Traditional vs. Self-Publishing Blew Up Facebook

For me traditional publishing means poverty. But self-publish? No wayMy Facebook page blew up with comments after I shared an article written for The Guardian by Ros Barber entitled, “For me traditional publishing means poverty, but self-publishing? No way.”

Whoa!

She believes that making a living as a writer is almost impossible when being traditionally published since authors receive such a low percentage on the sale of each book. But self-publishing is much worse given the author is stuck with marketing. She went on to slam anyone who spams up his Twitter feed with book sales.

If you want all the deets, please read this article.

My only comment on Facebook was, “Interesting!” I thought a neutral response would encourage others to sound off. Believe me, I heard them loud and clear.

Barber calls self-publishing “a terrible idea” and enters the danger zone. There are many ways to become published these days. Agents are no longer gatekeepers. There are many publishers who will accept un-agented queries. Self-publishing may be appropriate too.

Despite what Barber says there is no right or wrong way. It’s your choice.

There are a lot of hybrid authors, like Chuck Wendig, who have self-published and have been traditionally published. He seems pretty successful to me.

Now I will use myself as an example:

I am an unpublished author.

Plan A.

Currently, I am querying agents for representation and hope to have my book traditionally published sometime before the next millennium.

If I exhaust my list of agents, I will turn to:

Plan B.

I will query publishers directly. There is a wide range of them from boutique to Big Five. I would only query those with a marketing plan in place.

If I exhaust that list, I will be bummed, but will definitely turn to:

Plan C.

Self-publish.

Vanity presses contact me all the time. They are willing to package formatting, cover art, marketing, etc., for a price. The other option is to pay individual professionals or I can do it all myself. *gulp*

I rarely go down this road of thinking since I believe I can get my book published, traditionally.

Here’s the delio – WE NEED TO RESPECT EVERYONE’S CHOICES!

I do agree with Barber on one point. The only way to improve our craft is by writing a ton. Eventually, we will improve. Writing a book is nothing like writing a blog post or an article for The Guardian. There is so much to learn. No one knows it all. Sorry, Mr. Patterson.

Kidding! I would love to collaborate with you someday.

No matter what kind of publishing you choose, you will be successful at selling your book if you write a good one.

Now excuse me. I have to polish mine.

What’s your opinion? Traditional, self-pub, or hybrid?

Go ahead. Blow up my comment section.

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96 thoughts on “Traditional vs. Self-Publishing Blew Up Facebook

  1. I think taking off in the arts of any kind has become more difficult, not because of lack of talent, but the avenues for competition Youtube is probably the equivalent to e-books for writers and I imagine it’s equally monitored for talent. I say get your talent out there anyway you can today. No need to limit yourself when there are so many roads to travel. I look forward to catching you here in Philly on your book tour.

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  2. All the best to you Susie. I have no doubt you will get your book published, in what ever format works, it won’t really matter in the long run so long as it’s out there.

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  3. I’m a little wishy washy on this one. As a reader I prefer reading an actual physical book. I love the feel, the smell and the history behind books and publishing. On the other hand some of my favourite authors write ebooks and I devour every offering. If I had a book in me I’d want to have it traditionally published but certainly wouldn’t turn my nose up at having it show up on Kindle.

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  4. Hi Susie!
    Thank you for a fantastic article. My Plan A matches yours with Plan B being self-publishing. I hadn’t thought about direct-publisher query, so thank you for that idea.

    Next week, I’m sharing a post highlighting six of my favorite authors – two are traditionally published and four are self-published–all have had success in each instance. In any case, I continue to learn from everyone I interact with and am so grateful to have talented and gracious writerly friends. I get super excited when I see one of my friends get a book published – it makes my heart happy for them and gives me hope that it could happen for me, too.
    Best wishes Susie! Like I said during #PitMad last week – I’d buy and celebrate anything you write!
    Xo

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    • Thanks so much MamaMick! I hope it is published sooner than later. 🙂
      I think there is value in every kind of publishing. It depends on the project. Authors have made a lot of money in both publishing forums or by being hybrid. I don’t really care so much about the money. The most important thing is to get it out there.

