Traditional publishing vs self-publishing has become an issue for a number of writers. Some authors believe that unless they can attract the attention of a traditional publisher their work is no good. They see self-publishing as a cop-out. Others find the process of finding an agent and publisher debilitating and not one that furthers their growth, but rather stymies their talents until they give up in frustration.
So what's right? I don't believe there is any right answer. If the author truly believes that they've failed unless they have an agent and a contract from a major publisher, then that's what they should try to do. On the other hand, there are many opportunities for growth in the area of self-publishing. From cover design to text editing and marketing, it's your baby and you're free to do whatever you can to make it grow.
My personal preference is for self-publishing. I enjoy all the creative aspects of producing my book. If I'm not satisfied with the cover, it's my job and I can redo it. I have complete control over editing. If I find problems in one edition, I can fix them. I don't have to petition the publisher and then wait for a decision on whether the publisher will agree to make the changes. My theory is that it's my name on the book, and it reflects badly on me if there a serious errors.
However, I do understand that validation is important to some authors. They want an agent and a publisher so they can feel they've arrived. In the end, they may make a lot more money that I will, but will they have the same fun and challenge?
If you're interested in self-publishing, Elysabeth Edering and I will be doing a free course sponsored by Writers on the Move on 16 September. Come join us. Whether it's for you or not, we hope to give you some information that may come in handy some day. To register email Elysabeth at: firstname.lastname@example.org Please put “September Workshop” in the subject box.
Nancy Famolari's website: http://sites.google.com/site/nancyfamolari/
Nancy Famolari's Place: http://nancygfamolari.blogspot.com/
Books by Nancy Famolari are available on Amzaon.com
Murder In Montbleu
The Lake House
Unwelcome Guest at Fair Hill Farm