Author Business, Writing Business

Your Writing Career as a Self Published Fiction Author

Since Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) came along, there are a lot of first time authors using Kindle to launch their writing career. They decide that they’re going the Kindle publishing route, because traditional publishing is difficult to break into. I wish I had started publishing on Kindle a lot sooner. I’m definitely not on the fast track to success, but I am in control of my career. That’s one of the perks of going the self publishing route.

There are a lot of people trying to publish a book the traditional way–and I don’t blame them, there’s a lot to be said about getting published the traditional way.  With traditional publishing, your manuscript often ends up at the bottom of the slush pile and never grabs an editor’s attention.

Why? Because you’re leaving your work to the whims of what the publishing industry is looking for. You’re trying to get your foot into a door that thousands of other people are trying to get their foot in. And honestly, editors and agents don’t have time for that many people. They have to be super selective and try to go with sure bets. More often than not, it has nothing to do with the quality of your writing.

Many authors, who have been overlooked with traditional publishing, have found a great deal of success on Kindle – plus, the money is better. With traditional publishing, you only get a small portion of the proceeds.

The general amount of the cover price the author will see from a mass market paperback is determined by percentage – and that percentage depends on the publishing company that buys your book.

You would first have to earn out any advance that you’re paid before you see royalties. The truth is that traditional publishing doesn’t pay that well. Another truth is that some of these publishing companies are not open to first time authors who don’t have an agent.

If you do land an agent, that agent then gets about 15% of your earnings right off the top. The payouts all go to the agent first and then you get paid. By publishing through Kindle, you get to keep more of the profits. You get to decide every aspect of your book, from the cover design, the front matter, and where it will be published. Amazon’s KDP isn’t the only place to publish your books. 😉

If you want to be in charge of your own writing career and run your author business the way you want, then self publishing is the way to go. But thinking about doing it won’t get it done. If you want to see your words in print and you want to earn money with your writing work, then you need to get started. You need to take charge and take control. That means setting deadlines for yourself and treating your writing as a real business.

All the best,

For more information, these books from Joanna Penn are excellent choices. I don’t have all of these, but I have several of them. 😉 Scroll through the carousel below to find one you’re interested in.

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