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Maybe it’s time to take the plunge and become self-published like me

31 May 2016

From The Independent:

Authors, like artists, live with rejection. We meet it when trying to get published. We meet it trying to stay published. We write, and then others decide if our work is good enough to be let out into the world. Or at least, that’s how it used to be.

In 2001, I gave up my PR business to write a novel. I had no agent, no publisher, no experience. I didn’t even have an idea. In retrospect, it was crazy. But then, maybe sometimes craziness is exactly what’s required to change your life. I wrote the novel in six months, sent it out to publishers and agents and prepared for rejection.

It came!

Thankfully, I also received feedback on my writing. I edited the manuscript and sent it out again. I got to work on a second novel so that the next batch of – inevitable – rejections wouldn’t stop me writing. I told myself that it didn’t matter if I never got published. Of course it mattered.

The edits worked. That first novel was published. Three more followed.

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Meanwhile, the world of self-publishing was being born. For the first time, authors could reach readers directly and globally. The fact that royalty rates were higher meant lower prices to the reader. This transformation in publishing was exciting to watch.

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By now, the publishing rights to my first four novels had reverted to me. I decided to have a shot at self-publishing. To mark my new adventure, I reinvented myself. Choosing the pen name Aimee Alexander (my children’s names combined), I began to edit my original novels, a process that proved surprisingly necessary. So much had changed in the few years since they had been published. The way we use language had altered. Society too had become more liberal, tolerant. I had become more demanding of my characters.

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As an author, I had never really had much control over the publishing process. Now I controlled everything – the content, the look, the promotion. I also had access to data I never had before. On any given day, I could check where in the world my books were selling and in what numbers. When I did a promotion, I could see the results almost immediately.

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My story is one of many. The publishing industry is rapidly evolving, offering new and exciting opportunities for authors. Rejection need no longer dominate our lives. There is something uplifting and energising about taking control, making the decisions and creating forward momentum.

Link to the rest at The Independent

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5 Comments to “Maybe it’s time to take the plunge and become self-published like me”

  1. ‘the publishing rights to my first four novels had reverted to me. ‘

    Unbelievably lucky.

  2. Zachariah Dracoulis

    Honestly, and I’ve had this conversation with my fellow writers and friends a dozen times, I would never trad-publish, not after having the freedom I’ve had over the past year. Every cent I get out of my books is from what I put in, if I wanted to quit university (which I wouldn’t, something to keep the mind active) and write full-time I could. I can publish a new novel every three months if I want to and never have to wait months on end for rejection or form letters. I have a connection with my audience, and they with me, that I doubt I would ever get through trad-pub.

    Sorry for the clunky sentences, been writing for a few hours now and this is my version of a break. 😛

  3. “Maybe it’s time to take the plunge and become self-published like me – Indie Authors Are Responsible for the US eBook Decline.”
    I couldn’t resist and combined these two blog headers.

  4. Suburbanbanshee

    Why on earth did she change her pen name so that she could put out revised versions of old books? Didn’t she want her old readers to find her?

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