Published on: Oct 28, 2014
This interview was conducted by Angela B. Chrysler.
Brain to Books: For those of you who are undecided on the avenues of self-publishing or traditional publishing, we conducted an interview with Allisia Wysong, the self-published author of Traditionally Defiant: Caraline. Thank you, for taking the time to answer our questions, Ms. Wysong. My first question is, why self-publish? What made you choose self-publishing over traditional publishing?
Allisia Wysong: lol…Truthfully it was for a couple reasons. One…for the reason you’re making Brain to Books, I had a hard time finding info on the traditional route. I wanted an agent or to get signed, but my book didn’t fall into any specific category. Self-publishing allowed me to publish my book the way I wanted. Also, I get a large amount of the profits. I joined a few sites on Facebook for self-publishing that taught me a lot! The other reason was that there was more information on self-publishing than traditional.
Brain to Books: Was it easy getting started with self-publishing? More specifically, what kind of obstacles, if any, did you run into along the way?
Allisia Wysong: Finding someone to edit my book was a challenge and promotion is all on me. I did meet two amazing women that helped me edit and gave me feedback on Traditionally Defiant: Caraline. They helped me promote on their FB pages and one even started her own publicizing FB group (I am an admin. on there too). I had to learn how to Blog, Tweet, FB, and I found Goodreads, and other self-publishing sites that help to get your name out there. At first, when you self-publish, you feel alone. But if you can find groups, or join RWA (Romance Writers of America) you can get a support team behind you. Creating and getting the book up on Amazon is pretty easy with CreateSpace.com. They help you with templates and you can even pay them to do it for you. I did mine, myself at first, then, had a fellow author create me a cover with a pic I found off a photographer’s website (He let me buy it). All in all, it was easy to self-publish, but the work comes in the marketing it yourself. I’m still not all that great at it, but I’m getting better.
Brain to Books: Is there any part of the process you wish you had done differently now that you have the advantage of hindsight?
Allisia Wysong: I would have researched more, come up with my cover, and made sure all was just right before I submitted it. I published two versions of the book because I had to fix the font and formatting that I learned later. So my best advice to new self-publishers is make sure everything is exactly the way you want it, to prevent confusing your readers. Also, make your genre clear. I have two bad reviews because the people thought they were getting a romance not a Christian romance. Though mine was hotter than most Christian ones, there was no sex and this disappointed people. I have a few other books I am working on and, now that I have learned better grammar, formatting, and what people are looking for, I feel more confident and that is very important. If you don’t LOVE your book how do you expect others to?
Brain to Books: We hear a lot about book reviews and their importance to self-publishers. What does a book review do for a self-published author?
Allisia Wysong: Book reviews are important for all authors (I have a blog that I do reviews for traditional authors). But for a self-published author, indie writers, it gets your name out there. The more good reviews a book gets the higher ranking it gets which leads to more people finding it. Also, this is how awards are won; best sellers and such. Reviews can make or break an indie writer.
Brain to Books: What pros and cons are there about self-publishing?
Allisia Wysong: Pro’s: Set your own deadline. More money from the sale and royalties, creative control, and having say over where and when you will sell your book. Everything is in your hands, basically. Cons: Everything is up to you. When you are with a company, they handle sales, distributions, meet and greets, everything. They also pay for it all. Whereas self-publishers have to buy their own books to bring with them to meet and greets they have to find and set up. The Pro’s and Con’s are all up to you. I know one person who wanted to self-publish so she could take control of everything whereas this is my con. I personally hate that part. lol.
Brain to Books: If a writer decides to self-publish, where do they go to find a “printing press”, so to speak?
Allisia Wysong: There are a lot of companies that will help print your books, WestBow ($), CreateSpace.com (free and $), KDP (free) (kindle Direct Publishing), those are the ones I know off the top of my head. KDP and createspace are my favorite(s).
Brain to Books: If you are comfortable answering, what does it cost to self-publish? Are there any expenses or fees associated with it?
Allisia Wysong: The only thing it costs me is time. Createspace was free to do the book, and send it out into the world (with this website, it can be sent to Amazon as well). The cost of your books and gas will come into play if you do signings. Createspace gives discounted price on the books. That is another plus to doing it yourself. You decide what you want to spend. I have free giveaways and promotions, but can set it up on Amazon to have the book for free at that time, so I am not paying anything.
Brain to Books: If you had it to do over again, would you self-publish?
Allisia Wysong: Yes, for my first book it was perfect. I liked meeting all the new people I did through self-publishing and I like what I am learning about how to publish. Even if others go the traditional route, it is good to learn this side so you are not taken advantage of by a bad agency who gives high prices or low quality on the services they offer. By doing it this way I have found out what I want out of an agency/publishing company. If I don’t find it, I will keep self-publishing. It is your book, your baby so to speak. You are the only one who really knows what you want done with it.
Brain to Books: I believe that concludes our interview. Thank you so much for taking time out to speak with us. For more information on Allisia Wysong and where you can purchase her book, Traditionally Defiant: Caraline, visit http://traditionallydefiant.blogspot.com
The views and opinions expressed herein are solely the views and expressions of the interviewee and do not necessarily represent the views of Brain to Books. Brain to Books makes no claim as to the truth or accuracy of any claims expressed herein.