After publishing three books in our traditional ways with fair amount of success in terms of books sales and readers appreciation, I have finally reinvented my writing journey.
I chose the transition because:
1. Traditional publishers try to make you feel like they are doing a great favor to you by publishing the book. You feel petty and inconsequential, more so if you are a non-fiction author.
2. Traditional publishers are slow and editing takes forever. I had a bitter experience with a known publishing house which very quickly signed on the dotted line and then kept changing editors on the manuscript for six months. After that, they informed me that they are short of editors and will need time. They dilly dallied throughout the contract period of one and a half year with an apology email sent to me.
3. The royalties paid as peanuts make you feel that you write only because you want to. You pay to your publisher even to buy your own books. My first book sold more than a lakh of copies with a national award but I still need to buy my own books (at a discounted price) for my workshops.
4. Self-publishing has empowered me as an author and I have connected with an amazing set of authors who have become self-publishing phenomena in their respective categories.
I am new in this space and I am waiting to explore this new space with my book “DON’T RAISE YOUR CHILDREN, RAISE YOURSELF”. As soon as I upload it next week on Amazon, I will discover new readers and a whole new digital world. Though the number of e-book readers in India is very less, I am hopeful that my book will appeal to a global audience and I won’t miss the traditional publishing.
Waiting for a redemption, I am already writing my next one.