Let’s talk self-publishing.
The Perspective Essays is a self-published work. The Q & A section of the main site has a section where it discusses why the book was self published. Self-publishing allows for complete control of how a writer wants their book to be throughout the entire process. Having to deal with the demand and pressure of a publishing house may be for some people but it is not for everyone, especially if the person is not willing to compromise the integrity of their book to appease a publisher.
Granted, there are advantages to a publishing house but (at least in my view, anyway) the rewards of self-publishing are much more fulfilling. This is not to say that it is easy. If there is anything that is learned from this experience is that it is not easy and every step and failure is a learning experience (sometimes learned more than once). One could even say that it is downright discouraging what it is returned in the beginning. Today’s public (at least in this country) is largely distracted by big names and big show that the new writer is left by the wayside. A publishing house could easily remedy that by presenting the new writer and their work while lauding their premier effort.
It is not to say that publishing houses are “bad” or anything of the sort. The question the writer must ask themselves ultimately is how much they are willing to compromise their integrity and that of their work for the sake of earning notoriety and sales. Unfortunately, many choose to compromise themselves just to make a product and name for themselves. The choice was theirs. When the time came to work on and release The Perspective Essays as a book, there was no question that it would be a self-published work.
Despite the setbacks, the accomplishment or writing a book (especially a book like The Perspective Essays) is fairly exciting. Granted, it would be nice to have more of an interest in the book and that is what this site and all others in the Links section are trying to do. One of the bigger challenges right now is social media.
On a personal note, I do not use social media. It is used only for promoting the book. When people sign up for a social media site, they are presented with a million things to like and follow. Most people just scroll down that list and don’t bother reading their feed to see what is happening with what it is they supposedly liked. Perhaps I am too much of an antique to get how social media works. The Facebook and Twitter pages were close to being deleted but I was reasoned out of deleting them. Right now, dealing with the internet and its plethora of nonsense rules is the biggest challenge.
Suffice to say, the book will keep on being promoted through whatever means are available. This site is a way to do that. Self-publishing (TRUE self-publishing, not paying a company or entity to publish a book for you) is perhaps one of the toughest things out there. There is no easy answer or statement that can finalize a sentiment for self-publishing. If anything, it is a work in progress. It is not an easy task by any means but when there is interest from a person or even when a sale is made, it makes the hard work for the book worth it.