There are pros and cons to both routes, so it really depends on both the author and the book itself what the best option is. For some, that may be an easy decision. For example, they may decide to self-publish if they are only trying to reach a small audience or if they’re writing mainly for their own pleasure. For others, they may get a traditional publishing contract right away and never even think about self-publishing. For still others, they may spend years pursuing traditional publishing, and turn to self-publishing as a last-resort. Many people are somewhere in between and have an infinite number of reasons for their decisions.
And some are hybrid authors, with some books picked up by traditional publishers and others self-published.
I’ve wrestled with this decision ever since I began pursuing writing as more than a hobby. Traditional publishing is still my ultimate goal for my novels, and I’m not ready to give up on that quite yet.
However, over the last year or so I’ve begun seriously considering self-publishing some of my other things.
If you’ve been following me awhile, you know I recently had a setback in my traditional publishing pursuit (Dealing with Disappointment. Again.). As an offshoot of that, I’ve been thinking more about getting some of my work out there, even if it’s not a traditionally published novel.
Many of you may remember my series, The Amulet Saga, that I did here. Well, I finished that series, wrapping up the saga with a few extra stories that I never posted here, but since the rest of them are available online, it’s unlikely I’d even get a publisher to look twice at the series, anyway. So, I’ve decided to pursue self-publishing The Amulet Saga.
I have someone editing my manuscript, and now I’m looking into the cost of creating a quality cover. Then, I’ll start actively pursuing self-publishing options.
I don’t have a for-sure timeline, but my hope is to have a finished product in time for the Realm Makers conference.
So, that said, I’m open to suggestions. Have you self-published? What have you found to be effective? What do you wish you’d done differently? Would you buy a short story collection? What would make you more or less interested?