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Brain Pickin' - self publishing

Who's up for a brain pickin'? I'm trying to think of reasons why people might self publish...but these reasons turn out to be myths. For instance, it's easier (holy hell, no, it's ten times the work, easily...)

Any ideas?

Edit to add: I'm looking for the ERRONEOUS assumptions, like "because it's so easy!"


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Nov. 11th, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
You'll make scads of money instead of those greedy publishers.
Nov. 11th, 2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
Control over covers and content.
And if you actually sell well - more money.
Nov. 11th, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
oh! Or are you looking for the myths, not the actual reasons? (silly me)
Nov. 11th, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
Yes, the myths!
Nov. 11th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
*You'll quickly make loads of money, since the royalties are higher.

*You'll avoid all that tedious editing.

Nov. 11th, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
Right, this is exactly the kind of stuff. Thanks!
Nov. 11th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
I'm a control freak. I would rather do everything myself than trust someone else who might leave something undone. And I am far more invested in my own success than any publisher will ever be.
Nov. 11th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
I don't think I ever would actually and am in awe of those who can do it well. (*bows down*) Writing is exhausting enough. I'd never have the wherewithal to direct the publishing process too. More power to you & all the others who'fe mastered the balance.
Nov. 11th, 2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
You can be the next big thing. Just look at 50 Shades of Grey.
Nov. 11th, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
hee hee hee
Nov. 12th, 2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
1. Bigger profit margin.
2. Control over things like your cover, promotional free days, etc.
3. It's faster.
4. You keep your foreign, audio, etc. rights to yourself.

I'll self-pub a novella in December because that's the only way I'll get another title out this year.

To me the biggest attraction of publishers is the editor, but you can hire one, and there are many publishers who don't or barely edit.

Even if your publisher does some promo, you will have to do most of your own.
Nov. 12th, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
Because publishers might read submissions, reject them and then give all ones brilliant ideas to their tame authors. Beta readers steal ones ideas too.

I wrote it right the first time and am not prepared to let anyone tell me I have to change it.

Those are paraphrased from a conversation I had with someone who intended to self publish.
Nov. 12th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
Nice stuff. Do you know if this person had ever worked with a publisher before? Ever self-published (other than online fic) before?
Nov. 12th, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
No, he was writing his first ever novel. But I heard similar comments from other first timers in the little writing community where I met him. These were all people who were fairly new to the internet, most of them in their 50s and 60s who hadn't undergone the baptism of fire that is 'fandom' :)
Nov. 13th, 2012 04:27 am (UTC)
I'm gonna have to go with the 'you'll make loads more money' and the 'you won't have to worry as much about an editor chopping your precious work to pieces'
Nov. 13th, 2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
That's a good one about the editor!
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