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What Is Your Motivation for Self-Publishing?

Authors have their own reasons for self-publishing.

If you are goal is to write and publish your own book, you should intend to   check out your own motives for doing so. You have to make sure your motivations are realistic so you move forward with your success. You might need more courage because it can be exhilarating, or just financially draining.

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If no publishing company is willing to take a gamble on you, you can publish your own book. Be ready to cover all the costs and take care of just about everything else, from writing, to editing, to publishing, and marketing. Here are the common motivations why authors prefer self-publishing.


An author is rejected by any major publisher because of several obvious and logical reasons. First, he could be unknown to the book industry. Face the truth. Most successful book authors are celebrities or icons in their own fields. No publisher could be willing to gamble on nobody because readers would not be easily open to reading content from nobody. Second, the topic could be obscure.


An author may feel good about an issue, but most other people think it is irrelevant and boring. On the contrary, a very controversial topic for a book is also avoided because no publisher would ever want to face legal hurdles and battles for any unknown author. The subject could be of interest only to a minimal amount of the population.

Unique or “non-commercial” Style

The author’s writing style, genre, and grammar is simply rejected.


Another reason for any author to go self-publishing is that he desperately desires complete editorial and artistic freedom. The author may not agree with any modifications required by the publisher. It is common for some writers to resist criticisms and changes especially if they think such are destructive to their ego.

He may be targeting to take complete control and rights to the intellectual aspect of the book. The author might feel he needs to make sure the rights, sales, database, and fame of the book remain his. Then, he could be motivated by the low overall publishing expense of the book. He could also feel more confident and comfortable with the idea that he is publishing independently.

If authors did not have the option of self-publishing as a thing, the history of book publishing industry could have been different. Some of the most unforgettable classics worldwide were originally published by authors. Examples are the phenomenal ‘In Search of Excellence’ (Tom Peters), ‘The Joy of Cooking’ (Irma Rombauer), ‘Spartacus’ (Howard Fast), ‘Poems’ (Oscar Wilde), and ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ (Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield).

To sum it up, remember that self-publishing is not an entirely new practice. In fact, it has been around, though in different forms, since, well… the book. These days, self-publishing is increasing. With the emergence of Kindle Direct and Kobo, as well as other publishing systems, self-publishing is becoming a clear phenomenon in the changing book industry.

But are you made out for it? Do you have what it takes? Not all authors have what it takes to survive and make good in having to self-publish a book. Before you get into such an endeavor, be wise to think it over.

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