I would be lying if I said I chose self publishing over traditional.
Traditional is the dream every writer aims for. Not only because they are able to market your book in a way that generate sales, but it it someone else to believe in something you have worked hard to complete.
Writing a book takes time, hard work and dedication. Hours of sitting at your computer, or writing by hand. Hours editing only to find you’ve missed several errors. There are days when you look at your work and want to scream with joy. There are other days when self doubt creeps in like a stealthy shadow.
To be traditionally published takes effort. As much effort as you took writing your book. You need to write a cover letter about yourself. Also, A synopsis of your story. I found them more difficult than writing the whole manuscript. Had to enlist the help of an editor to even know what to write.
You need to do your research on what publisher to choose. Send to those who have published your genre before. Make sure you read their submission details. It can be overwhelming.
You wait, for months sometimes, to find rejection emails. If you are lucky enough to get a contract with a publisher (non vanity) or agent, that’s brilliant. For the majority of writers that isn’t the case.
There is nothing wrong in self-publishing. There are many Indie author success stories. If you do choose self-publishing, you have one hundred percent happy with the result before it goes on public media.
You need to understand that marketing isn’t just writing a book and sharing it on social media. Lots of congratulations, but not many book sales. I have a lot to learn about marketing, but I know that much from experience. I wish I had all the answers, but I’m still learning myself.
This is why I write these posts. I have been there. Rejection emails, where you have nearly made it, but not quite. Part of the reason could be that I self-published with a vanity publisher first. My first book could have been so much better if I had paid for an editor instead.
So, whether you are traditionally published, or decided to be an Indie author, be proud. Not everyone can write a book. Yes, it is helpful to sell a few copies, but writing an achievement nobody can take away from you.