The Freedom of Self-Publishing

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Self-publishing has never been easier for writers with digital technology, particularly ebooks, allowing for new titles with little to no capital costs. Poets, after all, have a long history of self-publishing, explains Sarah Gonnet over at Luna Luna, in part because of creative freedom. For instance, Virginia Woolf began Hogarth Press to publish her writing. Writers should remember though that self-publishing isn’t about earning money:

However, self-publishing isn’t all about sales figures, profit and reviews. It can just be about personal fulfillment as well. It is incredibly satisfying to see something you have created in a physical form, or going out into the world as an ebook. Even if you’re not going to be the next great poet, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t value your personal creativity.


Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →