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Common Misconceptions About Self-Publishing with Alexa Bigwarfe

Self-publishing can be a bit of an enigma when you’re just getting started as an author. In recent years, self-publishing has exploded in popularity, and a lot of preconceived notions about self-publishing have come along with that surge in popularity. You may have heard that your favorite expert self-published a book and you assume that if you just follow the same steps, you’ll have the same level of success. Or, Google or social media might lead you to some bad advice, which can negatively affect your book.

In this episode of the podcast, I’m honored to feature an interview with self-publishing expert and hybrid press owner Alexa Bigwarfe. In our interview, Alexa shares what she sees as the most common and biggest misconceptions about self-publishing. We dispel these common myths so you can gain a more accurate understanding of self-publishing and what to expect if you self-publish your book.

Whether you’re still trying to decide whether to traditionally publish or self-publish, or if you’re firmly team self-publish, I think you’re going to learn a lot from this episode. So, turn up the volume and enjoy this interview with Alexa.

Are you letting these common misconceptions about self-publishing hold you back? Hybrid publisher Alexa Bigwarfe fills us in on fact vs. fiction.


2:20 How Alexa got her start as a blogger
5:24 The inspiration for Alexa’s first book
8:31 How and why Alexa started her hybrid publishing imprint
12:13 The biggest misconceptions people have about self-publishing
12:50 Why self-publishers should hire experts to help them create their books
16:12 Self-published books can be very high quality
17:21 Why the stigma of self-publishing is going away
19:29 You’re (probably) not going to make a million dollars from your self-published book
20:53 Your audience size shouldn’t hold you back from self-publishing
21:21 What it takes to have a successful book if you have a small following
27:40 Why you need to set realistic expectations for your book
29:43 Where most self-published authors make their money
33:48 Ongoing marketing is the key to continuing book sales
37:13 The different publishing options available to authors


Alexa Bigwarfe is a wife, mother, author, publisher, speaker, and author coach. She has published numerous books of her own and for many other writers and entrepreneurs through her author coaching and hybrid-publishing company Kat Biggie Press (katbiggiepress.com). Kat Biggie Press is dedicated to sharing women’s works of inspiration, self-help, and books that make the world a better place. Her children’s book imprint, Purple Butterfly Press, publishes books of encouragement, inspiration, self-love, and healing for children and parents. She is also the founder and producer of the Women in Publishing Summit. Follow her everywhere on Instagram @katbiggiepress and on YouTube for publishing tips at https://www.youtube.com/writepublishsell.


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Are you letting these common misconceptions about self-publishing hold you back? Hybrid publisher Alexa Bigwarfe fills us in on fact vs. fiction.


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