Self-Publishing is gaining momentum and with the advance technology available today is making it easier for anyone who has desire and dedication to become a published author. Even though many publishing companies does not considered a self-publication worthy to call the author a “published author” I believe it has more or the same weight than any other author contracted by them. There is no secret that many famous writers started as self-published authors and there is still good writers discovered by their amazing skills not only in their writing but by their book marketing efforts.
So what are the characteristics that set self-published authors apart?
• Passion – First of all these writers are passionate about their writing. Some of them try to get published the conventional way but if they are convinced that their work is invalidly rejected they don’t give up hope.
• Dedication – Unlike writers who are on a timetable in order to get their book published at a certain time, self-published authors work on their books as long as it takes. The revisions and editing can go on forever or until he is satisfied with the final product.
• Marketing Skills – They learn many aspects of the publishing business in order to succeed since they have nobody to rely on but themselves. These make them skillful when it comes to marketing their books, something every author should know how to do no matter how their book is published. They are also proactive about making the right business connections to help them grow their market.
• Lifetime Learners – In order to stay competitive, self-published authors are always looking for ways to learn the different aspects of the book industry that they can utilize in their on going promoting campaigns, websites, blogs, printing and design.
I guess these are some of the qualities that publishers see when they discover a good writer. It saves time to contract someone that has proved themselves with their self-published book and has learned to market it to their audience than to contract a good writer who knows nothing about book marketing.
So if you are among the ranks of self-published authors don’t be ashamed, be proud. Make sure your work is worthy to be published. Have it revised, edited and critiqued by professionals even if you have to pay them. Your self-published book might open the door to many other great opportunities in the publishing business; make it the best you can.
Author of Simplicity – Richness of Life