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  5. Working on my 7th book now as I realize no one is going to be knocking on my bathroom door. Am I looking for the next bestseller? No, I view them as personal accomplishments.. And I don’t do ebooks – I think I have two. My buyers prefer to hold a book in their hand. It’s the area and I know my limits. I am thankful I can reach people all over the world blogging. if you get into this business and write to make money– good luck.. Things just are not the same. It is a different world out there folks:(

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  6. Hey Susie, As you say, there are many paths to the same destination and each author must choose the one that best fits their situation. Me, I first was traditionally published by New York folks without an agent (a book packager came to me, and my first 2 books debuted with Bantam/Doubleday/Dell), and that led to an agent with another dozen books traditionally pub’d. Then the Internet happen and cut my sales (why buy a book when you get free — cough/bad! — info on the ‘net?). I was opposed to the stigma of self-publishing but experimented by bringing back my backlist. After that, I was sold. I earn a much higher royalty percentage now than ever before and frankly, today even with my track record, I doubt that I could get the 6-figure advances of the past. Publishing has changed. And don’t get too comfy because it’s no longer static and continues to change. my best advice is to RESEARCH the options, remain open to opportunities, and don’t be afraid to experiment. It’s not like jumping off a cliff. There are always do-overs. *s* Look at me, a reinvented writer! LOL!

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    • Thanks so much for your input, Amy! I agree that there are many avenues to explore. For a first time writer it can be overwhelming. I would love to learn the process through an agent like you did and see where it goes. I have so much I want to write. I hate that this takes so much of my writing time. I can’t wait until I into a publishing groove!!

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      • Actually, I learned the process without an agent (3 books without) before I got the agent. And I had 3 really REALLY BAD agents first who did nothing. *s* So a bad agent is worse than no agent at all. Just sayin… And honestly, an editor/agent is NOT going to save you very much time. You’ll still need to do pretty much all the marketing yourself. *shrug* You’re way ahead of the game with this popular blog and community reach.

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  7. Really, it comes down to whatever’s right for you as a writer. I have two cozy mystery series, one is traditionally published and one is indie published. I make waaaaay more money off the indie published series and also enjoy the freedom and control I have there. And as far as marketing, you have to do that yourself either way! Good luck with your own journey, Susie…the nice thing is we have options. 🙂

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    • Thanks so much for your comment, Shannon! Great to see you.
      I am getting my feet wet with this first novel and so far it’s been ICY! Brrr… There is tough competition in the traditional publishing world. I’m so glad to hear you’ve had success with both! I have set some due dates for myself. No matter which plan I end up with, I will have one in place by the end of summer. 🙂

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  8. Hi Susie! I want to keep trying but am hopeful to make a turn here pretty soon. I’d like to query the big publishers and see if I’m good enough, let them assist w editing and work on a cover together. I’m a very visual person. I need them to help me find readers as they can cover more territory. I’m a hard worker and can work w others well. And I believe if Grisham can do it then I have a chance, too. I prefer paper books myself but wherever I go I see tablets and adults reading them. I think the big five could make a lot of money on books so maybe they could pay writers more. Do they not pay very well? I never heard that one. Thanks and good luck to you and me.

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    • The Big Five do a lot for the author so they take the lion’s share of the profits. Check out Shannon Esposito’s comment. She has published series in both.
      I would exhaust your agent list before querying directly to Harper Collins. But a many small publishers welcome new authors. There are so many of them now! I always check to see if their books are in The Boulder Book Store’s database. That means they’ve paid for marketing.
      You can do it, Kim!!! Good luck to both of us, is right on!

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  9. This post touched a lot of nerves in the industry, especially amongst independent authors who run their own business and work anything up to twelve hours a day. And as you know, I hate drama of any kind.

    However, I want to take each point Ros makes in her post:

    1. Many indie authors serve long apprenticeships. Mine was eight years and many rejections for a book that a publisher wanted after an eight month re-write. After taking advice, in 2012 I self-published the book which became the first book of a series that later became a USA Today bestseller as a self-published title. After the series became successful, I had publishers seek to purchase it – many who’d previously turned down book one. The series remains independent. My choice. Now the series is a combination of fourteen indie full-length books, novellas. And an off-shoot series of quick short reads consisting of ten books released weekly coming later in 2016.

    I’m an avid believer that authors should learn their craft, and I do believe many disregard this crucial step. At the same time, the craft of writing is a lifelong journey to master new skills and techniques. No author knows it all, ever. And for me the excitement of learning to use all the tools in our author toolbox, rather than sticking to the tools we’re most comfortable with, is thrilling.

