the Full Series!

You can download the entire Harnessing the Power of Poetry series in e-book form for free!

Learn what surprising insights and techniques novelists can glean from poets.

Congratulations! Redirecting you to the eBook in one moment...

Uncover the Secret to Relatable Characters

Uncover the Secret to Relatable Characters

Learning how to help readers connect with your story's characters doesn't need to be a mystery.

Get our Evoking Reader Empathy e-book to discover how successful authors build empathy.

Congratulations! Redirecting you to the eBook in one moment...

Stop Using Meaningless Character Questionnaires

Stop Using Meaningless Character Questionnaires

Knowing your character's favorite ice cream flavor won't help you write engaging protagonists.

 

Our questionnaire is different. Use it to discover your character's core fears, longings, hopes, and needs.

 

 

Congratulations! Redirecting you to the character questionnaire in one moment...

Plotting Is Hard

Plotting Is Hard

That’s why we created a worksheet that will help you make sure your story hits all the right plot beats.

 

Sign up below to learn how to ace story structure.

Congratulations! Redirecting you to the plot sheet in one moment...

Learn What the Bible Says about Engaging Plots

Learn What the Bible Says about Engaging Plots

Enter your email to get your guide, along with other resources to help you grow in your writing craft!

You have successfully subscribed for updates!

Pin It on Pinterest