Michael Hyatt, former CEO of Thomas Nelson, uses the term, Author as Entrepreneur, in the video below. He is sharing about WestBow Press, a self publishing division of Thomas Nelson. Over the past few years, the status of self publishing has risen.
I put a lot of research into self publishing vs. traditional publishing. Blogs, articles, and author friends of mine had a lot of different advice. Some said to stay far away from self publishing. Others said that self publishing is an excellent option.
For me it came down to a few things that helped me make this decision:
- The idea of being an author and an entrepreneur is attractive to me. I like the idea of being in business for myself and ultimately being responsible for my success.
- It is also attractive to me to work with a division of Thomas Nelson. I will be able to use their expertise and name recognition.
- I did not want to wait the length of time that it probably would take to go through the traditional publishing process of writing queries, hiring an agent, and finding a publishing house that would accept my manuscript.
Ultimately, the decision was mine to make. But as I was on the phone with the WestBow representative, I felt very strange. She even commented about how I did not seem very excited. Believe me, I am excited!
The strange emotion lasted for most of the day. Finally, as I was getting ready for bed, I processed with my wife what I thought was going on inside of me. Why did I feel so strange?
I decided that making this commitment made everything seem more real. Another thought lingered around the edges of my mind – “Do I really want to take the risk of sharing some of my life, my story, my passions?”
The answer is yes. But, I do not take what I am doing lightly.
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