    2. I do very little self promotion. I’m always being told I need to do more, but I prefer to write. I Tweet – about six times a year – and use Facebook for my author pages to reach my readers. My personal Facebook profile is mostly posting and sharing positive things that interest me. Anyone who carpet bombs social media with self-promotion doesn’t know how to use it effectively.

    3. Yes, I pay a lot of money for cover artists, editing, proofreading, formatting per book. I usually earn back the costs of the book’s production in the first five days. I also work directly with author representatives with iBooks, Google, Kobo, Amazon and use an aggregator for Nook. Since I’m a control freak, I love being able to chose my own team of individuals who are experts in their field who work with my vision for the story.

    4. My readers are my gatekeepers. However, my editors are the rottweilers/guardians at my gates.

    5. In many ways I feel sorry that Ros made 5000 for two years of work. Her choice. And I’m not here to criticize the author for taking that path to publishing. However, I will criticize her for making disingenuous choices and exploding them over the internet to mislead and misinform others, possibly guiding them to make unfortunate choices. I think every author should exhaustively analyse and examine the publishing market bearing in mind there are plenty of sharks out there (like the one mentioned above) circling the unwary (perhaps take advice from those who have been successful in their chosen field/genre) before making decisions that work for her or him. Publishing, like writing, is a strictly personal process.

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    • Thanks so much for your insight, CC! You are in the trenches, so those of us who are struggling with our first book really appreciate hearing about your experience. Your success story is so inspirational!

      Sometimes the most controversial blog posts stir the greatest conversations. Thanks for being a part of the Facebook discussion yesterday!

      I have learned a lot in the last 24 hours and am feeling a lot better about my choices. I had looked at self-publishing as a last resort after exhaustive querying and rejections. But, books are subjective. Finding the one agent who is looking for my story when there are literally 1000’s of queries in their slush pile is like being struck by lightning. It’s no wonder they look for anything to toss them out. Who would have time to read all of them?

      I plan to query my book until summer and then will explore self-pub options. I do think there is value in the “old college try.” In the meantime, I keep learning and improving on my product. 🙂

      Thank you so much for all your advice! It is most appreciated. The best part of all is seeing your beautiful avatar on the Wild Ride again!

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  10. This topic definitely polarizes people! I’m not a great fan of ebooks, I like to read for hours at a time and my eyes get sore from screens, but I have lots of friends that adore them, so there you have it. If I can only get a book I want to read as an ebook, I’ll second guess my choice because of the sore eyes issue, so offering both a paper book and an ebook is worth considering. Ezines, no problem! Just book lengths bother me. I have had the unfortunate experience of getting horrifically edited ebooks, as well, so definitely pay the money to get your book properly edited. No sense destroying your reputation right out of the gate.

    I think Stephen King’s advice on getting an agent in “On Writing”, simple as it is, is fairly logical. Publish a few short stories with reputable journals (duotrope is a good source to find them, with a small fee, but if you’re not sure, check out ‘Authors Publish’ on facebook for other resources as well), build your audience, and then you have proof that your work is of a quality that an agent/publisher will want to look deeper. It also prepares you for the publishing process, which can be frustrating with rewrites and delays, etc. I’m not saying it’s the only way, but it is a proven method. You’re so very right that every writer has their own path, and they are the only one who knows what’s best for them!

    At a writing course I took an agent recommended checking out the “Guide to Literary Agents 2016” edited by Chuck Sambuchino, and “Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents”. Maybe you can find them at your local library and see if they have anything to offer you during Plan A. Good luck! We’re all rooting for you!

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    • Awww! Thanks so much, TreeHuggin’ girl! I can use that positive energy.
      It is a long process and the rejections are piling up, but I’m always close enough that they give me useful criticism.
      I may blog about a class with agent Sara Megibow. She said that if you’re writing fiction, publishers could care less about your experience in writing or your platform. That is totally the opposite for non-fiction writers. That said, any input or writing that improves your craft will show through our work.
      I have Chuck’s book, but don’t have Jeff”s. Ha! I dated a Jeff Herman in college! Different guy. Thanks for the advice!
      Are you writing a book?

