Authors: Why Self-Publish/Indie Epublish?

TGIF, WG2E-Land!

As many of you know, I started my Indie Epublishing/Self-Publishing Journey with my debut release – BOOTSCOOTIN’ BLAHNIKS – in August 2010.

Two and a half years later, after selling over 100,000 Ebooks, making my first $100,000 in royalties, hitting Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s Top 100 Bestselling Books List, Amazon’s Movers and Shakers List four times (the fourth time just this week), and hitting countless other bestseller lists on multiple platforms and in multiple genres, I thought I knew WHY I was in the self-publishing/indie epublishing business.

Up until this past Tuesday, I thought the reason was to hit every single accomplishment I just listed. Yep…all of those things have been my goals along my Epublishing journey at some point or another.

Tuesday night, as I sat in the surgery waiting room for 7 hours, waiting to hear from my DH’s (Darling Husband) surgeon that he’d successfully completed his double knee replacement, I began to rethink WHY I was self-publishing/indie epublishing.

This afternoon (Thursday), as I sit in a very uncomfortable chair next to my DH’s hospital bed (yes…I’ve been sitting here since 9 PM Tuesday night when the nurses brought him up to his room following surgery), having taken nothing but short power naps for going on 48 hours now and not expecting much more than that through the weekend, now I know WHY I’m self-publishing/indie epublishing.

And guess what?! None of that fabulous stuff I listed above matters at all to me anymore.

Yes, I’m tickled with all of those accomplishments and feel so blessed that I’ve had the guts to keep on keepin’ on until each of those goals has been met and/or surpassed.


The WHY I’m thrilled and the WHY I’m in this business for the long haul has dramatically changed.

If it wouldn’t be for the fact that I’m self-published/indie epublished, working from home on my own schedule, I wouldn’t have the ability to take care of my DH (who is my absolute everything) for the next three months during his recovery.

Not only can I take care of him, I can still run a multi-media empire while I’m doing that (I just sent off book #30 to my editor on Monday, approved the cover for that book, started back into the writing of book #31, and am keeping up – slowly but surely -with multiple sites like The WG2E, RG2E, D. D. Scott-ville and all of my readers too. Oh, and I’m in mid-production on two new audio book series as well.).

And if my DH decides at the end of his recovery that it’s just time to retire, I can make a great living for us with my self-publishing/indie-epublishing royalties.

That’s WHY I’m now thrilled I’m a Bestselling Self-Published/Indie Epublished Author!

What do you think, WG2E-Land? WHY are you self-publishing/indie epublishing? What is at the heart of your WHYs?

The Best of Epublishing Wishes — D. D. Scott

P.S. And thanks to each and every one of you for all of your wonderful thoughts for my DH! I read them to him, and he’s ever as grateful to all of you as I am.

D. D. Scott is an Amazon and Barnes and Noble Top 100 Bestselling Romantic Comedy and Humorous Mystery Author. She’s also a Writer’s Go-To-Gal for Muse Therapy and Indie Epublishing, the Co-Founder of The WG2E- The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing, and the Founder of The RG2E – The Reader’s Guide to E-publishing.  You can get all the scoop on her, her books, her Online Classes and Live Workshops, plus juicy tidbits too from her new cyber home…D. D. Scott-ville.

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  1. A *double* knee replacement? I’m speechless…but at least once he’s completed his therapy and is walking again, that’ll be it. No repeated procedures. But still…

    Anyway, I write because it’s not just what I do, it’s what I am. When my publishers dropped me, it didn’t mean I was going to stop writing. The other benefits, like setting my own schedule, are all gravy. I’m doing what I love.

  2. G. A. Donaldson says:

    When a loved one is going through something like a double knee replacement, puts in perspective why we are doing what we are doing – and for whom…

    The reason why I do it is because I can’t help myself. I love to write!! Of course there are other reasons too, but they are not the main reasons. Although, to prove all those doubters wrong, isn’t the main reason I write. It’s just motivation I think.

  3. Sibel Hodge says:

    I hope everything’s going well with DH’s recovery, DD! And you’re right, illness does put things into perspective like nothing else can.

