My 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.”
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I am an unpublished author.
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:
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:
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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