Madelaine Shaw-Wong



The Hidden Truth about Self-publishing

Posted on August 11, 2016 at 3:30 PM

I have found this writer, Derek Murphy,, helpful in exposing the truth about self-publishing. He tells it like it is. "The first book you write will probably be terrible because you're learning how to write." Most traditionally published authors don't earn out their advance, making less than 10% per book. Self-published authors have to learn everything from scratch. Most don't realize the amount of work involved. Some small presses make you pay for some of the services and then want to split the cost. It may be harder to be published by a traditional publisher if you are self-published, unless you can show sales figures of greater than 5000 copies. Makes sense. Who would take a chance on an author who doesn't know how to promote?

Read his article here: ;

His honesty is a breath of fresh air to me. It's easy to get bogged down and confused by the many false promises of predatory self-publishing companies.

None of this surprises me, the learning curve and the amount of work involved. I published Cradling the Past in the days before e-books. I realize the task is daunting, but I am not discouraged. I write the best books I can and intend to market them as best I can.

As for financial rewards, I'm not counting on it. I write because I want to write.

Categories: My writing journey

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