Chris A. Baird | May 6, 2020
Does self-publishing hurt your chances to become popular?

Becoming popular requires excellent strategies and of course a good book. If you haven't tried self-publishing yet, find out the chances to become popular and why it's great for beginners.

Today's question I received was, does self-publishing hurt your chances to become popular? So, I'm guessing the reason why you're asking this question, is because we are thinking that if you self-publish, then it could maybe have a negative impact on you.

So I am going to attempt to see if we can answer this question. It's an excellent question and I'm sure there are lots of people who have sort of wondered. As opposed to getting traditionally published versus self-published, if it is going to hurt your thing.

But before I answer it, you can check out my Self-Publishing Secrets Checklist. You can just grab a copy of that for free.

My story, when I first started, I started publishing a series of books on topics that I found interesting. They were across different genres.

One of the problems of publishing in different subjects is the fact that you are not going to be an expert on one particular thing. Does that make sense? So that is if you are hitting multiple subjects.

I then took a series of courses and I have studied a lot. I read several books on the subjects and decided I wanted to go into different issues and genres. I then publish a series of books under other pen names.

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So you have a series of books you know. If you did it on Gardening, you would be a particular pen name. And then another book on other subjects to establish better expertise associated.

As opposed to one book on How To Take Care Of Fish and the next book on How To Mow Your Yard. It doesn't really match. However a series of books on a specific topic that does bring expertise and in a sense.

I don't know about the question popular but it does start to bring expertise. Because after all if you weren't an expert or if you weren't good at whatever it is that you're publishing on, why exactly would you do it?

Along With Content Marketing

By definition, you become an authority on the topic. So the answer is yes but there is a couple of things to keep in mind here. The first is it depends upon how you publish books.

So if you publish under pen names, obviously it is not going to make you popular in that sense. Because it'll be the different pen names that are going to be bringing in the traffic that people are doing it. The next thing is that yes, it is a fantastic way to bring to build up followers and popularity.

If you are doing it strategically, assuming we are not looking at doing anything controversial or unethical or anything like that, then you better believe that this is one of the best ways to go about doing this.

We are writing books and we combine it with content marketing. That is you have blogs, you are creating Youtube videos, and maybe you have a podcast too.

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You are also building an email list out. In conjunction with your target audience or the people who are interested in what you have to offer to the entire world. Then yes, you absolutely can.

And even if you are a fiction author, you can still use this to leverage your audience. Where they will follow you in other locations.

Build Up Your Audience

So I would highly recommend doing self-publishing as a means of getting started. If you are thinking of going traditional publishing later, this is still a fantastic route. Because you are going to build up that audience to show the traditional publishers that they can count.

That if you publish a book through them, you are going to get the sales that you are going to need to properly make it worth their while to do this.

You'll already have a machine in place to go about doing the marketing and bringing in the sales if you wish to do that now. I don't know why you want to take a lower percentage royalty rate on your books. But if you wanted to, for some people it may be strategic.

So why don't you tell me a little bit about what have you found? Have you found any chances to become popular with self-publishing? Have you found this to be a question that you have had with regards to being popular and self-publishing?

Have you tried self-publishing and see what happens? Did you get additional followers? So let me know down below and check out my other blogs and videos for more questions just like this one.

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