    I write hundreds of reasons, some which change from time to time, but the most important thing is to be happy and healthy :)

  4. I hope your DH (I’ve got one of those too!) recovers well and not too long. I have to take my hat off to you – for sticking with the self pub plan and making such a terrific success of it all. Well done!
    I love reading your uplifting posts and you’ve given me a great deal to think about over the last year or so – may it continue.

    I write for loads of reasons too, but as sibel says – so long as we’re healthy and happy.

    Kindest regards

  5. Glynis Smy says:

    Good luck to your DH. Being Indie is ideal for you both, and I wish him a successful recovery. Not an easy feat to have both done at once.

    I am ticking along the Indie road, and am happy to do so. This week I decided I need to crawl out of my shell a little more, and find my way around other places to play … market, and mix is what I mean!

    Hard work is something I am used to, having been a nurse. However, writing and marketing is a harder hill to climb. I am like the tortoise, slow but will find the finishing line, and smile. My dream has come true, now I have to step down a cloud, and find a balance. I am fortunate to be at home all day, with my husband’s support. I am in a good place, I just need self-esteem, and courage.

    Happy Scribbling, DD. Get rest, you are going to need it. :)

  6. Julie Day says:

    I am thinking like you, DD. One of the main reasons I like being an indie author is that I have control of when, where and what I write. And the reason I say when, is like you. I have various health problems that crop up from time to time, and have hospital appointments for, so if I am not well I don’t have to worry about agent/publisher deadlines as I have my own.

    I wish your DH a good recovery. I hope that he isn’t in too much pain and can walk properly soon.

  7. SK Holmesley says:

    Keeping control of our product (be it a book, or an application), rather than having someone else dictate what it should be, where it should be, when it should be, and how it should be. And knowing at the end of the day that the product is ours.

    And of course, your point, being able to be available when our loved ones need us, because we don’t have to ask permission to take a few hours, or a few days off.

  8. I wasn’t aware of your D. H.’s ordeal and I send my good wishes to him. I love that you are so transparent with your business numbers. It’s refreshing and inspiring. Spring is on the way and it is a great time to recover. Your pal, Consuelo

  9. Hi D.D.,

    I’m wishing your husband a speedy recovery. I’m so glad you’re able to be there for him, and that your indie publishing empire has helped make that possible. I know for me personally, time with my loved ones is the number one reason I’m an indie author. It allows me to tailor my life so I can focus on what matters.

    My thoughts are with both you and your DH as he recovers. Keep on keepin’ on, friend!


  10. Angela Brown says:

    I must admit, I got into the Indie side of things less with a lot of goals in mind and more for the control factors and the chance to do something I wanted and dreamed. Holding my own novel in my hand, published and glossy, was such a wonderful feeling. I did and do want to accomplish more, which is why I’m doing this for the long haul – the writing thing that is – but I think I’ve been focused on being an author and less as to whether or not it is Indie or not Indie.

    Wishing your DH well for his recovery and I’m quite glad that he and you are in the position to make the choice for him to retire and still live the lifestyle you choose to live :-)

  11. JamieSalisbury (@JamieRSalisbury) says:

    Bravo DD! You are such an inspiration for us struggling indie authors!! I’ve been on this journey for almost two years, and although I’ve yet to see the success you have, it’s coming. I can see that every month and every time I sit down to write. And I slap myself in the face every time I have envy for fellow authors who have turned to publishers instead of continuing on their own. Sure they may make a lot more $ than I am (right now) but they have to answer to others. I only have to answer to myself (and my readers)!!
    My best to your DH for a speedy recovery, and you for your continuing inspiration!

  12. Sending out my prayers for your husband’s speedy recovery. I have bad knees … but have managed it by losing weight, rehabilitative personal training, and watching what I eat (inflammation) … but someday I will be in the same boat!

    I have 3 kids with neurological problems that restricts my ability to work in my primary field (law). Someone has to run around to doctors, therapists and IEP meetings and be there for the kids. As the secondary (though lucrative) wage earner in the family, it fell to me. Being restricted to a 26-hour work week was driving me up the wall! In my heyday I was pulling down 170-hour workweeks and loving it. Being restricted to ‘mommy hours’ left me resentful that my hard-won career is fading while hubby gets to chug along.

