Should I Publish Traditionally or Go Indie?

I was browsing my reader this morning, as one does. Nicholas is someone I always read, so I opened his post. The cartoon sucked me in, but the content is wonderful. This is one of the best depictions of traditional vs. self publishing I’ve ever seen. Even those who aren’t writers will find it interesting.

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksThis is a question I head surprisingly often, especially from new authors. I always tell people that both are valid ways, and advise them to pursue a traditional publishing contract first, if that’s what they want. However, they should not stop at that. Instead, they should keep their options open, should they fail to get a contract.

Secretly, I know that 99% of them will end up Indie. Not because their books are no good, but because of a simple truth: what publisher will prefer an unknown author who’s only just starting out to a midlister Indie with thousands of fans and an established platform?

So, my advice would be to try both and see what works for you. But don’t waste years waiting for an agent or a publisher to come back to you. It’s just not worth it anymore. Besides, you have better chances at being picked by an agent or…

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3 responses to “Should I Publish Traditionally or Go Indie?

  1. Thank you so much for the rebkog. I’m glad you enjoyed the post so much 🙂

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  2. I recently read an article in a trade magazine I get for the Romance Writers of America. It had a very handy (also very scary!) list of things to do when preparing to self-publish. I think that if I’d gone through traditional publishing, I’d be more comfortable taking that on myself, but without some practice and guidance, I fear the results. 🙂 That’s just me though. I commend the brave and resourceful indie writers out there!


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