One of the biggest questions I faced when considering publishing paths is “Is self-publishing the right path for me?” Hearing from agents “this is good, but…” (too niche market, crosses genres, etc.) doesn’t automatically mean one’s only option is to go it alone. In my journey, I’ve met many who have found a great home for their stories with small presses.
My desire to strike out on my own had more to do with my desire for autonomy and my existing experience in magazine publishing—two things that gave me a certain edge in taking on being my own publisher.
When I was invited to contribute to Indiestructible, I knew that “is it right for ME?” was the question I felt most qualified to talk about. Indie publishing can be overwhelming and disheartening if you lack a key thing: entrepreneurial drive. Having experience with either design or marketing or basic business skills is a bonus, but many of these areas can be outsourced.
What can’t be outsourced is vision. You have to have it for yourself. No one is going to build the right one for you and your work if you don’t have one. A publicist can only get you so far. Even he or she will ask you to build a long-term plan—one built from your vision for your work.
My article “Five Essentials to Succeed in Self-Publishing” teases out what comprises an entrepreneurial spirit. These include being:
- Eager to Learn
Other contributors to this collection share personal stories about learning to dig deep and develop “the entrepreneur within” so that their stories had a chance in the world. Indiestructible is sure to be an inspiring and eye-opening resource for anyone considering the indie path.
What questions arise for you as you consider the question “which publishing path is right for ME?”
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About Laurel Garver:
Laurel Garver is a magazine editor, poet, and writer of faith-based fiction. She enjoys quirky independent films, British TV, and geeking out about Harry Potter and Dr. Who. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Learn more about her books at her website.