    The creative challenge of writing, self-publishing, editing, meeting other authors and fans, and now nurturing along my writing friends has helped fill the gaping hole in my career that used to be filled with skewering bad guys. Fiction writing keeps my creativity alive, while non-fiction writing helped me fill a need within the community with my legal self-help guide and seminars that I otherwise would not have had time to write. Slowly but surely I am perfecting my writing style, making connections, and finding readers for both my fiction and non-fiction work (which I do not blend).

    Try doing THAT at a traditional law firm job!

    Speedy recovery to your hubby, D.D.!!!

  13. Alison Pensy says:

    Best Wishes to your DH, D.D. I hope he has a speedy recovery and feels better soon. I am now in the same position as you. Not with quite as many accolaids, but I’m able to give up my business now, should I wish to. For me, it’s the sense of financial security that I love the most. If I am unable to work for any reason, I would still get paid. Being an accountant, I’m all about the financial security :-)

  14. Best wishes for a speedy recovery for your DH!

    One reason why I decided to self-publish was because of your positive, encouraging persistence. You’re the best example of believing in yourself I know. I’m just at the beginning of this process, but, for the first time in years I feel like I’m making progress in my writing career. I don’t have to please anyone except myself and my readers. I don’t have to keep guessing what an agent or editor wants this year. I can write the books of my heart. And that’s a great place to be.

  15. Jim Guigli says:

    D.D., I’m so happy for you and DH that it went well. Double knee replacement — wow! I assume that means one on each leg. But with what can be done these days in modern medicine, who could be sure?

    There is one thing for sure, D.D., the next few weeks comprise a brief window in time where you can control DH. Even though it made more work for her, my wife (HB, for Honey Bunch) enjoyed having me under thumb for each of my two knee scopes and a hip replacement. It taught me the benefit of a strong recovery effort, and now I’m uncontrollable again.

    • Zoe Dawson says:

      Jim, I couldn’t refrain from replying to your adorable post! Sounds like your HB may have a rebel on her hands, but it sounds to me like she doesn’t mind! Have a great day!

  16. I hope your DH has a speedy recovery and I’m thrilled (and inspired) by your hard work and wonderful success!!

  17. Many blessings to DH for a super speedy recovery!!

  18. Joan Reeves says:

    D.D., wishing Scott a speedy recovery. My reasons for indie publishing tally with yours. Distilled to the essence of truth: making a great income doing what I love and doing it at home, the site of my empire. *g*

    If you need anything that I can provide, just let me know.

    Get some sleep. I’ve done far too many ER/surgery/hospital vigils with my daughter. Take care of yourself.

  19. I am a physiotherapist in my day job (you know – the thing that interferes with my writing time but is necessary to pay the bills) and I just wanted to send encouragement your way for your hubby’s recovery. Although a double TKR is not that common, it is not unheard of, and I treat at least one double TKR post-op case every year. All have done well, and the advantages are great, most notably of having only one exposure to anaesthetic and having only one period of reduced mobility post-op.

    Now, on to accolades to you. Book # 31 since 2010?? WOW! That is awe-inspiring. :-D

    BTW, have you done, or will you do a post explaining the ins and outs of how exactly to do a “boxed collection” of stories? I remember reading a post that referred to that on here awhile ago, but cannot find it now.

    Best wishes for DH’s speedy recovery!

  20. D.D. : thanks for all you do for us and for your “other” family! When I was contacted by a former client and wanted to encourage him to go indie, yours was the first website I recommended. I told him he would hear the truth. So, thank you for being there!

    Also, my part-time day job is front desk for our local home health agency, so do take advantage of any home health benefits your husband may have through his insurance (though many insurance plans these days don’t have this benefit, sadly). The discharge planner in the hospital can help explain your benefits and arrange a referral). With your help, I know your DH will recover well and have many years of chasing after you!

    All best,


  21. D.D. – I’m right there with you! Well, not yet, but I hope to be someday. Other than writing because it’s what I absolutely LOVE to do, I also hope that someday I won’t be tied to my corporate desk. I so want to be able to work on my own schedule and make real money doing it!
    Prayers to your husband for a speedy and thorough recovery, and thanks to you for proving (for all of us who aren’t there yet) that the dream can become a reality.
    God Bless!

