You’ve poured your heart and soul into your story, spending every free moment between work and family time on it. You worked with a developmental editor and polished it to near perfection. You know it’s ready for the world, but you can’t seem to get past the gatekeepers of the publishing industry.

It takes time and patience to pursue traditional publishing. You know this, but it also feels like you have a few extra obstacles. Whether you’re a woman writing in a male-dominated genre or a writer of color telling a story about people like you, institutional -isms are keeping you from pursuing your goal.

It’s time to take matters into your own hands.

underrepresented writers

Self-publishing gets a bad rap, but things are changing. It used to be, and a few still believe that self-publishing is for those who just weren’t good enough to be published by a “real” publisher. There is still a sea of amateur work out there that doesn’t do much to prove them wrong.

HOWEVER, the tides are turning as authorpreneurs are taking over the scene.

It takes quite a lot of work to self-publish a book that will truly compete with the bigwigs. Finding, hiring, and managing the right team of experts is just the start of the process. But when all is said and done, there are some pretty enticing benefits to be earned.

There are some pretty enticing benefits to #selfpublishing, esp for underrepresented writers. Click To Tweet

Indie-authors have complete creative freedom and control over their work. They are the publisher, after all. Getting advice from experts helps them to make the best decisions for their books, but when push comes to shove they get the last word. This is true of visuals such as cover design and marketing materials, as well as editorial decisions and changes.

Self-publishing also affords you the most direct connection between your work and your readers. Rather than being filtered through a third party, you speak directly to readers through your work and your platform. Building a community of dedicated fans can be the most rewarding part of the entire process.

And last, but certainly not least, authorpreneurs stand to earn back their investment and start turning a profit on their work a heck of a lot fast than traditionally published authors. Now, we don’t write for the money, obviously. And expecting to be able to quit your day job and write full time isn’t the most realistic plan these days. But very few debut authors earn back their advance, which means they might never see royalties on their work. And even if they do, they get a small percentage after publishers and agents take their share.

#Authorpreneurs invest in themselves upfront and reap the rewards in the end. Click To Tweet

Like I said, it’s no small task to self-publish a book that can and will compete with the pros. But it can be done! The more authors willing to put in the work, the faster the tide of public opinion will change. Rising tides and all that.

To help you get started on your successful indie-author journey, I created the Ultimate Self-Publishing Checklist to give you a roadmap to achieving your dream. Download it using the form below!

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Author: Whynott Edit

Hi, I'm Megan! My mission is to help underrepresented writers refine their words, strengthen their skills, and tell the best possible versions of their stories.

If you have questions/comments/concerns about writing, editing, or publishing, or want to suggest a post topic, feel free to reach out to me! megan[at]whynottedit.com