The Reality of Self Publishing

Shimmer: The Chronicles of Maladore

The Chronicles of Maladore

There are many advan­tages to get­ting a big pub­lish­ing house to pub­lish your book. They do the edit­ing, for­mat­ting and cov­er design for you. You write the book and they take care of the pro­duc­tion aspects. That’s great but what about the rights to the book? So sor­ry, the pub­lish­ing house now owns your book.  They tell you how you will pro­mote and give you a roy­al­ty. But you have lost con­trol of your cre­ative endeav­or.

As a child I always dreamed of being a writer. So as I grew up I stud­ied the pub­lish­ing indus­try and tried to under­stand how I could get a pub­lish­ing con­tract. I was amazed as I watched the indus­try of writ­ing and pub­lish­ing change over the years. I must admit I was a bit skep­ti­cal at first. I had believed the lie that self pub­lish­ing wasn’t real­ly pub­lish­ing.  That is not true any more!

I even­tu­al­ly dis­cov­ered that self pub­lish­ing was indeed a viable option for writ­ers.  True, the author was respon­si­ble for all aspects of the pro­duc­tion of said book.  That is a lot of respon­si­bil­i­ty for a cre­ative per­son. Details don’t real­ly come nat­u­ral­ly for me! I can assure you the amount of details involved in pub­lish­ing a book are of epic pro­por­tions.

As I am work­ing on the var­i­ous aspects of our newest book, I was remind­ed that I was doing what had seemed impos­si­bly dif­fi­cult only a year ago.  A year ago we wrote our first fic­tion book, Shim­mer, and tack­led self pub­lish­ing. It was a daunt­ing task.  But I can assure you it is doable!  We did it and you can too!

At this point we have moved over 600 copies of Shim­mer.

Now as we pre­pare to pub­lish the sec­ond book in the series, The Chron­i­cles of Mal­adore, I am over­whelmed with the truth that we own all the rights to our book. We can pro­mote and mar­ket as we see fit. We have total con­trol of our cre­ative pro­duct. What a free­dom there is in that!

Self pub­lish­ing is such an amaz­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty for any author that has a sto­ry to tell. It is no longer up to some pub­lish­ing com­pa­ny to decide if your work is good enough. It is up to the read­ers to decide.

Big thank you’s to all of our read­ers that have decid­ed that the adven­tures in the land of Mal­adore are wor­thy of your time.

Bless­ings to you all as we con­tin­ue our jour­ney of writ­ing sto­ries that have a mes­sage. Be sure to read the newest and soon to be released,

Redemption’s Price: The Chron­i­cle of Mal­adore

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