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Reason 3 to Self-Publish–Publish Your Book Your Way

Authors who have been signed to contracts with mainline commercial publishers, as I have, are often surprised by the lack of creative control they maintain over their work. What do I mean by a lack of creative control?

• Are you happy with your core content as is? The publisher will have “better” ideas for your content and often has “rules” or “style guidelines” you must follow.

• Do you have a great title idea? That’s nice, but the final decision belongs to the publisher’s marketing, sales and product development team.

• Do you have a great idea for a cover design? Not so fast. That decision is made by the publisher’s marketing department–not by the author.

 

I have signed traditional contracts with Christian publishers who had a number of ideas on how to improve my manuscript (read: change) into the book they had in mind: “Add stories!” or  “Let’s ditch those two chapters and replace them with two chapters that deal with…” or “Go back through the manuscript and add interactive exercises for leaders to use in their ministries…” and the list goes on.

As to examples of rules and style guidelines, some I have been issued by Christian publishers are these:  “Please do not use gender references for God (don’t use ‘Father,’ because too many people had bad dads),” or “Do not use the  phrase ‘born again’–sounds too evangelical,” and “Don’t refer to the Bible as ‘God’s Word.'”  These could affect your content more than you realize.

To be fair, as “annoying” as the  “intrusions” of mainline publishers can be, their expertise often does keep authors out of trouble (particularly in the area of book titling and cover design, though sometimes with core content as well). The wise author understands that, along with the creative freedom of self-publishing comes responsibility.

For example, two things have been consistent in my two decades plus of experience in the Christian publishing biz: 1) authors typically have poor title ideas for their books, and 2) they have even poorer ideas for their book’s cover design (especially when they try to design them). This is aggravated by their conviction that their title idea and cover design are just about perfect. There is no reason for writers to feel bad about this. After all, one cannot be an expert in everything 🙂

As a self-published author, you’ll need to either put in the time to become an expert in book titling, marketing, copywriting for your book’s cover copy or ads, and on creating a great cover design, or hire gifted professionals to do them for you.

If you need help titling your book, or in crafting attention-grabbing, pitch-perfect marketing copy for your book’s cover (and an author bio that you would be too modest to write), we can help.

Self-publishing allows you to publish your book your way. The wise author also understands that with that freedom comes responsibility to become more savvy, particularly in the area of book marketing, copywriting, and more.

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Click here to read: Reason 2 to Self-Publish–A Contract Does Not Guarantee You Will Be Published

Click here to read: Reason 1 to Self-Publish–The Game Has Changed

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