Traditional publishing VS self publishing – Do you have an opinion?

June 18, 2007

When I started writing my first manuscript several years ago, it was a career changing decision. I knew I’d approach becoming a long-term career author through the traditional route of finding the appropriate agent who would represent my work and sell me to a big name publishing house. Two mss later (I’m working on number three), though I haven’t hooked an agent yet, I’m polishing, submitting, and continuing to create new work with the positive attitude that it will happen. One day, I will see my books in print.

Interestingly enough, as I’ve traveled to conferences to sharpen my writing skills, I’ve met many people who’ve asked if I’d ever consider self publishing? I haven’t, but is it an option I should explore? Would it help build a readership? Would it assist me in cementing my BRAND – The heart of change is the change of heart? Does self-publishing benefit or hurt a writer’s reputation? I’m curious, what are the pros and cons of each method?

If you have an opinion, I’d love to hear it. Please, post your comments and get the discussion started.

Here are a few other questions to consider responding to as well. As a reader, do you care what publishing house published the book you are reading? What draws you to buy a specific book? What is the maximum amount you would spend on a paperback novel? How about on a hardcover? Do you have anything else to propose for discussion?

I look forward to an exciting and informative debate.

Happy Monday — Christine.


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