I’ve been working on my novels, perfecting them as much as I can, and getting ready for publishing – maybe next year. However, the issue of going the traditional route or self publishing has been on my thoughts especially because self publishing is not the taboo it used to be, and more reputable authors are self publishing. At the same time, there is a lot of crap out and the stigma may hold true these days, so that is my dilemma.
I have read much on the various routes that I can take – publish on demand (POD), going with a small but long-time established publisher, taking the traditional route and pray for an agent … Although this will not happen now, I worry about the decision – simply, because this is not one to take lightly or to rush. Once you self-publish your name is out there, therefore, you want to present to the readers your best work at the time. In addition, English is not my mother tongue, so I have to make sure that there are no linguistic errors besides the usual grammatical, style, punctuation … and so on. That is why I am not rushing and that is why I see it as a huge responsibility – as if I have been entrusted something to deliver to the world.
In preparation for the big day – the day I decide which route to take – I’ve been following author Cliff Burns’ blog – Beautiful Desolation (a pro at it) and I ‘ve been reading lots on the topic. One interesting series is the How to Get Published Series that As the Pages Turn is doing. A few authors get to tell their story on how they got published, some of the challenges they met, and other interesting issues. I like to read Claire Cook’s blog, who is a best-selling author and have gone through the traditional method of publishing. Her blog is full of insight and great topics of interest to aspiring writers. Check out her section dedicated to Aspiring Writers and watch her videos.
Thanks to the development of the internet, there is a lot on the topic that I can research before deciding on which road to take; however, there are tons of scams out there and that is something to be mindful of to avoid making the mistakes that many people in the rush of publishing their books have made.
Wether it is self-publishing or traditional publishing, both require a lot of focus and work. There are advantages and disadvantages for both, and many will be of a personal matter (financial, likes and dislikes, freedom …) which is different for every person. In addition, there is the move to another state, the restoration of a dilapidated farmhouse that will become my permanent home, and many other issues that are pushing the decision to publish further away. It will be in due time. I am a firm believer of the adage “things always work for the best.”