Sunday, July 13, 2014
Which Road--Traditional or Self Publishing?
With so much changing and in flux with the publishing industry, it can be difficult for a writer to know what are the best options, the best choices, to make for their writing and their career.
When I started writing, it was simpler simply because there were less real options. Write a book. Query agents. Get rejected.
Or not (if you were really, really, really LUCKY.)
And then, your agent sent you out on submission--and you got rejected.
(unless you were really, really, REALLY lucky)
So it was simple, even if that simplicity was ultimately a depressingly horrid existence that wrecked havoc on the majority of writers' innately delicate egos.
Today, with the ease and accessibility of self-publishing, there are more options, more choices--but we lose the simplicity of non-choice. Some writers yell to the heavens, "THANK YOU! THANK YOU!" Then stride happily on in full command, for better or worse, of their projects.
But some get a little paralyzed at where the roads diverge in that yellow wood.
With a completed manuscript in hand, which now equally traveled road should we head down?