“You do know that’s a long process, don’t you?” they say when you mention traditional publishing.
“Why are you choosing the easy route?” they retort if you’ve chosen self-publishing instead.
But, let’s face it, there’s nothing easy about self-publishing. Sure, you skip having to wait to hear back from a literary agent and then a publisher, but that doesn’t mean it’s all said and done in a matter of weeks. You’ve got to write a book, hire a team to help you edit, design, and take care of minor details, or end up doing most of it yourself. Point is, your book’s success is hanging solely on your shoulders, and there’s nothing easy about that. Hence, explaining the process to family, friends, and yes, those random strangers you sometimes bump into in the elevator, shouldn’t be another step.
If I had to simplify my step-by-step explanation of the self-publishing process, like I did with traditional publishing, this is what I’d say:
What aspect of self-publishing drew you most to that option? Did I miss anything in my quick summary? Share below or send me a tweet @TheWriteWoman.