Do you ever dream of getting your book published with a big publisher like Wiley or Harper Collins?
Here’s my advice. Don’t waste your time.
There’s a much easier and profitable path to book publishing these days than dealing with the big publishers.
Let me explain.
I have been published 8 times with a traditional publisher: Wiley (and their predecessor Wrox Press).
I was the sole author of 3 books, and a co-author of 4 more.
But I don’t publish my books with the big publishers any more.
They SUCK compared to what you can do with self-publishing today.
Sure, Wiley is a reputable publisher. And I’m grateful for what I learned from publishing all those books with them. It gave me credibility when I was starting my career nearly 20 years ago.
But these days, it’s so much easier and more profitable to just self-publish your books on sites like Amazon. If I were just getting started in publishing today, I would start with Amazon.
Amazon makes it easy to sell your book in a digital format through Kindle, and in a printed format through CreateSpace.
And you don’t have to spend any money up front to get in front of Amazon’s millions of daily buyers. You just give them a small commission once the sale is made. And they hand you the buyers on a silver platter.
In fact, I’ve made more money from self-publishing my books and articles on my own web site and third party web sites than I ever made in royalties from Wiley.
Here’s why. You get to keep 90% or more of the money with self-publishing. But with traditional publishing, you only get to keep around 10% of it (and the publisher keeps the rest).
Do the math. Which one sounds more profitable?
Amazon has really leveled the playing field to allow anyone to be an author and compete with the big publishers.
To help you get started, Jynell and I put together a step-by-step report that teaches you how to publish your books and articles on Amazon.
Yes, you can become a bestselling author without a publisher.
This is your big chance. Don’t waste it.
P.S. Wiley and all the other big publishers out there: If you’re reading this, I challenge you to prove me wrong. Make me a new book offer I can’t refuse.
I’ll likely tell you NO because it won’t hold a candle to what I can make in self-publishing. (I would love to know how the big publishers plan to compete with the self-publishing opportunities, because I just don’t see how they can). :-)
P.P.S. Are you someone who’s also made more money with self-publishing than with a traditional publisher? I’d love to know if anyone else has faced the same experience. Please leave your feedback in the comments section below.