As the notorious (well …) “BE” reaches the end stage of editing, the point of no return, i.e. publication, draws nearer. Soon it’ll be time for my little birdie to leave the nest, to venture out into the world, and meet all its potential readers; to encounter whatever fate awaits it.
The only question is: how?
As a publishing student, I should probably favour the traditional way: agent – publisher – reader. And sure, there is a lot of positives with going through a professional publishing house, not the least in terms of marketing and packaging. If you get picked at all, that is. The whole gatekeeping, quality control, that this route entails is of course good and necessary, but so many factors play in, especially for a debuting author such as myself.
So then I think … self-publishing intrigues me. It seems exciting. Powerful. Manageable?
My 5 thoughts:
- Marketing, promotion etc is a tough nut – to stand out from the masses on e.g. Amazon.
- Quality control – should probably get a professional editor to check it.
- The freedom! I can be in control of eve-ry-thing (control freak nerve cheers!).
- Genre: “BE” is a YA imaginative (think Divergent or Hunger Games) novel – the perfect genre for self-publishing!
- Though the market in the US and the UK regard self-published authors a little higher than in Sweden, this general opinion that self-pub novels are “the rejected ones” bugs me. Sure, it’s probably true a lot of the time, but so many factors can turn a publisher’s reply from yes to no so it’s not always directly related to quality.
This is most likely the first of many posts regarding this topic. That I’m painfully indecisive isn’t helping at all. Any thoughts and own experiences one way or the other are more than welcome.
For example: Those of you who are self-pub, what made you decide to go down that route? What are the trap doors? Would you do it any differently?