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Is Self Publishing Worth It?

We're back with another entry on our quest to answer the most asked questions related to publishing. We've answered the big questions; how to write a book, will writing a book make you rich, and is writing a book worth it. If you're reading this, you're probably wondering whether or not self-publishing is worth it. There are many factors to consider. Let's dig in and weigh our options.


You're considering self-publishing, a viable option for getting your work out into the world. Whether self-publishing is worth it or not depends on your author goals and individual circumstances. In identifying your publishing goals, think about what's most important to you as you release your book into the world. Once you identify what's most important to you on your publishing journey, you'll need to weigh the pros and cons of this publishing option.


There are several advantages to self-publishing:

  • Greater control over the creative process and final product

  • Faster turnaround time to market

  • Higher royalties for you, since you don't have to split them with a publisher

  • Greater flexibility in terms of pricing, distribution and promotion

There are also several challenges to self-publishing worth noting:

  • Self-published books may not have the same distribution and visibility as traditionally-published books

  • Self-publishing can be expensive, and the author is responsible for all costs associated with editing, design, and promotion

  • Self-publishing can be time-consuming, and the author must invest a lot of time and effort into marketing and promoting their book

  • Self-published books may not be taken as seriously by the industry and readers

Whether self-publishing is worth it or not, depends on your own goals and motivations, your expectations and your willingness to put in the time and effort required to make it successful. It's important to weigh the pros and cons and decide what is the best option for you and your book.

For every challenge included above, there are actions that can help counteract it. If you'd like to chat about some of the counteractions as well as the benefits of receiving the support of a Coach as you get your book ready for publishing, Schedule a Discovery Session to find out how we can help you.

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