Self-Publishing? Which Path Is Best for You?

by Jami Gold on August 6, 2015

in Writing Stuff

Stick figure at a chalkboard with text: Fiction University Day! Know Your Goals

Here at my blog, I have a long history of covering all issues related to writing and publishing. That means I’ve covered writing craft, the various steps of the editing and publishing process, the publishing industry, and writing life.

Even though I’m now indie published, I don’t want my blog to turn into “all self-publishing tips all the time.” First of all, I know that’s not what all of you come here for. Secondly, I’d get bored without a variety of topics. *smile*

But I also do want to share some of my indie publishing insights and advice. So when my friend Janice Hardy asked if I wanted to join the Indie Author Series at Fiction University, I jumped at the chance.

In person, Janice is just as awesome as her amazing blog, so I’m doubly honored to become one of the faculty at her Fiction University.

Janice Hardy's Fiction University banner

Once a month, I’ll be posting over there as part of the Indie Author Series. Luckily for me, my assigned slot always falls on a Thursday, so I’ll be able to coordinate my guest posts with my blog schedule here. (The last thing I needed to do was add to my already overstuffed schedule. *smile*)

I’m starting off with a series that’s going to dig into some of our options for indie publishing, and my posts will run the first Thursday of every month.

In the writing community, we talk a lot about the traditional vs. self-publishing path, but there are options along the self-publishing road as well. Today marks my first post, where I talk about the first step we have to take to find the best indie publishing path for us…

Indie Publishing Paths: Do You Know Your Options?

One great thing about the indie author community is the willingness to help each other out. A quick search on the KBoards Writers’ Cafe forum can often provide information from those in the trenches who are ahead of us on the indie publishing journey. Everywhere we look, authors share the pros and cons of methods they’ve tried and “what not to do” advice.

So it’s no surprise that many new indie authors choose “virtual” mentors. We can watch what successful authors are doing and try to emulate them.

That’s a great technique, and one I’ve followed as well. However, we need to keep in mind that there’s no one right path to success. Many indie authors are successful, and they didn’t all do the same things as far as pricing, release schedules, choosing vendors, etc.

There’s no one right way to be an indie author, and hopefully, with a little information, we’ll be able to find the right method for us.

Please join me at Janice Hardy’s Fiction University for the rest of this post!

Are you familiar with Janice Hardy’s blog? What are your favorite features of her blog? Are you self-publishing or considering self-publishing? What self-publishing “paths” can you think of? What questions would you like to see answered?

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Ashley August 6, 2015 at 2:49 pm

Haha, love your bio-blurb on her site. One of the best/most amusing I’ve ever seen.

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Jami Gold August 6, 2015 at 4:43 pm

Hi Ashley,

LOL! Thanks! I try to do a different opening line for every site/purpose. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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Serena Yung August 6, 2015 at 10:12 pm

(Hmm maybe I should post both here and there:)

Yeah, I agree with the point that there is no right path for everyone. I recall a post I read somewhere that we don’t need to use the social media we feel uncomfortable with. We could just use the marketing tools we are comfortable with. So for instance, we don’t need to use Twitter if we don’t want to, lol. There are many ways we can promote books.

Just a side: I find that personally, when I decide whether or not to buy and read a book by an author I don’t know, I care most about the blurb. So I care even more about the blurb than about the title, cover, even sample, and even whether I already know and like the author as a person! However, I know not everyone is as blurb-focused as I am, lol, so I can’t generalize my preferences to everybody.

Ah, I remember the artist-author vs. professional-author distinction! Well, I’m still pretty much the artist-author, where things like enjoyment, writing high quality books, constantly improving my craft, and getting to know and meet awesome story characters, are still my number one goals. But I’ve become a little more open to the professional-author kind of perspective, as I’m at least willing to try to reach as many readers as I can, since I recognized that among my family, friends, and acquaintances who are willing to and actually read and finish my books, there may not be that many who would be my specific target audience.

And I guess there’s that thing about gradually increasing my “author self-esteem” and feeling that my books deserve to find more readers than just my friends, family, and interested acquaintances, haha. Not saying I should be arrogant now (you know how much I hate arrogance =_=), but that I should have more faith in my stories in attracting more fans. And if I think in the perspective of the reader, I WOULD appreciate the author making more of an effort to get her books out where I can see them, buy them, and read them. There were two Indie books I read recently that I really, seriously loved (and yes, I’m in love with the main heroes in them, haha). I was certainly VERY happy to find them and was grateful that the authors put their books out there. 😀

Yeah for some reason, seeing my own joy in finding books I love, gives me encouragement for my own books. I hope that one day, I will also find readers who are as crazy in love with my stories as I am with the two Indie stories I mentioned above, haha. Can’t wait till I get to the editing stage so I can make my books as great and enjoyable as possible!

So we could see developing our self-esteem and self-confidence in our stories as part of our writing path. 😀

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Jami Gold August 7, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Hi Serena,

I replied to you over there, but I just wanted to say for anyone reading here that I like that “author self-esteem” idea. That ties into a post I’ve been considering for next week. 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

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Evolet Yvaine August 7, 2015 at 9:23 am

Congrats on becoming Faculty over at Fiction University. I subscribe to that blog as well and have enjoyed the posts I’ve read so far. As far as the publishing paths, I recently decided to do serial fiction. I was working on my first adult romance novel during Camp NaNoWriMo last month, but I was just writing random scenes, no writing in sequential order. When I was done, I was going to post those random scenes–raw, unedited, with plenty of filler phrases (ex: INSERT INFORMATION HERE)–on Wattpad. Then I read a blog post about writing serial fiction and it intrigued me enough to do a little more research on it. I don’t plan to make a career out of writing adult romance, so I’ve decided to edit those scenes, put them in order, post them on my site, and then finish writing the book on my site. I’m a little superstitious about my writing. I don’t like to let anyone read it until I’ve completed a first draft, so we’ll see how this goes. 🙂

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Jami Gold August 7, 2015 at 12:46 pm

Hi Evolet,

Oh, serial fiction! That’s a great example of some of the choices we face on the indie path. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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Tamara LeBlanc August 10, 2015 at 5:46 pm

I’ve heard of Janice’s blog, but I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting. I’ll have to make it a priority.
Love that you’re wisdom will be shared with her followers!
Have a great evening,
Tamara

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Jami Gold August 11, 2015 at 8:14 am

Hi Tamara,

I’ve been following Janice’s blog for years, and she’s really expanded the scope of her blog with the guest posts for Fiction University. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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