Indie-Pendence Week Giveaway (US/Int): When is self-publishing right for you?
Let’s give a warm welcome to author Rachel Firasek!
Why self publish?
Hmmm…I’ve often asked myself this question—and I’ll admit, I’m by no means an expert.
I went into this writing gig knowing that I would have to work my patooty off in order to get where I wanted to be. I dreamed of signing with an agent and seeing my name and titles plastered across all of the lists.
You did too, right? Come on, it’s okay to admit it. J
So said dream is in place. I know what I have to do. Query letters went out to all the big dogs. I smoozed them up at conferences—and that is a big deal because I generally shy away from people. When I didn’t get my dream agent—or even a lesser loved one—I began querying the small presses.
I did a few online pitches, and after about a year of jacking around with submitting my book, it was picked up. Woo-hoo! J Then I realized, I would have my book published and no help in marketing. Yowza—another new job to learn.
But…I’d just figured out the first one—writing.
So, I learned something new. Blogging…grrr…I’m not the best blogger, please don’t judge this. But, I did it. I blog. Err…kind of.
Then, social media outlets became important. Whoa.
Okay, so I have a little trouble focusing on things, and Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads totally fed my inability to sit still. My husband likes to shout out, “Hey, a butterfly,” when I become a rabbit on crack. The minute I realized that the more friends I had on Twitter the more my rabid rabbit was fed, was my undoing.
I’m off track.
Okay, back. Whew. Now, we have social marketing down. I have a website, fan page, blog, etc… I’m set to spread the love of my books. Well, I only had one out. So, I doted on that first novel. It did okay. Got great reviews, but nobody really knows me yet. Sooo….back to work.
Time to write the next book. I promise, I’m coming to a point.
Here it is: I know how to write the book, how to edit the book, how to market the book—to some extent—and I know how to sell me. My next logical step in the world is to self-publish. Right?
Rachel, how’d you come to that conclusion?
Well, in self-pubbing, I don’t have to wait months for a release. I don’t have to wait for someone to tell me what I can or can’t do with my art. I don’t have to ask permission to share my book with a reader. If I want to have a “free” day on Amazon, woot, I can damn well do it.
Also, once I have it written, revised, and edited, I can format it, buy a great cover, and send it to my growing fan base. The more books in front of my readers, the more I have the chance of reaching others. It’s a numbers game in this world.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love most of my publishers. I’ve learned some great things from the authors and editors I’ve worked with. I still want to work with them on occasion, but I also want to write books that may or may not sit well with a press. That’s okay, I get it. Art is a unique thing in that some will love it while others hate it. I love that. I want that. The world is a better place because of our personal tastes.
Small presses have taught me so much, and I’ll never stop working with them. Even—dare I say it—if I eventually find that dream agent and get on those lists. But until then, I’ll traditionally publish a few, and still self-pub on the side. If I ever have the luxury of quitting the day job and writing full time, my publishers won’t be able to keep up. Doing it on my own now, gives me time to find my niche, figure out the kinks, and make way for a fun and exciting career as an author—Indie or other.
|“If you walk in a crowded room, I’m the one hiding in the corner. If you ever need someone to hold your hand to go to the bathroom, I’m not that gal. But, if you need a friend, someone to listen in good times and bad, I’ll be there. I’m a paranormal romance author by night, and by day, I’m everything else…and if you want to know more about my books, come check them out. www.rachelfirasek.com”
~ Rachel Firasek
Check out Rachel’s indie novella, Creating Fate! (click below)
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I can totally understand why writers self publish. I wish you well in your endeavor.
CREATING FATE looks amazing.
Mary, thank you! 🙂 Elle J Rossi did a great job on the cover. Love her for that.
My questions are: How do you decide about whether you are going to do a novella or a novel? Do the characters help you decide? Is it more of a challenge to do a novella?
I generally know before I start a book what my length will be. In the case of Creating Fate, me and the girls all decided on a target length before we began. The key to writing a shorter novel is to keep your characters limited and your plots simple. Unfortunately, that’s the part I struggle with, lol. So, I take you on a whirlwind ride. 🙂 And writing short, to me, is much harder.
Great story, Rachel. You helped blaze new trails that the rest of us humbly follow … and you continue playing a large–and active–role in helping authors and wanna-be authors move closer to realizing their own dreams.
It’s people like you who make the decision to self-publish easier for the rest of us.
Tom, thank you! You, my vampy, friend made my heart sing. I love what I do and to hear that it’s appreciated is so freaking awesome. Big hugs and I hope a million people by Vaempires: Revolution.
I hope a million bazillion people buy that book too because it is awesome with a side of kick assery, spread with chocolate, dipped in beer batter, deep fried, and, calorie free!
Seriously, I love Vaempires. I love Tom, he’s incredibly witty and fun.
