From author Elizabeth Hunter:
Here’s the thing.
There are many reasons why people decide to publish their own books. Some people get frustrated with traditional publishing. Some prefer the creative control that self-publishing brings. Others see it as a better long-term business choice to control their intellectual property for the life of the copyright. Some people want to publish their Uncle Alvin’s memoirs and hand it to him at Christmas because it was good old Uncle Alvin’s life-long dream. It could be none of these reasons. It could be all of them or a combination of any.
Whatever the reason you decided to self-publish, there you are. You’ve done it.
Now please own it.
Amid all the handwringing about subscription services and how writers are getting paid (I don’t want to go over it, so if you don’t know what I’m talking about, just read David Gaughran’s post HERE) writers seem to be forgetting one very important fact. It’s really important. In fact, some might say IT’S THE ENTIRE FREAKING POINT.
You are the one who controls your books.
You’re it. You’re the boss of your work. You.
So please stop bitching and just take the reins.
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“BUT EVERYONE IS GIVING AWAY EVERYTHING AND—”
Seriously, do I need to have that conversation with you again about your friends and jumping off bridges that your mom had with you when you were six? You’re (hopefully) an adult. You should understand how to combat peer pressure by now.
Link to the rest at Elizabeth Hunter and thanks to David for the tip.
Here’s a link to Elizabeth Hunter’s books