I am the author of “Is Life Worth It? Sex, Money and Power from a Psychics Point of View.” I decided to self publish my book when I wanted to be a published author. I did not try to send my manuscript to traditional publishers like Random House, Hay House or Double Day. I instead tried to self publish right away.
I wanted my work to be seen and it did not matter to me if I was going to make $1.00 or $1,000,000 dollars. I only wanted to touch the lives of other people through my writing. If you are considering self publishing, then please note that the experience is tremendous. There is no greater feeling then to see your writing in print.
I researched different self publishing companies and I came across a company called Infinity Publishing. I decided to choose Infinity Publishing because it would only cost me $500.00 for my book to be published. This included the set-up, cover design, placing it on popular websites like Amazon.com and other websites. Infinity Publishing published my manuscript rather quickly. I did not have to wait a long time to see my book in print.
I am happy to say that I have sold more books than I thought I would. I have not sold 1,000 books, but I can tell you that I have touched at least 150 people with my book. To me, that is a lot of people. I don’t even have 150 friends, let alone selling 150 books.
If you go into self publishing with the realization that your book will only sell around 2,000 copies in it’s lifetime, then you will be a happy person. There are many successful self published authors in the world today who actually earn their living full time. However, these authors are few and very rare. Most self published authors struggle to make even 1 sale. It’s always a challenge. Just having your book listed on Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com will not make you millions of dollars or even hundreds of sales. I have learned to be patient with sales.
I think that it is a blessing to have a book in print. Not only are you touching people, but you are allowing people to be see your work in print. There are many self publishing companies out there like Infinity Publishing. I do suggest that you choose a company that does print on demand and submits your book to the book websites like Amazon.com. Print on demand is when a publishing company prints your book only when it is ordered. This saves you money becuase you don’t have to print out a ten thousand books. You can only print out 1 at a time if you would like.
If you want to get more sales for your book, then you must do your own marketing. You can create a web page for your book and put it into the search engines. It’s also important to do pay per click advertising. I have sold a few copies of my book through pay per click.
Just remember that if you are trying to self publish, then you must do it for the sole reason of wanting to see yourself in print. You most likely will never become a millionaire from the sales of your book/s and most likely you will never be on the Oprah show or Montel. It’s a fact that most authors don’t become rich off of their book sales. Most books only sell around 2,000 copies. The authors that we see on television probably have a good publicist that got them there. Publicists can be very expensive and even if you get on a radio or television show, you may not sell a lot of books.
The best way to self publish is to psychologically tell yourself that your words are going to be touching someone else’s life. It may be 1 person or a 1,000,000. It’s not the quantity of people that are reading your book, but it’s the fact that you are changing someone’s life forever.