I remember when I finished the final draft of my novel—I was a mix-mash of emotions ranging from pride, excitement to terror. The terror being…yikes, how do I get my book into reader’s hands? Do I tackle the traditional route of trying to find a publisher or, do I opt for self-publishing?
What’s the difference between traditional and self-publishing?
Simply put, traditional publishing is when an author does not pay to publish their work and self-publishing is when an author pays to publish their work.
Before you can make a well-informed decision about which pathway you would like to take, I recommend that you consider the following:
Pros and Cons of a Traditional Publisher
Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing
The Next Step
How you decide to take your book to the next level is a very personal decision. One that is made on what it is you as a writer want to accomplish. When I was up to my eyeballs in rejection with my first novel (over 100) and time was tick-tick-ticking away MANY people voiced their opinion that I was crazy not to venture into the self-publishing world. For me, at the time, the decision was based on my priorities and that being I wanted the credibility of a traditional publishing house behind me—I was willing to slug it out and wait.
For those who are considering self-publishing, do your research and if you move in this direction do so with realistic expectations. I am confident you will be marketing the beejeepers out of your work while many other author’s manuscripts (such as mine) are still sitting in the slush pile.
Choose the pathway that is best for you. They are both great options. Best wishes in your literary journey.