5 Types of Writers Who Should Self-Publish

Posted on May 22, 2013


Nowadays, self-publishing is becoming more and more common as the route of traditional publishing becomes increasingly challenging for authors to maneuver. Self-publishing advice is springing up everywhere. Take a moment to Google it and you’ll find discussions, questions, tips, and companies galore. We hear about self-published authors, and we read their books. However, who are these self-published writers, exactly? Which of the authors out there choose to self-publish, and why?Self-Publish-Release

1.      New authors

This is possibly the most obvious category of self-published writers out there. If you’ve never written, or at least never published a book before, and have done even the barest amount of research about publishing, you know how tricky the business can be. These days it’s practically impossible to get the attention of a traditional publishing company without having a literary agent on your side—and let’s face it, as a new author, it’s even hard to get agents’ attention. When you’re just starting out and your name is unknown in the publishing world, self-publishing can be a great option. You not only have a chance to get your voice out there and make a reputation for yourself, but you’re also able to retain rights and have a part in the publishing process.

2.      Authors who want to be involved

In light of that last statement, those concerned with their rights are another “type” of self-published writers. All authors have invested a lot of time and energy into their works and often prefer to be a part of every step of the process of finishing their books.  This may be especially true depending on the genre of the work—sometimes the cover doesn’t matter as much; other times, being able to hand-create or choose exactly how the book will be formatted is important. If someone has a particular vision for his finished book already, then handing over the process to designers with different ideas and stepping back might not be suitable for him. For some writers, their books are their “children” and they want to remain involved in every part of the creation process and keep all rights for themselves. They have visions in mind for their books that they want to carry out.

3.      Authors with plans

This is important. The writers who choose to self-publish are generally the ones who have long-term plans or goals beyond simply putting their text into print and hoping to make some money. Successful self-published authors are the ones who begin with the end in mind: they are prepared to self-promote their books, to blog, to create a website, to be involved in social media, to invest the time in “getting the word out” themselves. They realize that they might not make much money, but they know if they follow their plans they can achieve their goals of sharing their writing with an audience. For those who aren’t sure how to navigate the waters of publicizing their books, traditional publishing may be a better method.

4.      Authors in a hurry

Going along hand-in-hand with the above category are the authors who are in a hurry to publish their works. If your book is already finished, if you’ve perhaps even already proofread and revised your work once or twice, you might not want to wait any longer by spending the time on traditional publishing. Between finding an interested agent and then finding an interested publisher, you can lose a lot of valuable time that could have been spent on the actual publishing or publicizing processes. When you choose to self-publish, you aren’t hampered by your agent’s or your editor’s busy schedule. You’re not waiting on publishers to accept or reject your work and listening to them tell you what you can or can’t do, and should or shouldn’t do.

5.      Authors with a niche

Finally, there are authors who write rather specialized books. They don’t necessarily appeal to a wide range of readers or a hugely popular market. Let’s face it: traditional publishers are focused on the writers and the books that they believe will make money now, regardless of other books’ quality, literary value, or life advice. If your book doesn’t fall into a specific category that is popular and profitable at this time in the market, then it may not even matter how great it is. Traditional publishing might not work out for you.

So, do you fit into any of these categories? Have you weighed the pros and cons of self-publishing and traditional publishing? If you find yourself fitting into one of these “types,” you may want to consider self-publishing to be your best bet for a successful and enjoyable publishing experience.

Rachel Schade, Editor and Writer, Asta Publications


Asta Publications has a long history of helping writers tell their stories and get published. Since 2004, Asta Publications has helped hundreds of authors bring their book concepts to life and we are ready to help you too! Our dedication to our authors is unmatched. We deliver first-class products and services that are accurate, high quality, and exceed our authors’ expectations.

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