Interview Questions 6: Answered by Cynthia Sally Haggard

You self-published your latest book, Farewell My Life. Would you please tell us why you chose the self-publishing route? 

I realize that not every book sells, but after the enormous effort put forth to actually get 140,000words down on paper, I really don’t want my work to disappear into a black hole.

If you publish with the big publishers in New York, you have to sign a contract in which you give away all of your rights.

That means that if/when your book doesn’t sell in the 3-month window they give you, they will pull your book and you can do nothing to get it back.

In short, the reason why I self-publish is because I get to keep all my rights.