The Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing EBooks

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More and more people are turning to the ease of self-publishing eBooks instead of going the old-fashioned route of marketing their books to potential publishers

. However, despite its simplicity, there are certain drawbacks to using it as the primary platform for your work. To help you better understand this, here are some pros and cons to the business of self-publishing.

PROS:

You’ll have total control over your work. From start to finish, it’s all on you. Whatever you want to put in your content, the design, the layout-all of it would be up to you. For many writers, this is great news as it provides more creative freedom. You don’t have to follow certain rules and standards that a typical publishing company might impose.

There are no deadlines. You can work on your book whenever you can and wouldn’t have to worry about meeting certain deadlines that publishing companies tend to impose if you’re writing a book for them. This means less stress and more time to collect inspiration for your work.

Less work when it comes to finding a publisher. If you’ve ever tried selling a book to a potential publisher, you’ll know how difficult this can be both physically and mentally. Getting rejected is certainly not easy on anyone’s ego and most writers tend to give up after a while-self-publishing allows you to skip over this particular obstacle.

Easier on the pocket. Since everything is done digitally, you no longer need to print out numerous manuscripts to send to various publishing companies. That alone can take a toll on your budget, especially if you’ve written a hefty book when it comes to word count. With self-publishing, all you need to do is get your manuscript converted to the right file format then upload it to your chosen publishing platform. While you’ll be spending money on a few technical things such as cover design and marketing, the costs are manageable.

CONS:

– Since all the work rests on your shoulders, it can be quite easy to start feeling overwhelmed and put off finishing your book for months. Because you have no editors to consult with, another issue could come in the form of disorganization. One too many ideas can lead to you losing the main plot or idea that drives your book forward. This can also set you back when it comes to time.

– Marketing self-published books can be a very challenging task. This is a fact. You have plenty of competition online and without the backing of an established publishing company, getting the word out about your work can be difficult. Some self-published authors would attest to this-it will take a lot of time and some monetary investment to get things rolling. You will have to purchase ads for yourself. While social media is a useful tool, you still need to build a following in order for it to be truly effective.

These are just a few of the things that you need to consider when it comes to self-publishing eBooks. Yes, it can be rewarding, but both it comes with a fair amount of work involved. So, if you’re prepared to take on it and have equipped yourself with the right knowledge to push things along, nothing should stop you from giving this platform a try. Good luck!

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