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  11. I’d tell you what I think of this “person”, but profanity doesn’t usually appear on your blog, so…

    That being said, I self-publish because (1) I like the freedom it gives me, even though I have no artistic skill for the covers and (2) I haven’t written anything that I feel is worth bothering an agent over. (I should note that I had one cover done on Fiverr and loved it…and then hated it the more I looked at it. >.<)

    From time to time, I think of entering Amazon's breakthrough novel competition, but I don't always have something ready by the time the January deadline comes up. (Of course, being in the middle of a series doesn't lend well to entering, either.) There's also a company out there called Inkitt that claims that if your book gets enough attention (on their site), they'll try to market it to a real publisher. I don't know if it works, but it can't hurt to share my link…https://www.inkitt.com/DRyelle

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    • Way to go, Daya! You have the experience some of are only thinking about. Getting your work out there can be a battle. Personally, I detest taking time away from writing.
      Thanks so much for the linkage! I will check them out.
      Have a great writing day! Thanks for your input.

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  12. I am positive that once I finish my novel, it will go directly to the top of the NYTimes bestsellers list and I will be rich and powerful beyond my wildest dreams. Of course I need to start the book first, but that is just a detail.

    Your list looks logical. And who’s to judge anyway? People should be writing and not judgin’ . Or, like me, not writing and not judgin’ (which is much faster).

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  13. As usual, Susie, you have provided yet another interesting post (you’ll note, X confirmed that), and once again, an informative one too. I myself have given some thought to writing a book, and more than a few folks (believe it or not) have even asked me if I’m a published author! Makes me wonder what they’re were smoking at the time. I was touched—Not for money, I’m an unpublished author. Though, it sounds like my being a published author (based on your readers comments) would make little difference… and even less money—that anyone would think that I could write a book (traditional or otherwise) that would be interesting enough for them to even bother with. But, after reading your post, I am absolutely convinced that writing a book of any kind must be a work of passion, as financial reward for such an endeavor is virtually out of the question. That must explain why I’m now on my knees picking up all the dollar signs that fell outta my eyes. But, all the same, I loved reading this. ‘O)

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  14. This reminds me of conversations about: is it better to home school or send kids to public school? There is no one answer. Which is my way of saying I have no opinion about how anyone publishes his or her book because whatever works, works. I think your plan is sound and will happily buy a copy of your book, no matter how it comes to be that you get it published.

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  15. I’m amazed at so many kind and balanced responses here. I wish I could be so gracious, but I can’t. I used to get mad about comments such as Ros Barber’s. Now I’m starting to find them amusing. First, let me clarify that the author is “stuck with marketing” regardless of which path they take, unless they are already a famous celebrity or big-name author.

    Second, poverty is far more likely for trad-published authors than for indies. I started self-publishing 4 years ago. The first three years, I lost money (mostly on marketing which I would have been paying out anyway). Last year I made back all the money I had lost and then some. Writing is my passion but publishing and selling my books is a business, and any new business that is making a profit by the fourth year is doing good. So I am quite happy.

    But yes, everyone needs to research and decide for themselves which path seems right for them. I think your plan is a good one, Susi. Best of luck to you!! And I can’t wait to read your book. 🙂

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    • Awwww! Thanks so much, Kassandra! That means a lot.
      That is such great news about your business! I have enjoyed reading everyone’s positive experiences shared through this post. I think I’m the biggest benefactor of all the info! Ha! I’m not as afraid of self-publishing now. I have a self-imposed due date and then will self-pub. I have so many other books and screenplays to work on. I can’t wait to move on one way or the other!

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  16. As you know, Susie, I self-published. As a nobody, this was the quickest route for me. My book was one of the most challenging projects I’ve ever taken on. I used CreateSpace for the hard copy and Amazon Kindle for the e-book. At the time that I took on this beast, my wages were very low, so there was no way I could sink a chunk of change into this production. Fortunately, I had a group of dedicated and talented friends that worked with me for free. A copy-editor at The New York Times did the line editing. My graphic designer colleague did the layout. My boss, who is a skilled photographer, shot the cover photo. Where I fell short was the marketing. I knew that I had a narrow window to get it “out there”. That was the most overwhelming aspect of this venture for me. That takes a level of planning that completely eluded me. I was hoping for some recognition and to make more than a few bucks from my book, but that didn’t happen. Although I was disappointed, I wasn’t surprised. It’s such a crowded field and you have to be very aggressive, something that I’m not. It’s almost folly to think that you’re going to succeed. But, I will always be glad that I did it. I realize that self-publishing is not for everyone. If you can get your opus traditionally published, congratulations, but if not, you know you have other options.

