Traditional Publishing Versus Self-Publishing – The Debate Continues
I think that all authors/writers should research the market constantly, whether they be traditionally published or Indie authors. And I’ve been doing just that. If you haven’t, you might find some of the links contained in this post of interest to you.
I have just been reading a marvellous Forbes -based article, ‘50 Writing Tips From My 15 Years As An Author’ by Kevin Kruse. It’s a very enlightening and encouraging article for writers of all genres.
Then I came upon an article in the books section of the Guardian online by Ros Barber, entitled, ‘For me, traditional publishing means poverty. But self-publish? No way.’
Ros, talks of the pitiful advance that he has recently received from a traditional publishing deal and appears to be dead against self-publishing, citing some issues that she has with the indie industry.
Now both authors here are providing their valuable opinions, based on their beliefs and experiences to date, and as ever we can take from those what we wish.
However, when I was reading Teleread, I came across ‘An open letter to Ros Barber on self-publishing’ By Paul St John Mackintosh. Paul politely addresses the words or Ros on a point by point basis and does so very well indeed. I wonder if there will be a response?
You see, everyone has their points of view, and can substantiate those beliefs, views, opinions in many ways. At the end of the day, it is up to the individual which route they take, traditional publishing or self-publishing, or depending on genre(s), maybe a combination of the two.
Here are just some of the considerations discussed:
– dedicating time to writing
– marketing activities, book design, etc
– writing with the intention of being recognised in literature prizes such as Booker
at the moment
– for indie authors foregoing attendance at many literature festivals
– higher royalties versus lower royalties
– more control versus less control
I’ve decided to take the self-publishing route and keep my mind open to all possibilities.
Take a look for yourself and form your opinion. And feel free to share your comments.