Whenever we say self publishing, we are thinking of a book. Nobody feels that publishing a post on a blog or writing an article is publishing, although the button that you press (or at least the one that I press because I use wordpress) is “Publish”.
So let's talk about publishing an ebook? Should you publish an ebook?
That's a very interesting question. Nowadays, with self publishing becoming very easy, many, many authors are going the self publishing route. They write an ebook and either publish online or publish traditionally with a limited run of copies which they pay for, themselves.
Either way, they are self publishing. The only difference is in the money spent and the route taken.
Does this mean that we should all self-publish an ebook?
I don't want to get into a fire-fight here, and I too am currently in the process of writing an ebook that I will be self-publishing in the near future, but the answer to this is that you need to think long and hard about it.
Let me put it this way. Would you do something just because it is easy to do or because it doesn't cost too much to do? No, right? It's the same thing with writing an ebook. You don't write one just because it is easy to publish or because it doesn't cost you a dime. You write it because you really really want to.
Why is this important? Because, your writing is a reflection of your soul. Can anybody write when their heart is not in what they are doing? How good will such writing be, and would you want to read stuff by another person whose motivation for writing is suspect?
However corny it may sound, when you write something when your heart isn't in it, it just doesn't come out right. You may be able to get the language right, and get all of the facts down, but something will be lacking in it and this is very apparent to the reader. Yet, write something that you are really interested in, and even if your language and grammar is poor, you'll find that a number of people actually like reading what you write.
It's hard to define this because it's just a feeling that people have when they read your work. Every person leaves their stamp on their work, and this isn't the tone of voice that they take or the style that they use. It's what differentiates one writer from another, and you can never get this in your work unless you are really passionate about what you're doing.
Passion for writing doesn't ensure success, but it ensures that you will constantly want to improve on your work. You will never be willing to accept anything less than your best, and only this will ensure that what you get out there has a reasonably good chance of succeeding.
So if you have an idea to write an ebook, look within yourself first. Why do you want to write? What do you want to write about? Why do you want to write about whatever it is that you want to write about?
Think long and hard!