TBT: March 2013. It’s funny how little my thoughts on the pros and cons of each path have changed (though obviously I did make a decision, and it’s one I’m 100% sure was right for the Bound trilogy). As I consider whether to query a future project, I find the same hesitations popping up again… but that’s a post for another day. 🙂
It’s a serious question. Increasingly so, in fact. A few years ago you heard of the odd success story (and even that one was discovered “by chance” and then traditionally published), but that’s just what they were: odd. Self-publishing was the road you took when your book wasn’t good enough to be accepted by a traditional publisher– at least, that was the perception. Still is for most people I know.
And now? Well, now there are people publishing their own work to e-readers and/or print-on-demand companies like CreateSpace and selling hundreds of thousands of copies. Hardly what you’d expect from a book that’s “not good enough,” is it? People are turning down offers from “real” publishers because the benefits of going it alone are very real.
For some people.
This is a tough topic, and I’m working out the questions for myself in this post. Please offer advice in the…
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March 24th, 2016 at 8:24 pm
Wow! Most of those are my exact thoughts! I dream of being traditionally published -of seeing my book in stores. However, there are so many people trying to do that too that even if you are really really good at what you do, you still may never get noticed.
March 25th, 2016 at 6:50 pm
It is hard to get noticed. And my big hesitation came when I realized that even getting an agent and selling a book is just the point where you’re getting a ticket for the lottery, not guaranteed success. It really depends on which risks you’re okay with and which rewards mean the most to you. I wish you luck with it, if you’re pursuing that path!