It’s Read Self-Published Authors Month! Thanks for stopping by!
Today I’m answering the question: Why I became a self-published author.
Some people are under the impression that writers turn to self-publishing because they lack skills or are simply lazy. I assure you that’s not the case for all of us. I liked the idea of controlling the final product—choosing the cover artist and the cover and deciding who my editor would be.
The biggest factor, for me, was the freedom of choosing what I write. I didn’t want to craft a story and have someone else tell me to change it drastically until it wasn’t recognizable. My first book, Regress: the Alliance Chronicles, is a book that touches upon controversy and raises some social issues. The story is set in a dystopian world where creativity is banned. The democratic government is overthrown by technocrats who are in favor of STEM education over the fine arts. The United States also falls apart after a revolt from the middle class. This isn’t a series I felt would have been picked up by an agent or a publisher without major changes.
I also appreciate being able to set my own schedule. I know how many books I want to publish this year (six). If life happens and I need to change that publishing schedule, I can do so without breaking a contract or an agreement.
I’ll admit it. Being a self-published author is a lot of work. I’m the boss, the creative employee, the publicist, the secretary, etc., etc. Some days it’s easy to get behind. I’ve resorted to using a daily planner and it’s helping. Then there are the great days. Those are the ones where I write more than my expected word count, or I make more sales than I normally do.
As an indie author I’ve met some great people—other authors, bloggers, readers, artists, and models. I wouldn’t trade those connections for anything.
I invite you to check out the rest of my website starting here. You’ll also find a link to go to the next author on the tour.