WHAT DO ALL THESE BOOKS have in common?
- The Christmas Box, by Rick Evans
- The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield
- In Search of Excellence, by Tom Peters
- The One-Minute Manager, by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
- A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
- The Joy of Cooking, by Irma Rombauer
- Sugar Busters!, by four Louisiana doctors
- The Wealthy Barber, by David Chilton
- Embraced by the Light, by Betty J. Eadie
- Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun, by Wess Roberts
All of these books were originally self- published!
Many best-selling books got their start—and many still do—in being self-published by their author.
Authors choose to self-publish for many reasons. Some think the only reason is that the author was turned down by a traditional publisher. Occasionally, that is true. Yet it’s not surprising to hear of a book that’s turned down by the big publishing houses that goes on to become a runaway best seller when self-published.
But more often, an author weighs the pros and cons of self-publishing versus traditional publishing—and makes an educated decision to opt for self-publishing. Some of the biggest advantages of self-publishing include:
- Authors usually make more money—they keep 100 percent of the selling price, not just a low-percentage royalty
- The decision to publish is already made and doesn’t need to go through the hoops of various editorial committees that may or may not vote to publish
- The book gets to press sooner—traditional publishing can take a year or longer
- Authors keep control of their work—title, cover, all aspects of the project
Of course, there are two major downsides to self-publishing as well:
- The author must have resources to fund the entire project: editing, page layout, printing, and binding
- Marketing and selling the book is entirely the responsibility of the author
But for those who have the resources and enough enthusiasm for their own product to get it into customer hands, the advantages of self-publishing can be considerable and satisfying.
Self-publishing should never be confused with what used to be so-called “vanity” publishing, which required an author to pay an exorbitant price to a publisher that promised quality and aggressive marketing but fell significantly short in both areas.
Page One Sentence Doctors has helped scores of authors successfully self-publish their books. We offer “turn-key” self-publishing services. We can take your “raw” unedited manuscript, and typically, two to three months later, you receive a shipment of finished books! We do the editing, the page layout, the proofreading, and the cover design—and we write the back-cover marketing copy. We help you select a quality printer that can save you money, and we offer consulting on how to market your finished books.
Call us—and we’ll even give you contact information for one of our recently self-published clients who can evaluate our services for you.
Do you have a manuscript completed or in process?
Do you dream of being a published author?
Life is short. Don’t let time get away from you before contacting us to get your dream up and running. We’ll help make that dream come true!