Why Would You Publish a Book?
Dec 05, 2013
Today I saw some of the results of an author survey from our friends at Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest. In the survey, they found that about 19% of self-published authors reported $0 income from their writing. To some that may be shocking, but to others it’s no surprise. Over 60% of self-published authors said they earned in the range of $1-$4,999 in income from writing.
So does this mean that self-publishing a book may not be worth your time? It depends on why you set out to publish in the first place. We always say, if you’re doing it for the money, that’s not a good enough reason to publish a book, and maybe you should think more about your plans. There are many reasons why the authors we work with have decided to publish a book. Here are some you may consider:
For Fun… For those who enjoy the craft of writing, or are looking for a way to express themselves, writing a book is awonderful way togive life to creative ideas. The process of writing a book, having it designed, and published, is fun and interesting when you have the right support system.
To Leave Behind a Legacy… Maybe there is something unique or interesting that happened to you in your life that is worth sharing with the public. Or maybe you want to put your life story on paper so that your grandchildren and their grandchildren and so on will know all about your life’s experiences, and what they can learn from you. Sharing your story can be a fulfilling experience, and something that your family, friends, and even possibly the public, will treasure.
To Be a Recognized Subject Matter Expert… If you consider yourself to be an expert in something, what better way to prove it, and establish yourself as an expert in your field, than to write a book? Writing a book may add to the chance of booking speaking engagements and lectures, being used as a resource by the media, and more.
Business Building… Writing a book can offer a way to enhance your current business offerings, and can bring recognition to you and what your business offers. Your book can be sold to clients, given out as a promotional item, used to gain media attention to your company, and get the attention of potential new clients.
There are many more reasons why more and more people are publishing a book…what’s yours?