And I love me some Rachel Firasek too. 🙂
Thanks Rachel! You have a great outlook on this whole author/publishing/marketing business. cheers
Jody, thanks! I try. It’s not always easy, but then I think of what I felt like three years ago, before I broke into the market and remember how lucky I am. It keeps me positive. Woot! 🙂
I definately understand why writers self publish!
🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
Hi, Rachel, great post! Self-publishing has helped me to enjoy writing again. 🙂
Terry, you are such an inspiration to me. Thank you so much for stopping by! I’ve learned so much from you and yes, it has made me love writing again, too. 🙂
Rachel can I join you in the corner in that crowded room? I myself HATE crowds. Love your post :O)
You are most welcome in my corner. 🙂 Crowds give me hives. Seriously! Thank you and have a great weekend!!
One thing I appreciate about authors who write self-pub books is that they write the story they want to write and put it out there for us readers how they want.
Susan, this is soooo important. I can always tell when a book feels detached. 🙂 Thanks for stopping in.
More power to you, Rachel. I think MANY indies/self-pubs are better writers than most traditionally published ones. I’m glad you’re self-pubbing the UNSPUN books with Berinn and Elle. So excited for you!
Kendall, I think that Indie authors have to work twice as hard to put out something worthy of the readers. I know that I’ve worked twice as hard as I ever have with small press. LOL! BTW, I’m so deep in love with EXHALE…maybe love it more than INHALE. Jury’s still out. Big hugs!
OOoohhh it’s Rachel!
Hey, where is your sparkly cowboy hat? *taps foot*
Always good to see peeps I know and like on GT. And look at all the comments from other authors of Awesome! Go you!
*throws lasso and snags a bottom smack on the Cpt.* Thanks, sweets! 🙂
How much does it cost for you to self-pub your books? Do you make a profit from sales when all is said and done?
Thanks for the interview!
Fortunately, Creating Fate didn’t cost me much at all. I bartered most of the services used in the production. 🙂 It helps if you can learn a trade in this industry besides just writing, and I’m fortunate enough to have learned a few.
I wish all the best to self published authors. This is not an easy road to take. You have to be strong and consistent. I am also glad that a lot of romance authors are self publishing other wise we would miss out on some fantastic books.
Michelle, I’ve read many great self-pubbed authors, and I’m so glad I have. 🙂 Thank you for coming by!
Rachel I am so glad you are taking another step. Your books are wonderful and love each of them.
I support you no matter what you do, but I am glad to see taking yourself in a different direction. I know you will rock it out.
Big Siren’s Hug girl! 🙂 You have been so supportive these last couple of years. Can’t ever thank you enough! 🙂
It sounds like deciding to self-publish boils down to each writer’s individual circumstances or need. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
It absolutely does. Like I said, I’m no expert–that’s for the Felicity Heaton’s in this biz, but I know that for the most part, it never hurts to try something. 🙂
I really didn’t know much about why someone would self-publish, but now I see the appeal. Thanks for the post.
Stacy, I’m glad I could enlighten. 🙂 I don’t know if it’s something that I’ll continue doing, maybe when I need a creative break, lol. 🙂
It’s good to hear concrete reasons of the pros and cons between self-pubbing and small presses…Susie Bright examined them in HOW TO WRITE A DIRTY STORY, but that was at least five years ago and the landscape has changed since then. Great post, thank you!
Thank you. I had to really weight the options before signing up for this adventure. So far, I haven’t found any downfalls. Except for maybe all the extra work. But, I’ve been very fortunate to have writing buds to help me along. Elle and Berinn have been great!
Stunning cover. It really is beautiful.
Thanks for the giveaway
Thank you! I’m so glad that Elle J Rossi had a chance to work on the covers for all of the Unspun books. She’s amazing.
It isn’t an easy career to get into and if self-pub will help, go for it..
I’m actually glad I didn’t jump into self-pub first. Learning through trial and error isn’t always easy. Small press pubbing really helped me learn about the craft, marketing and readers. 🙂 Thanks for stopping in.
Thank you for sharing about self-publishing. I know so many authors probably go grey just at the thought, but it’s great to see encouragement!
I’m really not afraid of trying something at least once. If this is a total flop, I still feel like I have a good relationship with my publishers. Many authors are going to a mesh of traditional and self-pubbing. 🙂
I am proud to be an indie author…I spent years working on my craft before I was published. Events like this help shatter the misconception that self-pubbed and indie pubbed writers are second rate. I couldn’t be more proud of the work my editors did to get my book out…and I wouldn’t change a thing.
Glad to get to know you better…great hopping with you!
Thank you, Ash. I’m glad that blogs like GT are strong enough to see that the Indie market isn’t something that should leave a dirty taste in your mouth. Their support behind our books is amazing! I’m like you, I’ll continue to pound out the stories and find whatever way necessary to get them to my readers. Wouldn’t change any of it. 🙂