An informative and well-argued article by fellow fantasy writer Alex Hurst, posted at Nicholas Rossis’ blog. I couldn’t have written my own explanation for wanting to pursue traditional publishing route over self-publishing any better myself.
It’s worth mentioning that Alex approached this topic from a respectful standpoint, too. She acknowledges that some writers will prefer to self-publish, and in her response to readers’ comments she congratulates each writer on their individual publishing choices. This show of support is so important. I also believe that we writers should respect each other’s choices when it comes to publishing, and we celebrate each other’s successes regardless of those choices. I know a number of writers who have self-published or are planning to self-publish – and I’m thrilled that they’re doing what they think is right for them. 🙂
So, whether you want to traditionally publish or self-publish, I hope you find this as enlightening and encouraging as I did.
As you know, I’ve self-published some of my books, and published traditionally others. When I posted a (somewhat cheeky) infographic about Self-publishing vs. Traditional Publishing, my friend Alex Hurst pointed out that there’s lot more to be gained from following the traditional path than suggested by the post.
After she had made a few great arguments in the comments, I asked her to write up a guest post on the subject, as she had obviously put a lot of thought into the subject. She came up with the great post below. Enjoy!
3 Reasons to Go Traditional
These days, self-publishing is all the rage, and with the prominence of DIY publishers like Amazon, Smashwords, and Draft-2-Digital, it’s not hard to see why. Authors can take full control of the creative process, editing only what they want to, choosing (or making) a cover they feel presents their book faithfully, and distributing to whatever…
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