If you are considering becoming a published author, self-publishing might be the best way to publish your book. There are several advantages to self-publishing that you might not have considered.
First, and most important, self-publishing places you firmly in control of your book. Conversely, when a traditional publishing company agrees to publish your book, they make many decisions regarding the editing of the manuscript, the cover, the title, and the marketing that can impact not only how well your book will sell but also how it will be received by the reading public.
Self-publishing is also faster than traditional publishing. With the traditional publishing process, it could take over a year to find a publisher interested in even reviewing your book proposal, and several more months before going to contract. After the contract is signed, it could easily take another 18 months before your book gets released to the public. That is a long time to wait.
Self-publishing also allows you to retain all the profits from your endeavor. While you may have to put some money in upfront (depending on the method you use to self-publish your book) you will not have to wait for years, or even months, before you begin to receive any income. Most publishers only pay royalties once or twice a year and then those royalties are only a small percentage of the book price. When you self-publish your book, once you have covered any publication costs, everything you earn is pure profit.
Finally, it cannot be overlooked that self-publishing offers you an opportunity to become published–an opportunity that you might not otherwise have. The simple fact is that traditional publishing is highly competitive, and many worthwhile manuscripts (and authors) cannot find a publishing home although there may well be an eager and receptive audience for that book.
However, self-publishing may not be for everyone. If you are still struggling with your writing and voice, or your manuscript still needs polishing, then you should continue to work on your book and perhaps bring in the assistance of a critique group or professional editor. Self-publishing a book that is not yet ready for publication could be a costly mistake. If your manuscript has been polished and well-received by several critical readers then you should at least consider self-publishing your book.
Not only does self-publishing offer you the advantages of complete control, faster publication, and higher profits, it is easier and less expensive than it has ever been before, thanks to modern technology. Self-publishing could be the outlet you need, to become a published author.