Your book is finally done and it’s time to start looking at your publishing options. Yippee! I give you full permission to break out the champagne and celebrate. You’ve earned it!
And now back to business…
Some quick statistics to put your mind at ease about self-publishing:
(these are all about eBooks – but that’s okay!)
- The Big Five traditional publishers now account for only 16% of the e-books on Amazon’s bestseller lists.
- Approximately 1,064,000 Kindle eBooks are sold per day
- 42% of all those books are independently (i.e. self) published
And the last stat you might be interested in… the “Big Five” traditional publishing houses are dwindling. What started out as the “Big Seven” when I started my publishing journey has changed. The Internet seems to be torn right now as to if they’re the Big Five or the Big Four but one fact remains: self-publishing (indie publishing) is taking over.Is traditional publishing dead? New stats show that self-publishing is taking over! #publishing Click To Tweet
Whew! Now that we’ve covered that, I firmly believe that while you can self-publish your book, that doesn’t mean you should take the DIY route. Self-publishing means that you, the author, retain control of the rights, the marketing, and major publishing decisions. You can retain this control without learning how to code eBooks or set up beautiful layouts for print books!
When you’re choosing a company to help you self-publish your book, there are three things you need to evaluate before signing a contract and making a payment.