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    • I loved your book! Why is it too late to market it? Couldn’t you still enter it in a few contests?
      To be honest, I don’t look forward to tooting my horn either. I will have to self-promote no matter which publishing avenue I walk down. Hopefully I’ll just keep looking ahead to the next one.
      Are you writing another? Or a screenplay?

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      • Thanks for the warm fuzzies for my worst seller. I have no idea what contests I’d enter it in. Right now, I’m still in withdrawal from my new home adventure. When I’m ready I will work on something else, but it’s too early to say what that will be. Ont thing I know for certain is that I was born self-promotion deficient.

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        • I am too. I hate the thought of pushing my wares like a cart on the street. I’d have to come up with a jingle like, “Wild Rider, selling her books, come read them for free.” No that wouldn’t work. See? I’m no good at it either.

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  17. What an interesting post–and fascinating responses. I can’t really add much because I’ve never tried the traditional pub route. After I (finally) finished my first book AND worked with amazing editor Mary to (sob!) completely redo it, I only sent out one query, to a new publisher recommended by an online friend. Georgia Woods at Hartwood (then called Taliesin) offered to publish the book and she has done all but one of my books since then. Yes, I still have to work on the marketing (and yes, I SUCK at that) but the professional editing, formatting, covers, etc. are all done for me.

    I really saw the value they add when I self-published one little indie book, a humorous travel memoir that I’d originally done as a blog series. And while it is true that it made more money in the past two months than my other books combined in the last year, it also took a LOT more time and energy.

    My next book? Back to my publisher at Hartwood, of course. That is the publishing route that works for me. But I’m not going to be writing any stories for The Guardian about why all other routes are stupid.

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    • That’s how I would self-pub. Pay someone to do the work. I think you are genius at self-promotion and have it handled!
      Thanks for your insight on self-publishing on your own and for your comparison to using a company to help. Would you ever do all the work yourself again?

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  18. I agree totally with you – if I was at the stage of having a novel ready to publish, I would try things in the order you described too. No shame in self-publishing, I just wish that some of those who self-publish would follow the traditional path of editing it and re-editing it themselves, and getting it properly proof checked and read by a few people who know what they’re doing, and then re-editing, and polishing etc. I know my saying that goes against saying that everyone is free to make their own choice, but it does tarnish the reputation of self-published books for everyone when some people don’t take that extra care to ensure it is as good as it can be first. Of course they are free to publish without doing that and it’s their choice, I just wish they’d make a different choice sometimes! (I think I’m just feeling this a bit strongly at the moment as I’m struggling my way through reading a self-published book that is hard going to read, but could have been vastly improved if they had consulted more first!).

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    • Amen, Vanessa-Jane! I run a small indie press that operates as an author coop. We critique and edit each other’s work (as well as each author using beta readers) and then one of us does a final proofread. That was the main reason we banded together in the first place, so that we could vet each other’s work and try to get past that stigma that indie means poorly produced.

      But I’ve got to say that I’ve read some poorly proofread trad-pubbed books in recent years as well. One I had to put down (and I almost never stop reading a book midway). I just couldn’t take all the mistakes.

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      • Amen, Kassandra. It’s a business as well as an art. The “gate keepers” now are the readers, and they’re often more brutal than the old days form rejection slip, with public reviews that live forever. As indie authors, we must respect our own work as well as the readers, and provide a professional experience.

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      • And that’s the way to do it, I think some self-publishers think they can’t afford to pay a proofreader/editor, but they don’t have to pay if they do a reciprocal thing with others. Win-win all round! I agree too, really bad to find lots of mistakes in a traditionally published work.

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    • That is such a good point, Vanessa.

      I can’t tell you how many books I’ve tossed because they were only edited by a critique group. Even with pro editors, mistakes slip through. There are millions of different reasons readers can have for not getting into a book. It should at least be easy to read.

      What really gets me are overused words or phrases. I can only take “cast a gaze” once a page. If all the characters choose to cast a gaze, it throws me out. I’m sure I have a few of my own faves and hope they are caught so my book isn’t pitched for a totally avoidable and stupid reason. Ha! I have found errors in best sellers. That must “kill” an author. I read a tweet by Neil Gaiman telling a reader he would correct “the typo” in the next edition. I had heard a lot of errors have something to do with being printed in China. Not sure about that.
      Thanks so much for your input, Vanessa!

