Why I Am Self-Published
It's nice to meet you! I'm A M Jenner, and I write fantasy and suspense novels. The question I’m most often asked is, "Why are you self-published?" Most people think the answer is that I'm not "good enough" to get an agent or publishing contract. The truth is this: I choose to be self-published.
People believe having a contract with a publisher means the publisher sets up all your promotions and book tours, pays for it, and all you have to do is go where you're told and sign books. Not true for most authors; only the “stars” get star treatment. Everyone else does their own promotions. By self-publishing, I do my own promotions just like any other non-star author.
I like owning autographed books. So do most readers; this is why authors do book signings. My books are sent directly to my readers, so I design and hand-make bookplates; labels to put in the front of a book that show who the owner is. We have a different design for each book, and anyone who buys a print book only has to email me and ask for one. I inscribe the bookplate to them and mail it, free. Everyone who buys my books can have them signed, not just the lucky few who come to a formal signing.
Like any other author, my books are available in print and ebook. My print books are paperbacks because I want to save my readers the cost of hardbacks. My ebooks are sold for considerably less than my print books, because electrons are less expensive than paper. I refuse to charge paper prices for electrons. As a self-published author, I control the price, and keep it as low as possible for my readers.
I have control over my books. No editor tells me to change things. I tell the story right. I make the cover the way it should look. No one tells me what my next book is about, or when it needs to be finished. I usually put in 6-8 hours daily writing, editing, preparing for publication, or promoting my books; but I have the option to rearrange my schedule if a family emergency turns my life inside out.
Finally, there's the money. Authors with a publishing contract typically get around 10% of the sale price of their hardbacks, and 8% on paperbacks and ebooks. They pay their agents 10-15% of what they get from the publisher. The author gets whatever's left. As a self-published author, I get between 30-60% of my print sales, and anywhere between 40-70% of my ebook sales, depending on the point of purchase.
The question is often, "Why are you self-published?" The answer is, "Why would I pay other people most of my money for the privilege of giving them the rights to my creations?"
Okay everyone, now that you've finished that taquito, it's GIVEAWAY time!!! The winner of this contest will get to pick an ecopy of any one of A.M. Jenner's books! They are: