I don't have a horse in this race, since I'm a short story writer and so basically live in a version of the 'traditional' publishing universe (ie. there's not yet a solid short fiction self-publishing streak that I'm aware of. Certainly Amazon's 'singles' offering is simply awful). I like to offer as much information to people deciding about which path to take (and remember you can take both, in some circumstances). Remember that when you are self-publishing you are taking on a huge chunk of the business management of writing that you normally wouldn't have to worry about. Annabel Smith has done both:
The advent of self-publishing on a mass scale has ben the single biggest change to the publishing industry since the arrival of the paperback at the turn of the last century. While some people dismissed it as a fad, it looks like it’s here to stay. My first two novels – A New Map of the Universe and Whisky Charlie Foxtrot – were traditionally published, but when it came to my third novel The Ark – a digital, interactive experimental speculative-fiction – I was unable to find a publisher who felt like the right fit and I decided to go it alone.
These are some of the perks and pitfalls I discovered on my self-publishing journey.
As per usual I'm just going to show herpoints. Click through to the original article for a detailed look at each point:
The Cons of Self-Publishing
- Self-Publishing Costs Money & You May Not Break Even
- Discoverability is an Ongoing Challenge
- Self-Publishing Consumes Time Which Could be Spent Writing
And the Pros
- Total Control
- Better Financial Returns
- Better Understanding of the Publishing Process