Publishing/Writing: Insights, News, Intrigue


Self-Publishing – Is it Meaningful or Not?

Meaningful? How would I know?

Meaningful? How would I know?

Is self-publishing meaningful? Depends on what you mean by meaningful? And meaningful to whom? That makes sense.

Self-publishing has gained respectability, earned fans, made authors known, got many more books in front of many more readers AND earned mega-bucks for a ‘few’.

For most writers/authors, however, the money from self-publishing is NOT pouring in — BUT, their books are being read by many more readers than they would have under previous model/s.

For that matter, the money from traditionally published books did not pour in for most writers/authors either — since, under the traditional pub model, 10% of the authors earned 75% of the royalties 🙂

So, the stats are not significantly different between self-publishing and traditional publishing.

The following 10 minute video titled ‘Can self-publishing ever be meaningful’ with speaker Steven Lewis, a self-published author and digital media strategist with a sense of humor, delves into more self-publishing stats and fills out the word ‘meaningful’:




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  1. Great post

    Comment by arranbhansal — 11/04/2013 @ 3:28 pm | Reply

  2. Thank you for this great post. After my current publisher kept making mistakes (posting the uncorrected file after an edit for me to confirm that all was right before going to the next step, sending the wrong file to the printer for the first two test prints, posting a cover we were unable to get permission to use at one of the bookseller sites, etc.), I am sincerely thinking of self-publishing the next book. And as you stated, I don’t make a lot through the traditional publisher anyway… why not be in charge of my own destiny?

    Comment by Debi Emmons — 11/05/2013 @ 8:33 pm | Reply

  3. After more than 200 agent rejections, I decided to independently publish my novel, “Husbands May Come and Go, but Friends are Forever.” A Hollywood producer read the press release, ordered the book and optioned it for the big screen. The screenplay is now being written. So, I’d say yes, self-publishing is worth it.

    Judith Marshall

    Comment by Judith Marshall — 11/08/2013 @ 10:10 am | Reply

    • Judith – Congrats on being picked up for the movie world:) Yes, indeed, self-pub holds a special meaning for you. Are you helping or contributing in the writing of the screenplay?

      Comment by gator1965 — 11/10/2013 @ 5:53 am | Reply

  4. I self published “Conversations in Heaven, the Amazing Journey of Five Unique Heavenly Beings.” After completing the manuscript, I delved into the process of sending out agent queries. I was overwhelmed, to say the least. I then decided to self-publish. My husband and I put big bucks into it and I now had my “reading group.” We sold several hundred copies to family and friends, and others who ordered it through the website. The comments are fantastic and not only bolstered my faith in myself, it gave me the courage to pursue the search for my agent whom I have now found. He is already hard at work on my behalf. It’s not inexpensive, but, for us, it was worth it.

    Comment by Sue Campbell — 11/10/2013 @ 7:24 am | Reply

  5. Reblogged this on Shieldcrest Publishing and commented:
    Interesting viewpoint on self-publishing, what do you want to achieve?
    Set your goals at the outset to know whether they are being achieved or not, well worth a listen.

    Comment by shieldcrest — 01/20/2014 @ 9:43 am | Reply

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