…that’s what you are if you self-publish
Think about the skills required to self-publish a book:
- Book cover design
- Market research
- Managing suppliers – editors, proofreaders, cover designers, marketers, distributors, sales agents, bookshops, etc
- Creating a marketing strategy
- Selling your book
- Monitoring sales figures
- Event management
If you have successfully self-published a book then you will have learnt some key publishing skills. If you haven’t published yet, you are in for an interesting journey. All of the above, plus more, is in store. There’s so much more to being an author than just writing a book. Self-publishing means taking control of, and responsibility for, everything that’s involved in getting your book in the hands of readers.
But don’t feel you have to learn everything and do everything. There’s support and help from fellow authors, organisations and companies that can help if you lack expertise or time. You can build your own team
This could be the first step of your journey to becoming an independent publisher and perhaps even helping other authors on their journey.
Once you start to think of yourself as a publishing professional rather than author, you’ll see the industry in a different light and your work will move in a different direction. Not right or wrong different, just different.