I haven’t been asked this yet, but I figured I should answer this before I do get this.
There are many reasons why I am choosing to self-publish when I am done this novel. I mainly am choosing this because I want to maintain control over the publishing process, I want to have the ultimate say about the cover, the marketing, the editing, etc. I also want to ensure that this novel gets sensitivity readers (for race and sexuality) and that these sensitivity readers’ comments are heard and listened to (basically so they are not just used to tell people it had sensitivity readers). I want to make sure my novel isn’t harmful for any community and want to address anything that may be. I know that it’s unlikely anything written ever will be perfect and free from anything problematic, it’s extremely difficult to cover all your bases, but I want to try my best. I want to listen to readers and keep improving myself.
Another reason I’m self-publishing is because my current novel features queer POC characters, and as a white author, it doesn’t feel appropriate for me to seek traditional publishing for such a novel. There are plenty of POC (queer or not) authors who are writing own voices novels and who, I believe, deserve to find agents and get published by larger companies for such novels. I’m not sure if I will articulate this properly and by all means, please tell me if this is inappropriate for me to say, but I don’t want to take such an opportunity from an own voices author. I know that the colour of my skin would afford me privileges in the publishing industry that I am not comfortable with and I don’t want to use them. I want to help promote and boost own voices, I never want to take their place or speak over them.
Those above reasons are my main reasons for self-publishing, there are a lot of other smaller reasons adding to them, those two are the strongest reasons. Creative control is big for me and being a mindful, conscientious author is important to me. I know I have a lot to learn and that I’ll never please anyone, but I want to do my best.
And yeah, pathetic sign off here~~
Here’s a picture of my cat: