Why People Don’t Self-Publish

There are three main reasons authors wanting to self-publish have for not self-publishing.

Uncertainty or Lack of Conviction.

  • You think:
    • I can’t do it.
    • No one will like or buy my book.
    • Others are the authority on this subject area.
    • Self-doubt: You can’t do this mindset.
  • You should think:
    • I have something to say.
    • I am qualified to write this.
    • If not me, who?
    • I can do this.


  • You think:
    • What if I fail?
    • What will others think?
    • What if I do this wrong?
    • I am going to look silly.
  • You should think:
    • If I touch one life, I have succeeded.
    • Others will hold me in high esteem for sharing my story.
    • My family and children will see I can do it.
    • This will be a fun adventure.


  • You think:
    • What if I start and don’t finish the book?
    • I don’t know how to do this.
    • I don’t have the technical skills.
    • It is too hard.
  • You should think:
    • I will have this finished by a certain date.
    • I can learn to do anything.
    • I know someone with or can learn the technical skills.
    • Nothing is too hard

Reflect on how you can write and publish your book. Set a date to finish the first draft. Go for it!

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Author: Jimmie Aaron Kepler, Ed.D.

Jimmie Aaron Kepler is a full-time writer. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, to a career military father and stay at home mother. He lived in six states and attended eight different schools before graduating high school. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in English and Military Science from The University of Texas at Arlington, Master of Arts and Master of Religious Education degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as the Doctor of Education degree. Before writing full-time, he worked as a US Army officer for 10-years, religious educator for 18-years, and as an IT software application engineer for over 20-years. He is a widower. He lives in North Texas with his cat Lacey.