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  19. Everyone has their opinions, and there’s more than one way to do most things. And just because you do have a traditional contract does not mean your work is “better” (however defined…product, process, time, etc…) than an indie work. It simply means a publishing oligarchy feels they can sell what you have. It is no statement on the quality of your work. It IS a statement on the manuscript’s/house’s financials. Good or bad? It just is.

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    • That first draft can take a while, Peg. Writing a book is completely different than writing essays. I’ve put myself through a crash course over the last five years to learn and I will keep learning…
      Is it fiction or non?
      Querying is insane. I finally feel confident about my letter. It took a blogging friend’s input, who is a non-fiction publisher, to finally get it right. *fingers crossed*

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  20. Yeah, this subject is still a big Pandora’s Box for some people. I think most folks are on board with the idea of just doing what feels comfortable for you, but I still hear comments about self-published books not being “real” books. What? I guess guys who make their own flying crafts are not considered “real” pilots with “real” planes either.

    I’ve chosen to disengage from what others proclaim to be the “only” way to do something. Seems like those folks have really closed minds. Why confine yourself to a method that may not work for you? I know a lot of very successful (and wealthy) traditional AND self-published authors. Kudos to those folks.

    I’m with you – now I’m also off to polish my work in progress. Somebody, agent, editor, publisher, reader is going to love it some day.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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    • We will love it, Patricia! It will be worth all the work.
      I agree about being closed minded. I would love to be handheld through the process the first time no matter what kind of publishing I choose. I would hire a company to self-pub. I can’t see doing everything myself. In the meanwhile, I still have time. Finding someone who loves my project enough to pitch it to traditional publishers would really pump me up. *fingers crossed* That said, I can’t do the querying thing forever! I have other carrots to dice, seedlings to plant, and those dang fish need frying. 🙂
      Good luck to you! I can’t wait to read it.

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  21. I have a manuscript I am working on currently. I am in the re-write phase, and then I will begin to query agents. Here’s the thing. It has such strong Christian themes that a secular publisher probably won’t touch it. But it is gritty enough that a Christian publisher may not want it, either. The themes are as important to the story as the grit. They go hand in hand. Who is redemption for? Is it for the clean and the pretty and the holy, or is it for those of us who are sinners? Anyway, long story short, I am probably looking at self-pub, and I’m okay with it. I have other stories that a traditional publisher might want. I’m with you. Whichever way helps us cross the finish line is a good way.

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    • You have a great attitude! There are a lot of small pubs that may be interested. Send it out when it’s ready. You never know. 🙂
      I will continue down this grueling path until I get lucky or hit my self-imposed due date. Sometimes it’s hard to keep going, but I will… *chugs on* Think is we will get published one way or another and that’s the good news!

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  22. My self-published book was a disaster, though that may have had more to do with the content than anything else…
    I wish you all the best, Susie; if anyone can make it, it’s you.

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    • I think you take self-effacing to a whole new level, Hook and underestimate your talent. Keep on writing!
      As far as making it, I find it’s a steep and frustrating uphill climb. After all the comments pro-self-publishing, I wonder why I’m putting myself through it. But thanks, Hook!

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  23. I couldn’t find a publisher for my debut thriller, though I’ve had other books published by Big 5 publishers, and neither could my agent. He suggested I self-publish, as I’d had soem success with indie romcoms under another name. So I did, doing all the editing and cover work etc myself.

    My thriller has now sold coming up to 50,000 copies (since September ’15) and hit No. 1 in the UK Kindle chart in December, with very little marketing. It’s been picked up by Amazon Publishing’s Thomas & Mercer, who have given me a very generous 2-book contract for ebook and paperback worldwide. So, erm, pay no attention to naysayers like Ros Barber, who very rudely calls people like me ‘fools’. Whatever.

    If you have a great book to sell, and are focused on your readers, not what other people might think of your career choices, you will almost certainly succeed. Good luck! 🙂

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    • WOW! Thanks so much for sharing your success story! It is so great to hear about your journey. 50,000 copies in 6 months is insane! Do you think you already had a following and that helped?
      I will give it the old college try until summer and research self-publishing.
      Thanks again for sharing your story!

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