Here are some highlights from a blog post at The Passive Voice. The remarks come from a traditionally published author.
5 Reasons To Self Publish (Edited for highlights I fund interesting, emphasis added – Dan)
Unless you deliver an ‘approved manuscript’ your book won’t even be published. That means there’s subtle pressure on you to take your editor’s notes – whether you agree with them or not. Notes will come from your agent, the editorial assistant, even the publisher. And their input can range anywhere from the helpful – to the heartbreaking. Even the marketing department gets in on things.
The book wouldn’t hit the shelves for at least eighteen months – probably more. It would be crazy to request a particular release date from a publisher. They have hundreds – if not thousands – of titles carefully staggered over many seasons.
The (2008 economic) downturn… resulted in less money for promotion. Book tours, launch parties and flashy displays are for only a lucky few writers. So whether you self-publish or not, you still have a huge job of promoting the book yourself – both in terms of time and money.
Neither of my novels were disasters but they didn’t perform as well as expected. What’s worse, I turned into an emotional wreck after the books flopped.
Indy writers have changed the game completely. Today every writer on the planet has the opportunity to reach millions of readers – and there isn’t the same stigma to self-publishing there once was.
What I find most interesting is that even with a big contract, (Romance writer Jasinda Wilder, who recently signed a 7-figure book deal with Berkley) Jasinda is going to continue to self-publish some titles.
From author Sheri McInnis via Gordon A. Wilson. Original link:
from The Passive Voice
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Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious upcoming novel “Poggibonsi: an italian misadventure.” Check out his other works HERE .