Today I've brought in Heather Thurmeier, who has graciously decided to share with us, the reason she self-published! After all, as writers we should keep all our options open and dive in when we feel the timing and opportunity is right!
Heather has it all, from agented to published to self-published. She can tell you what each phase feels like and why she's recently taken the road to self-publish town.
Take it away Heather!!
Why I Self-Published
No it wasn’t for the fame and fortune of it. LOL. Do those things exist for people who are new to the business and go it alone? I don’t know. Ask me in a year and maybe I’ll have an answer. So far I can buy a fancy coffee at Starbucks, but not a fancy car. ;)
There’s been a lot of chatter around the web about self-publishing and whether it’s bad or good or great or will end the publishing world as we know it. Mwhahahaha! (Evil laugh.) I don’t know the answer to that. All I can offer is why I decided on this route for this book.
I’ll give you a hint… It’s not because I can’t sell my work to publishers or because it’s too crappy to land me an agent.
I am agented. I am published with an epublisher. I am actively perusing traditional publishing with New York. And I just self-published a novel. Why?
Because I can.
Amazon, Nook, and Smashwords are available options for authors looking to get their books into the hands of readers. Not every book written will get picked up by an agent and then picked up by a big publisher—that’s a fact. But does it mean that particular book is garbage? Nope. Well, I’m sure agents and publishers see their fair share of not-so-good manuscripts in the slush pile. But it could also be as simple as that particular book not fitting a specific mold. Is it possible that book still has a market and a readership out there somewhere? Yep. And you might be able to find it on your own.
I’m not a die-hard self-publisher on a mission to convert you. I’m not a die-hard traditionalist either. Heck, I haven’t been around long enough to have a solid opinion on either of them! Since I’m new to this whole writing and publishing business, I figured why not try out all the options available. The fact is self-publishing is an accessible, viable, and sometimes a lucrative option. And it’s definitely one that’s worth exploring.
Pros: You have full control over content, cover, price, and distribution. And you have potential to earn high royalties.
Cons: You have to do the work to polish that content, produce a good cover, monitor your price in the marketplace, and spend the HOURS it takes to format, upload and distribute your book. And you have to put up the cost for those things out of your own pocket.
Now that I’ve self-published one book, I’m not sure if I’ll do it again or not. It was hard and time consuming but also satisfying and rewarding. For me, exploring all options in publishing is important so that I can make the most educated decision for my books, for my career, and ultimately for my readers.
What you have to consider now is what’s best for your books, your career, and your readers. What option will you choose? Or will try them all?
~Heart, humor and a happily ever after
Facebook: Heather Thurmeier, author
Blurb for BUNNY HILLS AND BIKINIS:
Amelia Brooks agrees to a weekend retreat in California, thinking it will be held in sunny Malibu only to find out she’s stuck in chilly Lake Tahoe for four long days—just what a girl from Minnesota wants to hear in the middle of winter. Now instead of wiggling her toes in the sand, her feet are squeezed into her new manufactured-by-Satan-himself-uncomfortable boots. If that’s not enough, Amelia’s obnoxious colleague William has decided this is the weekend they'll finally be together and he won't keep his thoughts—or his hands—to himself.
Amelia’s ready to kick off those boots and peel off her wooly sweater once she meets Nate Miller—the workshop’s hunky presenter. But Nate's not ready to settle down. He's seen his workshop buddies fall in love then fall out of the running for being promoted to the big city workshop circuit and he's not about to let that happen to his life's dream—until he gets involved with Amelia. Now he's not so sure he can walk away at the end of the weekend with his heart intact and his promotion in hand.
Now Amelia's got four days to stave off William's persistent advances long enough to fall in love with Nate and possibly…learn to ski the bunny hill.
Amazon.com -- http://bit.ly/sMZYXC
Smashwords.com -- http://bit.ly/sgV55A
Go check out Heather! She's amazing!