  22. Jim Guigli says:

    No one knows if the future will bless an author’s plans and efforts, but D.D. did do it, a bright example for all of us. One thing you can enjoy from day one of your epubbing career — CONTROL! No more waiting for agents, pub-house editors, etc. No one telling you what kind of cover is good for the book you’ve lived with for a year or three.

    Yes, print-pubbing has its benefits, and I wouldn’t turn it down if it were offered with conditions I found acceptable. But I love the freedom of epubbing.

  23. For me, the freedom to write what I want and the flexibility in my schedule are priceless. I only wish I’d thought of this sooner!

    Sending positive vibes your way for your DH’s speedy recovery.

  24. D. D. Scott says:

    All of your comments are just wonderful and so very inspiring! Thank u!

    That’s one of the things I love most about The WG2E – We’re one big astral family, encouraging and helping each other succeed.

    My DH just walked his first 50 ft with a walker today. As I walked behind him with a wheelchair down the hospital hallway, I thought about the first few steps of all of life’s big journeys.

    It’s all about being there for each other, just like we all are here at The WG2E!

  25. You said it all, Girlfriend! And isn’t it amazing how seeing those we love in a vulnerable position brings out the real bottom line of what is important. Sending healing wishes and hugs. :)

  26. Hope Barrett says:

    Sending good wishes out your way for a speedy recovery for DH, DD. Cod Liver Oil pills are very good for helping joints… a plus that I learned from taking pills to help the eyes.

    Having older parents to care for, a child with developmental disabilities — these are all good reasons to be able to work from home — and in the case of epublishing: anywhere in the world. My reasoning for epublishing is also the legacy. The hope is that with books never out of print, there will be royalties generated to take care of those when I can no longer do it.

  27. D.D.,

    You have hit on the most important reasons for self-publishing of all: freedom and dignity.

    When I hear job-holders say they can’t take off work for this or that personal reason, it is sad, especially when they are clinging to jobs they hate.

    Not only are you able to devote the time and attention to your husband during this important time, but the fact that you CAN do it must put him at ease and speed up his recovery.

    Congratulations on all the work and time you put in to become a bestseller that makes it possible for you to now be a best wife and comforter.

  28. ‘Nuff said, D.D. There is nothing like publishing books from your recliner sitting next to a warm fire like I do. I’m sure your precious hubby will agree. Please convey my best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  29. Speedy recovery to your dh, D.D. I indie published my first two e-books last October — they are definitely not doing that well. Last year, I was the one in the hospital with the knee replacement and pneumonia. This year, my parents got sick and were in the hospital, now in skilled nursing and I am laid off from work. I have to admit that I often ask myself why I decided to indie pub those two books. I like the freedom, but I would like to be able to do better with them — I think they are great stories — I know some would disagree. I love the characters and I also know some who would disagree. I’m rambling because I’m still on the wild roller coaster ride and hope things improve.
    Nancy Goldberg Levine author of “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny” and “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless.”

  30. Wow, DD, double knee surgery. Here’s wishing your DH has a speedy and easy recovery! Being able to spend more time with family is one of the best perks of indie publishing. You are so right!

  31. So glad the surgery went well. Sending out healing prayers for a quick recovery.

    I definitely chose Indie Publishing for many of those reasons: control, hopefully more money, faster publishing times, etc. I’m so thankful I found you, this website and the rest of my WG2E friends.

  32. Lily silver says:

    you have been such a help and inspiration to so many of us. Having you blaze the path ahead has been a huge blessing to all of us who have taken the self pub route. Hoping we are able to send you the same encouragement during this time. Blessings and positive energy are being sent your way. You’ve sent out positive energy and love, so the
    universe will send it back to you.

    hope your DH is doing well. And please take care of yourself, too. Get some rest so you can cope in the long term as the healing process starts. Hugs to you

  33. Zoe Dawson says:

    DD – I’m self-pubbing because I love to write and it’s been my dream since I got published in 1996. As a single mother raising two daughters, it was a distant dream, but now that my kids are grown and that dream feels a bit more tangible with the advent of ebooks, I can pursue it full bore. The luxury of controlling my time and working on something that isn’t work makes that dream sweeter. Best wishes for your DH’s recovery! After several foot surgeries, I sympathize, but every day it gets better and a life without pain is pretty sweet. Hugs to you both.