While the success of Hugh Howey–top-selling book sales, movie deal, major print-only contracts–has garnered increasing media attention, those who still wish to denigrate self-publishing are quick to say, “But he’s special! He’s an outlier! One success doesn’t mean anyone else can succeed!”*
Howey takes that on himself here, and it is a marvelous piece.
I didn’t step into self-publishing with the expectation of becoming the next multi-million dollar success. I wanted people to read what I wrote. I wanted to earn a little money from doing what I enjoy. Self-publishing was the way to do it. I don’t have to worry about whether my publisher will follow through on commitments, keep the work in print, contract with shell companies in order to reduce my royalties to pennies, or sell the right to publish my work to another company as part of a bankruptcy deal.
I’d rather everything be all my fault. Fail or succeed–it’s all my fault. Self-responsibility produces less anxiety than lack of control, and far less than learned helplessness.
*This is a variant of the snobbish, “Who do you think you are?” which is more often a finger-pointing way of saying, “Don’t you know who I am?”