09-04-2007 08:29 AM
It's fine to pursue the traditional publishing route, but for most people it's a route to nowhere (plus, it's incredibly disheartening to deal with so much rejection!) My advice is this: set a deadline, like six months or a year, for getting an agent and/or a book contract. If you're not successful, don't fret--just go to "Plan B" and decide to self-publish. There are many ways to get your book into print and many won't break your bank account.
Be prepared for criticism from literary types. Many traditionalists believe that an author should NEVER pay to be published. (Of course, many of these people work within the traditional industry and have an interest in having less competition!) But independent film and indie music have become accepted alternatives to those traditional businesses...so shouldn't publishing follow suit?
Let's hear what you think!
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09-27-2007 05:21 PM
09-29-2007 12:24 AM
So I'd say, for this first novel (The Verge of Psychosis: An Aspiring Actor's Journal), it was definitely for me. I do kind of regret not having the patience to try and go the traditional route, but I just had to get this first story out there, and self-publishing was a pretty painless way of doing it.
I used iUniverse, who I can definitely recommend, although I know no other, so I'd be interested to find out what others have experienced.
I sure am glad we aren't in the days of handwritten novels anymore. Although, if we were, I'm pretty I would have still made myself self-publish something. Man, how did they even promote or distribute books back then?
Anyway, I think too much. I'm gonna go watch Sportscenter. Yes, self-publish if you absolutely, have to get your story out.
09-29-2007 12:26 AM
Thumbs up. Smile. Holding signed copy of my own book.
10-08-2007 11:35 PM
The important thing to remember with self-publishing is that marketing your work is almost totally up to you and it is at least as much work as writing the book in the first place. Know your goals going into the adventure, have a plan to meet them, and you are less likely to be disappointed with the final results. Few people buy a book solely based on who published it.
12-29-2007 09:57 AM
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Message Edited by Irishbookish on 03-02-2008 01:29 PM
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