Taking the Plunge: Self-Publishing (or Not)
|The manuscript in question.|
Credit: Elizabeth K. Humphrey
I'm going to self-publish.
Or at least I think I'm going to...I guess I need to get over my hesitation.
We all have them. Hesitations and those manuscripts printed, marked up, and relegated to the bottom drawer of a desk. Every once in a while, I pull out mine, pass it along to a reader, collect comments and back the draft goes. Life in a drawer. At one point, a large portion of my filing cabinet was devoted to the remnants of my WIPs (works-in-progress, but perhaps it should be WIHT, when-I-have-times).
Even though I need to make the final decision and I'm still not convinced I should do it, here are the reasons I've been thinking of self-publishing:
- I know my writing is ready and I want my writing to reach beyond the filing cabinet.
Sure, there is more to why I want to publish (going back to childhood reasons), but that in itself would take up another filing cabinet if I were to write my reasons.
Unfortunately, in my simple reason for wanting to self-publish is the complexity of the entire issue. While I want my writing to extend its reach, how much am I willing to support it. Let's face it, it doesn't need my support and nurturing when it's stuffed into the drawer.
I'm not saying I wouldn't have to support my novel if a traditional publisher took it on. But somehow being on the precipice of self-publishing seems just that much more daring.
Have you taken the plunge to self-publish? If so, what got you to go there? If not, what's holding you back from self-publishing?
Elizabeth King Humphrey is a writer and editor in North Carolina. Some say is the "writingist state"...if so, many file cabinet drawers must be stuffed to overflowing.