Self Publishing vs. Traditional

I’m going to warn everybody now I am biased on the subject of publishing. Sure you can write whatever you want and throw it up on amazon, but that does not make you a prolific author. Writing good material is hard, I’m not sure I have written anything worth while at this point in my measly career. But I have had publishers and editors work with me and offer encouragement.

I personally prefer Traditional publishing. It’s harder, and much more grueling. But I need someone to tell me no. If my work stinks, I don’t want to offer it to readers. How can a writer know if their story shines without feedback from others before it’s published.

Now there are some really talented, niche authors who have had a rough go with traditional publishing, and pushed themselves to create something awesome, before making it big going through amazon e-publishing. I don’t want to say it’s not an option, but I feel that it’s more of a fall back.

There’s a a reason why writing is competitive. Everyone think they’re an author. Myself included. The market is flooded thanks the e-book boom.

E-books are great. I’m happy that I can pick up a digital copy of mostly any book and read it before I have a physical copy in my house. I don’t need any more clutter. But when I really love a book I own the digital and the physical copy.

If you’re more interested in just getting your story out, and not worried about gaining readers then self publishing isn’t a bad idea. But for those of us who write to connect with others, traditional publishing is the way to go.

Yes it’s a long arduous process, but it’s also very rewarding. When you have a publisher who believes in your work and offers you a contract, it means that you stand out. Having a team to help you make your material as good as it can be helps to make the story more accessible to others. Marketing is expensive and rigorous. It is not easy to do everything yourself.

Like I said, I’m biased. I want to encourage everyone. I want everyone to succeed. But I know it’s not realistic, and I know that in order to succeed, writers much look to others for growth.

If you’re set on self publishing, make sure you know your craft. get your story edited by someone else, use beta readers. Do all of the things a publisher would. If you put in the work, readers can tell.

3 thoughts on “Self Publishing vs. Traditional

  1. wlloydjr says:

    I’ve questioned this many times in my tiny brain the last year or so. I use to be really interested in traditionally publishing a novel, but I never submitted any of my work. I stuck with self-publishing because at the time I had a busy schedule with my day job. Also, I enjoy writing at my own pace. Yes, it takes longer to pump a novel out, but I would rather put something together in my own time frame. That is one of my weaknesses in a writer’s stand point though. Realistically, I can’t make enough on writing to put food on the table, but I can still dream big.

    1. jessmbaum says:

      If you’re not even attempting to submit to publishers, it seems like a cop out. I’m glad that you find fulfillment in self publishing. That’s awesome! But most indie publishers accept finished manuscripts anyway, so you’re still working at your own pace. It’s what you do with the finished product that’s different. Again, I warned everybody. I’m biased. I’ve been burned by too many self published books that are bad amateur reads. I don’t want any of my work to ever do that to anyone. haha

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